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Less Than Perfect aired from October 2002 until June 2006 on ABC.

Office temp Claude ( Sara Rue) may have been a little " less than perfect" on the outside, with her chubby figure and low self-esteem , but she still managed to brighten the office at New York's GNB television network. She had worked for two years as a floater in the " middle earth" of obscure administrative departments before being promoted to the twenty-second floor and the coveted position of assistant to suave , egotistical anchorman Will ( Eric Roberts). There she faced pompous backstabber Kipp (Zachary Levi), an assistant producer, and arrogant ( and skinny) Lydia ( Andrea Parker), who wanted Claude's job for herself. Everyday Claude brought cheerfullness and sometimes freshly baked brownies to the office, and everday Kipp and Lydia plotted to sabotage her , to no avail. Chubby, tart Romona ( Sherri Shepherd) and flaky Owen ( Andy Dick)were Claude's pals from the lower floors.

In the fall of 2003 Claude's blowhard next-door neighbor Carl ( Will Sasso) joined GNB as the cafeteria manager, while Lydia found a love interest in opinionated pundit Jeb ( Patrick Warburton). After a long and bumpy engagement Lydia and Jeb were married in April 2005. In the final, abbreviated season in the spring of 2006, Will left to become ambassador to Spain and Jeb became the new GNB anchorman. He promptly promoted Lydia to producer. Since Kipp was Jeb's assistant Claude was now out of a job, forcing her to go to work for her longtime tormentor Lydia. There were many dating adventures along the way, but by series' end Claude had begun a relationship with crazy Carl.

A Review from Variety

Less Than Perfect
(Series -- Abc, Tues., Oct. 1, 9:30 P.M.)

Filmed in Los Angeles by Wass/Stein Productions in association with Touchstone Television. Executive producers, Terry Minsky, Nina Wass, Gene Stein; producer, Bob Heath; director, Ted Wass; writer, Minsky.

Claude - Sara Rue
Ramona - Sherri Shepherd
Lydia - Andrea Parker
Kipp - Zachary Levi
Owen - Andy Dick
Will - Eric Roberts

It's title much too optimistic, ABC's "Less Than Perfect" is in love with the idea that chubby folks are people too. Mildly amusing in bits and pieces whenever it highlights workplace politics, show, airing after "Life With Bonnie" on the Alphabet's Tuesday night comedy lineup, is a low-rent proposition, with full-figured Sara Rue taking center stage as a working girl with major confidence issues. Problems aside, it's casting director should be applauded for getting Eric Roberts and Andy Dick to share screen time.
Taking a page from "Will & Grace's" let's-be-mean-to-everyone book, "Perfect" doesn't always stick to its guns. One moment, its lead is taking harsh criticism from her fellow (and thinner) colleagues at a TV station, and the next, she's baking brownies and listening to their advice. She's admittedly sad, lonely and terribly unhappy, yet she's constantly upbeat. It's much too manic and unfocused.

But that's apparently the life lived by Claudia "Claude" Casey (Rue), a floating temp at the news division who finally gets her big break when she's upped to the 22nd floor after a stint on "middle earth" pushing papers alongside Ramona (Sherri Shepherd) and Owen (Dick).

Moving up in stature as well, her new job is to aid Will Burton (Roberts), a selfish anchorman who can't remember any of his flaws but sees how caring Claude can be and how terrific her attitude is. In fact, he thinks she'd be a good foil for backstabber Kipp (Zachary Levi), an assistant producer chock-full of sarcasm and huge insults, and Lydia (Andrea Parker), a shallow, beautiful up-and-comer who thought the position would be hers.

"Perfect" is brisk and bouncy enough, but the aftertaste is stale. Watching Casey degrade herself with joke after joke isn't particularly entertaining, especially since the fat fetish is such a lazy approach. Thesp is clearly talented -- she's done much TV work, including stints on "The Division" and the short-lived "The Simple Life" -- so the whole notion of overweight individuals finding the waters unbearable isn't particularly genuine here.

Supporting cast is a mixed bag. Newcomer Levy is hard to take at first, but his sharpedged zings, clearly modeled after Sean Hayes' barbs in 'Will & Grace," eventually win out. Dick is also a hoot as a sardonic colleague who's content to mock the higher-ups. Everyone else is going through the motions, with Roberts looking particularly uncomfortable as the flighty boss-with-a-heart-of-gold.

Tech credits are routine, and the series is too comfortable stuck in the confines of office space.

An Article from The New York Times

Prime Time Gets Real With a Plump Heroine

Published: October 8, 2002

When a friend warns Claudia, a plump office assistant, that her cutthroat newsroom colleagues would feed her ''to the wolves,'' Claudia retorts: ''Do you think that will make me thinner? Because I'll try anything -- except diet and exercise.''

It is the kind of line that Mary Richard's weight-obsessed sidekick Rhoda Morgenstern would have delivered on ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show'' 30 years ago. But on a new ABC sitcom, ''Less Than Perfect,'' it is the heroine who looks more like Anna Nicole Smith than Ally McBeal -- breaking what is perhaps one of television's last taboos.

The sudden embrace of the Rubenesque seems to span all across popular culture, from the Broadway hit ''Hairspray'' to the box-office success of ''My Big Fat Greek Wedding.'' As the ideal feminine form keeps getting thinner, real Americans keep growing larger. (The surgeon general last year said 60 percent of adults were overweight or obese.)

Movies, mass-market fiction, romance novels, television soap operas, the fashion industry, advertising and now prime-time television seem to be accommodating that reality.

The 24-year-old star of ''Less Than Perfect'' is pretty, perky and plump. ''I was so thrilled not to be the best friend,'' said Sara Rue, who played a portly high-school loser in ''Popular,'' a WB sitcom. ''I've been the best friend in everything.''

Networks long ago broke through racial and ethnic barriers. In 1998 NBC made a gay character a lead in ''Will & Grace.'' But ''Less Than Perfect'' marks the first time that a network cast as a nubile lead a relatively unknown actress because she was zaftig, and not despite it. If the show develops a large audience -- and its premiere last Tuesday did better than advertisers and critics expected -- it could mark the kind of television milestone usually associated with Bill Cosby, Eric McCormack or Oprah Winfrey.

''Uncool, less-than-beautiful heroines exist on television, but they are always played by beautiful actresses, and that never made any sense to me,'' explained Terri Minsky, the creator and executive producer of ''Less Than Perfect.''

She was a writer for ''Sex and the City,'' and created a gawky adolescent character for the Disney Channel sitcom ''Lizzie McGuire'' only to watch the network cast a gorgeous actress, Hilary Duff, for the role.

Ms. Minsky said that for her show, ''a size 12 actress was nonnegotiable.'' She added, ''Women have been really well represented on TV, except physically.'' Hollywood learned that there could be a big payoff this summer when a $5 million romantic comedy, ''Greek Wedding,'' written by the actress Nia Vardalos, who plays the heroine, hips and all, became one of the most profitable independent films ever made, grossing more than $138 million in the United States. (Hollywood's prior version of the beauty-is-only-skin-deep message involved putting Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit in last year's ''Shallow Hal.'')

Even the haughtiest fashion magazines pay ritual lip service to the allure of ''real-sized'' women, though such articles in Vogue or Harper's Bazaar usually sound as strained as Herbert von Karajan would introducing a Bavarian oompah band.

Other magazines have sprung up to fill the gap. In the September issue of ''More,'' a monthly magazine that targets women over 40, the actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who was known in Hollywood in the 1980's as ''the Body,'' poses in her underwear without makeup, flattering light or air-brushing. Ms. Curtis is by no means fat, but her body sags and ripples in a way that most Hollywood actresses would rather die than reveal.

Even that seems to be changing. Kathy Bates has an unsparing nude scene in the latest Jack Nicholson film, ''About Schmidt.'' Ridley Scott's film company, Scott Free Productions, has optioned ''In Her Shoes,'' a comic novel by Jennifer Weiner with a full-figured heroine that was published last week. Susannah Grant, who wrote ''Erin Brockovich, has signed to write the screenplay.

A television network is in negotiations to buy serial rights to Ms. Weiner's best-selling first novel, ''Good in Bed,'' about a plus-size reporter who is humiliated when her ex-boyfriend writes a sex advice column entitled ''Loving a Larger Woman.''

''It's part of the post-Sept. 11 reality in these times,'' said Donny Deutsch, chief executive of the Deutsch Advertising agency in New York. ''People don't want idealized, ridiculous notions of what we should be. We want to feel better about ourselves.''

Romance novels are allowing full-size readers to feel better about themselves, featuring Juno-esque damsels in distress. ''Ultimately everyone wants to be loved unconditionally,'' said Isabel Swift, a vice president of Harlequin Enterprises.

Even mobsters on ''The Sopranos' are paying their respects. This week, Tony Soprano's captain, Ralph Cifaretto, is almost whacked for mocking the obesity of Ginny Sack, the adored wife of the mobster Johnny Sack. Sack calls off the hit but delivers a poignant soliloquy on society's cruelty to fat people.

Daytime television long ago began celebrating larger-size women, most notably the chubby temptress Nancy Wesley, played by Patrika Darbo, on ''Days of Our Lives.'' ''Soaps are written for women by women,'' Carolyn Hinsey, the executive editor of Soap Opera Digest, said. ''It's no big deal to have an older, heavy woman paired with a young, handsome guy. That is the way it should be in Oakdale or Pine Valley.''

Increasingly network sitcoms are written by women for women. But until very recently, there were few full-figured women with prominent television roles. Like Kirstie Alley when she started on ''Cheers'' in 1987, Delta Burke was svelte when ''Designing Women'' had its premiere in 1986. Her weight gain was eventually worked into the plot as a psychological problem.

In 1988 ''Roseanne'' was a breakthrough show, even if her character and appearance were built around the real-life personality and shape of Roseanne Barr, a successful stand-up comic.

Her popularity broadened network executives' horizons. The plus-size actress Camryn Manheim was cast by David E. Kelley as an attorney on the ABC drama ''The Practice'' in 1997. When she won an Emmy the following year, Ms. Manheim brandished the statue with the words, ''This is for all the fat girls!'' (There are lots of stocky male characters on television, including Jim Belushi on ''According to Jim,'' but that is not seen as much of a milestone -- men's looks are graded on a curve.)

On ''Reba,'' a WB sitcom starring the country singer Reba McEntire, the lead character's ex-husband has a young trophy wife who is predictably tall, blond and ditsy. Not so typically, she is also heavyset.

Ms. Rue said she resented being described as plus-size or full-figured. ''I consider myself normal,'' she said. ''I get annoyed at the business when a size 0 actress is cast as the 'every gal' gal. It's just not true.''

Some critics have winced at the show's food and weight jokes, but Susan Lyne, the president of ABC Entertainment, said the network never had any doubts about showcasing a larger woman. Such boldness could be prompted by the network's desperate need to overcome a long-term ratings slump.

''Going into a crowded field, we thought it would be a plus to have a heroine who looked more like America,'' Ms. Lyne said. She noted that the hardest part was finding an actress larger than a size 4. ''Casting was tough,'' Ms. Lyne said. ''We auditioned a lot of people who were too close to the typical TV ideal.''

A Review of Less Than Perfect from August 2003

Regular airtime: Tuesday, 9:30pm ET (ABC)
Creator: Terri Minsky
Cast: Sara Rue, Sherri Shepherd, Andrea Parker, Zachary Levi, Eric Roberts, Andy Dick
by Cary O'Dell

It might seem easy to lump Less Than Perfect into that subgenre of TV comedies known as the single-girl-in-the-city sitcoms. These date back to Meet Millie and Two Girls Named Smith in the 1950s, reached their apex with The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the '70s, and made it, more or less, to the '90s, with Suddenly Susan and Caroline in the City.

Though Less Than Perfect features a young woman living in a big city and pursuing a career, it is less about her single status or her personal life than it is a minor morality tale, a conservative commentary on the value of hard work over class structures, the triumph of substance over style.

Small town gal Claudia ("Claude") Casey (Sara Rue) has moved to New York to obtain her slice of the Big Apple. Sweet and unpretentious, she demonstrates an admirable work ethic and honesty as a "float" employee, sent like a temp from floor to floor, department to department, wherever, whenever she's needed. When the star anchor of the evening news needs a fill-in secretary, Claude gets the nod and thanks to her personal zeal, the position eventually becomes permanent.

The comic crux is the culture clash between Claude and her new co-workers as she attempts to maneuver in the upper ranks of "The Organization." Class distinctions here are strictly enforced, such that there is a world of difference between those "upstairs" and those who toil "downstairs." The "upstairs" cast features Zachary Levi as ambitious yuppie scum Kipp Stedman and Andrea Parker as Lydia, the tough, humorless office barracuda, a wicked send-up of her previous role as a cold-hearted agent on The Pretender.

Claude's guilelessness and colorful clothes form a sort of counter-balance -- or an all-out affront -- to her co-workers' blind ambitions, shiny palm pilots, and DKNY basic black wardrobe. The upstairs players especially disdain her "commoner's" (non-Ivy League) background. To them, she's the equivalent of the Clampetts moving into Beverly Hills. (How did she become assistant to the anchorman when she doesn't even have the right shoes?)

Claude's former officemates (played by Sherri Shepherd and Andy Dick) are still stuck in their airless basement office, where they wonder if her personality will change along with the size of her cubicle. At the same time, they cheer on her personal success, as it gives them hope for their own. She attempts to keep a foot in each world and still be "true to herself." Rue, who has an "Everywoman" appeal, plays Claude's dilemma with appropriate sincerity: she's the good girl doing her best to keep the peace and keep her job.

The show's biggest surprise may be Eric Roberts as Claude's boss, Will Butler, a shallow, self-absorbed, womanizing anchorman. He doesn't figure much in the class warfare -- he's too busy checking his hair in the mirror. Still, for all the character's egotism, the actor conveys an underlying decency (after all, Will is the one who liberated Claude from the typing pool), as well as a previously unseen, well-tuned comic timing.

The series around him follows a less surprising course. Claude has hung onto her job and thrived despite her unorthodox methods. She's more interested in baking fresh muffins than charting a hostile takeover. Time after time, the snobs with whom she shares the eighth floor speculate as to why their rampant sucking up isn't moving them up the corporate ladder. They are even more humiliated when Claude and her lower-ranking friends are welcomed into the VIP room of an exclusive nightclub while they are left standing out in the cold. When the upstairs folks embarrass themselves or trip over their own self-styled coolness, cynicism, and "in" group vibe, it's a small victory for anyone who has ever felt left out, anyone who was ever shunned by the cool table in the high school cafeteria.

But even if it's rewarding to see these stereotypes squirm, Less Than Perfect is more interested in bringing characters together, whether with fresh muffins or by other means. And so, the two groups occasionally band together. In one episode, Lydia comforts Claude when she encounters boyfriend problems. In another, the group worked as a team to secure Will's job. Class distinctions fall by the wayside when the chips are down.

Less Than Perfect's comedy emerges from its social commentary and its characters, all warm, even the "villains." This aspect is especially welcome, given the warmth-deprived Life With Bonnie, which precedes Perfect in ABC's Tuesday night lineup. Unlike Bonnie and most other shows on TV right now (sitcom and non), Perfect is reassuring.

An Interview with Andy Dick

Andy Dick Finds God the Hard Way
The comedian talks about comedy, Christians, and talking to God.
Interview by Steven Lawson

Andy Dick came to our attention as the quirky reporter Matthew on the 1995 sitcom "News Radio." In 1999, after the deaths of his respected co-star Phil Hartman and friend Chris Farley, Dick smashed up his car, pleaded guilty to drug possession, and went through a drug program, where, he has said, he began talking to God. Since rehab, Dick has been as busy as anyone in Hollywood, appearing in a dozen movies, and creating "The Andy Dick Show" on MTV, which Rolling Stone called "the funniest thing on TV." As Owen on the ABC sitcom "Less Than Perfect," Dick builds on his "News Radio" persona of a gentle, lost soul, but one ready to snap at the most unlikely provocation.

In private, Dick is thoughtful, thankful, and serious about his spiritual search. He claims he's helped in this by his current co-stars Zachary Levi and Sherri Shepherd, both well-known in Hollywood's Christian circles. Called a comedic "saving grace" in a recent review, Dick appears to be looking for some grace himself. Steven Lawson interviewed him on the set recently.

What is Andy Dick's definition of comedy?
Whatever makes you laugh.

What makes Andy Dick laugh?
I have a very dark sense of humor. I laugh when I see people in pain. Sometimes I think it is a defense mechanism from childhood, where you're in so much pain you have to laugh. It is a survival mechanism.
Over the last 20 years or so, comedy has gotten a lot more vulgar. Can comedy be clean? Does it have to be dirty and rude?
Yeah, I go there a lot. But I don't think you need that. When I go there, it's to shock people. A lot of times people laugh because they are uncomfortable. . . . If you really look closer, there is pain involved. There is something that is painful that someone else can relate to. It is kind of a laugh out of recognition. Like, "Ah, I've been there."

It terms of being vulgar, I don't think you need to be violent unless it's slapstick, violence to your self. That can be funny--we've all tripped and fallen on our faces. To be vulgar or nasty isn't needed. It's almost easier to do that. You have to be clever to not do that.

Do you think vulgar comedy has peaked?
It will always be around. Again, the vulgar stuff is easy. The subtle, more slice of life type of stuff, you have to be smarter to come up with that stuff. The people who do both or stay [subtle], they'll work longer. Why do you think Bill Cosby has gone from TV show to TV show to TV show?

Tell me about your religious background.
I grew up Presbyterian, just a basic Protestant upbringing. There were years in my life when I would go to church every Sunday and to Sunday school. Then I just phased out of it. I believed in God my whole life, and then strayed away from it in my teen-age years, until recently.
I struggled with drugs and alcohol. And I struggled with fame, which made me struggle [more] with drugs and alcohol. I got some success, almost by default. I was working in bars where you drink and you perform--they went hand-in-hand. It is a slippery slope and you can go down fast, and you can not come back.

Luckily, I always maintained a dialogue with God, especially in my darkest hours. You know it is like that footprints poem. It really is like that for me. When I was at my worst I really am trying not to cry right now I was really in contact with God, just praying with conviction to just please get me out of this.

I find it harder to pray when everything is going great. I try to be in that attitude of gratitude. That is what I love about this show ["Less Than Perfect"]. I love having [co-stars] Sherri [Shepherd] and Zach [Levi] here. If you notice, my dressing room is sandwiched between them. I am protected, surrounded by angels from heaven. They're here to help me. I actually struggled through the first part of this season. I've been on shows that have not been so good for me, that wound me up in that dark place. So I came in here apprehensive, like, "Here comes another one!" The last time I was on a show for five years, I went to rehab twice.

It has been the opposite here. I have these two angels protecting me. And we pray before every show. Just to have people like that around you brings you up to that level. I went to church with both of them. They took me to the Oasis Christian Center, which is great. I love it.

So are you saying you are closer to God now?
I've always been with God, even in my darkest hour. That is why I say I am alive. I mean, I should have died a number of times. But now I'm at a place where I can be of some service. When I was at my darkest place it was just like, "God help me. I can't help myself, yet alone another person." Now I'm back on my feet, levelheaded, grounded, thanks to God, thanks to the people around me.
Do you consider yourself a Christian?
Yeah. My dad never went to church, but one day he started coming with us, and I said, "Can I ask you why suddenly you're going to a Christian church?" He was studying a lot of religions--Judaism, Buddhism, he was meditating... He said for him God was God and you can access Him a number of ways. That was really powerful to me.

You've done some pretty outrageous sets, what some people would call sacrilegious.
You're going to mention the time I pretended I was a Christian comic. Before I was known, I would go on stage and pretend I was other people. Once I pretended I was mentally handicapped. It was really wrong. One time I was a bad magician. And one time I pretended I was a Christian comic. I came on and I said, "I am a Christian comic and I'm going to make you laugh just as much as the next guy, but I might have a side message underlying it." Then I did this horrible comedy, and what happened was, I had a slight case of Tourette's, so I would start doing a joke and I would be like, "Get out!" I would do this totally anti-Christian swearing. People thought it was really happening, because I wasn't known yet. And no one was laughing, they were legitimately concerned and freaked out. Back then it really turned me on to freak people out.

Besides getting a laugh, was there a point to that?
No, no, there was no meaning. I've never actually seen a Christian comic. I don't care if you're a Christian or an atheist. I'm not out to offend Christians or make fun of Christianity. I put it out there and people make up their own stuff--it is really their issues. There are atheists and there are Christians and there are people in both groups who are a little too heavy-handed. It's comedy, just lighten up. We're just trying to be funny.
Did you ever think that you might be offending some people?
I do not like to offend groups. I'm the first to ask, "Is this going to be offensive?" There are things I will not do. I don't think there is anything funny about anything to do with children or child porn or child abuse. It needs to be addressed, but not in a comic way.

Do Christians have a sense of humor?
Heck, yeah. In every group there are people who are funny and people who are just serious. The ultimate is when you make people laugh, but they are left with something to make them reflect, or to move them--to really affect the quality of their lives in a positive way. Sometimes just the act of laughing does that. That's why I don't try to have a message. If they are laughing, they're being affected in a positive way. Sometimes, to get to people who are real lost, you have to almost shake them up. You just lighten them up a little bit, and maybe they are on their way. I'm candid in order to get to those people, cuz I have been in such dark places.

I mean this stuff. People don't know that about me. They just think I'm a freak. You cannot be this successful without having God on your side.

Some comedians say their talent is a gift from God.
Oh yeah, but you can squander that. It is totally my God-given gift and I say, "Dear God, please let me be an empty vessel to do your work. This is all you. Thank you."

Then I can relax, because if the show falls flat, it is God. I am serious. You can look at it as a cop out, but really I look at it like I have somebody big watching my back. Seriously. And that is why I kick ass. I kick ass because it is not just me. It is me and God.

Do you pray?
I pray a lot. I pray more than most people. I honestly think I pray more than a lot of churchgoing Christians.

Do you read the Bible?
No. I don't know the Bible well, but I quote it a lot. I have people around me--I do this on purpose--I have this guy Declan who is a living Bible. It's like walking around with a giant Bible next to you. Everything that goes on, he has some quote, then I find myself quoting that.

You've obviously been through a lot. Do you want people praying for you?
Yeah, don't you? I really do. I think it's wise to have and it's why I am kicking butt. I was sober for three years and when I started getting in my own head again, started getting real dark I had Sherri pray and Declan was in Europe and he got this convent full of nuns to pray for me, and whatever happened, I had a turnaround, like a 180. I cannot even describe it. Incredible.

Another Review from Variety

Less Than Perfect
(Series -- ABC, Tue. April 18, 9:30 p.m.)

Filmed in Los Angeles by Wass/Stein Prods. in association with Touchstone Television. Executive producers, Nina Wass, Eugene Stein, Christine Zander; co-executive producers, Rob LaZebnik, J.J. Wall, Claudia Lonow; producer, Dionne Kirschner; co-producer, Trevor Kirschner; director, Ted Wass; writer, Zander.

Claude Casey - Sara Rue
Ramona Platt - Sherri Shepherd
Lydia Weston - Andrea Parker
Kipp Steadman - Zachary Levi
Carl Monari - Will Sasso
Jeb Denton - Patrick Warburton
Owen Kronsky - Andy Dick

It's been just over a year since this weightless ABC comedy finished its third season, and its return is about as shrill and inconsequential as a sitcom gets. In a strange sense, this might be one of those instances where Disney, as the program's network (ABC) and producer (Touchstone), punched up a fourth season for business reasons, since there's no compelling creative rationale for extending the lease on a series that labors this hard at living down to its title.
Eric Roberts, the show's self-obsessed anchorman of years past, has departed during the hiatus, ostensibly opening some new narrative possibilities. That's because his former assistant, Claude (Sara Rue), returns from vacation to learn that Will (Roberts) has been ousted, with Jeb Denton (Patrick Warburton) becoming the newsroom's new anchor and his scheming wife, Lydia (Andrea Parker), the broadcast's associate producer.

Whether Claude can survive working for Lydia is anybody's guess, but she's pretty clear that she doesn't want to step back into the bowels of the building, despite the bond she shares with pals Ramona (Sherri Shepherd), Owen (Andy Dick) and Carl (Will Sasso), who runs the cafeteria.

Beyond Claude, there's not a character here that isn't so broad as to be off-putting, beginning with Parker's career-driven shrew and Zachary Levi as Jeb's sniveling, ambitious assistant.

As a sure sign of creative stagnation, an ongoing gag in one of the new episodes previewed hinges on Owen being lactose-intolerant but compulsively wolfing down frozen yogurt, causing his stomach to rumble like Mt. Sinai when Moses visited.

Nor does it help, frankly, that a slimmed-down Rue is considerably more perfect, in the shallowest sense, than she somewhat endearingly was when the show made its debut.

"Less Than Perfect" is also one of those programs peripherally about TV (in this case, broadcast news) that exhibits scant knowledge about how the business actually works, beginning with the clout wielded by an "associate producer." Even as a mere backdrop for a workplace comedy, almost every TV-related reference rings distractingly hollow.

After a promising start with the relocated "Commander in Chief," ABC has been inhaling Fox's fumes on Tuesdays, meaning the climate isn't exactly hospitable for "Perfect's" landing. Although Disney can derive some satisfaction from persevering to amass roughly 80 episodes for the yawning eternity of syndication, the show's spring fling is a prime example of "Less" really being less.

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For a Website dedicated to Andrea Parker go to

For a Website dedicated to Eric Roberts go to

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