You Wish (television) Series that debuted on ABC on September 26, 1997, and ended on September 4, 1998. Gillian Apple is trying her best to balance postdivorce parenting and a career when a shopping trip changes her life forever. When she is haggling for a rug in a store stocked with old-world wares, the rug’s design of a man magically comes to life in the form of a genie. The genie is anxious for a new master, but cannot get Gillian to make a wish binding him to her forever. Stars Harley Jane Kozak (Gillian Apple), John Ales (genie), Nathan Lawrence (Travis), Alex McKenna (Mickey), Jerry Van Dyke (Grandpa Max).