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Hot Properties

TITLE: HOT PROPERTIES - ABC 2005


Info:

Premiere Date: Friday, October 7, 2005 (Warner Bros. Television)
Network: ABC
Time: Fridays at 9:30 p.m.
Cast: Starring Gail O’Grady, Nicole Sullivan, Sofia Vergara, Christina Moore, Stephen Dunman, Evan Handler and Amy Hill.


Introduction:

Hot Properties is about four women who run a real estate firm in downtown Manhattan. It reminds me of a mix of Sex and the City and Designing Women. The four women are very unpredictable. These very different career women are at various stages in their lives and, when they're not catering to high-end clients, they're coping with their own personal predicaments. Strong friendships are fueled by all these distinct personalities. Though they may be at different points in their lives, these friends and officemates share a common bond of being there for each other through thick and thin.


Cast Details:

"Hot Properties" stars Gail O'Grady as Ava Summerlin, Nicole Sullivan as Chloe Reid, Sof’a Vergara as Lola Hernandez, Christina Moore as Emerson Ives, Stephen Dunham as Dr. Charlie Thorpe, Evan Handler as Dr. Sellers Boyd and Amy Hill as Mary. Forty-something realtor Ava Summerlin (Gail O'Grady) runs the Hot Properties real estate firm. This former party animal is totally in love with her new husband, a handsome 25-year-old who doesn't know her real age -- a fact her co-workers remind her of often. Ava and her husband want to start a family as soon as possible, but something's not right and Ava wonders if it's her age or his "swimmers" that are preventing their dream from coming true. Then there is Chloe Reid (Nicole Sullivan), who could find happiness with any guy who could simply remember her the day after their date. A self-help book junkie, Chloe is still digesting the book that has helped her realize that no one has ever been that "into" her. Recently divorced after being married to a gay man -- unknowingly -- for ten years, voluptuous Lola Hernandez (Sof’a Vergara) needs to sharpen her "gay-dar" before jumping back into the dating pool -- which she dreads. Unafraid to speak her mind, Lola seems oblivious to the effect she has on men. The latest addition to this eclectic work group is the young, rich and never-worked-a-day-in-her-life Emerson Ives (Christina Moore). Emerson instantly bonds with the women -- who began their relationship with her as her real estate agents -- upon learning that her supposedly virginal fiancé was anything but.


Plot:

The pilot centers on the characters of Ava, Chloe and Lola looking for a new real estate agent. They found her in Emerson. Little does Emerson know that Ava and Chloe have something in common with her—they both know her fiancé! Funny part is that fiancé was telling Emerson that he is a virgin, little does she know! Will Emerson still join the firm after what she has learned about two of her new co-workers? And will Emerson dump that lying fiancé? These questions and more will be answered when YOU watch the show on October 7!

The second episode is called "Chick Stuff." It will air on October 14th. Lola's pet chicken, Mittens, dies. Ava invites her and the girls to her apartment to console her. They talk about what is missing in their lives and they get drunk. Choloe's mother, Candice Reed, drops by and is very critical of her. Emerson Ives becomes a new assistant at Summerlin & Associates Realty after being a client in the pilot episode. Christine Estabrook (Mrs. Huber on Desperate Housewives) is very funny in her role. I think it would be great if she became a recurring character on the show.


Analysis:

Pavan: The plot is pretty good. There are a lot of laughs in here. The other girls looking at Lola’s chest gets tiring, it was funny at first, but they do it so much! I like her subplot about her marrying a gay person and didn’t know until 10 years later that he was gay. There was a hilarious scene of her and a taxi driver. Chloe’s character seems way too dumb; it was funny how Emerson’s fiancé didn’t remember her.

Todd: I watched the pilot and the second episode. The cast seems to have good chemistry here. Nicole Sullivan has the funniest lines. Gail O'Grady makes a nice transition from dramas like NYPD Blue and American Dreams to comedy. Amy Hill and the doctors (Stephen Dunham and Evan Handler) seem to be a bit under utilized in the first two episodes.


Conclusion:

Pavan: I liked the show. I think it has potential. It does remind me of Designing Women. I’ve never seen Sex and the City, so I can’t compare it to that. The show is airing on Friday nights where there isn’t much pressure. Following Supernanny and Hope & Faith, the women audience is certainly there. Guys should watch this show because it stars four beautiful women, who are all in different age ranges. Who knows maybe these four women will be like the next Desperate Housewives! Of course the ratings will be nothing like that, but I think the show will last the season with decent ratings for a Friday. I recommend watching this show, it is much better than Freddie’s pilot. Tune in October 7!

Todd: I agree with Pavan. This series has potential. The cast is exellent and the writing in the first two episodes was strong. I loved Gail O'Grady on American Dreams, and it is nice to see her make such a smooth transition to a sitcom. It seems to be a nice companion show with Hope & Faith. The show seems more like Designing Women than Desperate Housewives. I think it has a better than average chance of airing for a full season or more.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 4/5
Funniness: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 09/11/2005 and Todd Fuller on 10/10/2005.

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