TITLE: HOT PROPERTIES - ABC 2005
Premiere Date: Friday, October 7, 2005 (Warner Bros. Television)
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.
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.
"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.
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
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.
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.
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):
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 09/11/2005 and Todd Fuller on 10/10/2005.
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