Shelley with Tom Mason in a 1986 writeup about Jack and Mike
Shelley's third foray into series television was Jack and Mike. It was about a busy couple who loved their jobs and each other but couldn't seem to find time to be together. Shelley played journalist Jackie Shea and Tom Mason co-starred as her husband, Mike "Brennan". The premiere episode received mixed reviews. Some loved it, some didn't; nevertheless, it did well enough that it aired for an entire season. A mid-season change in format must have had a hand in its demise - it began to focus less on the character's marriage. "What it's really about is a marriage," Shelley said of the series initially. "Jackie loves her job and her husband, and he loves his job and his wife, and they're trying to make it work."