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Leap Of Faith aired from February until April 2002 on NBC.

NBC described this Sex And The City knockoff as depicting " what it's like when you stop doing what you should do, and start doing what makes you happy." The 4 principals, all young good-looking Manhatanites, certainly were self absorbed. Faith ( Sarah Paulson) was the winsome, neurotic ad executive, who dumped her fiance 2 weeks before their wedding when she ran into hunky actor Dan ( Brad Rowe) and decided to jump into the sack with him instead. Of course she immediately told everybody, starting with flaky, frizzy-haired friend Patty ( Lisa Edelstein), an art director; opinionated but sensible Cynthia ( Regina King), who was actually married; and fun-loving Andy ( Ken Marino), a reporter for Rolling Stone. Patty trying to keep up, immediately bedded the coffee guy. The 4 friends all laughed a lot, talked endlessly about their feelings and chased casual sex. Faith's elegant , socialite mother Cricket ( Jill Clayburgh)offered advice, while Faith's boss Lucas ( Tim Meadows)tried to keep her mind at least a little bit focused on work.

Created by Sex And The City writer-producer Jenny Bicks

A Review from The New York Times

TELEVISION REVIEW; Back to the Single Life, Because It's More Fun
Published: February 28, 2002

''Sex and the City'' has become less about sex, or even romance, and more about consequences since its debut four years ago. At the end of the most recent season, hard-boiled Samantha had fallen in love; no-nonsense Miranda (still unmarried) gave birth; softhearted Charlotte contended with infertility and divorce. Only Carrie, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, continued to long for romance, seeming more quixotic than ever.

There have been lapses, but at its best the writing has remained fresh and funny; the observations wistful as well as shrewd. If you don't think it's a tough act to follow, just watch ''Leap of Faith,'' NBC's attempt at a knockoff. This new comedy series, which begins tonight, was created and produced by Jenny Bicks, a writer and producer of ''Sex and the City.'' You don't have to check the label to know it's not the real thing. (Nor does the addition of a male friend, played by Ken Marino, make it another ''Friends.'')

Cute Sarah Paulson is Faith Wardwell, a 32-year-old advertising executive who wants romance and excitement but has settled for engagement to a dull man. She claims to love the book light he gave her, but nine days before their wedding she flirts vigorously with an actor auditioning for a commercial. Sex and remorse follow.

Faith has a naughty friend named Patty (Lisa Edelstein) who encourages Faith's leap. ''You feel that bad it must have been great,'' she says. Another friend, Cynthia (Regina King), warns her against playing around, that she must resist temptation. ''I'm a married woman, and every day I see someone I want to jump into bed with,'' she says.

Network executives complain that HBO shows like ''The Sopranos'' and ''Sex and the City'' have an unfair advantage, because cable allows more explicit sex and violence. But that's not the significant difference. Like Carrie in ''Sex and the City,'' Faith is searching, but unarmed with Carrie's vocabulary and astute thought process. ''My life is just one big question mark,'' Faith says in the second episode, by which time she's already worrying about how involved to be with the cute actor she slept with impulsively. Her life may be a question mark, but the answer isn't likely to yield any surprises.

A Review from Entertainment Weekly

Flying Solo
Julia Louis-Dreyfus goes it alone with the enticing Watching Ellie, and Sex and the City wannabe Leap of Faith flops.
D By Ken Tucker

Network sitcoms are going through a fallow period right now. Sure, Friends is having a fine, funny season, and The Bernie Mac Show is lively and fresh. But in general the format is flagging. Everybody Loves Raymond, which debuted in 1996, was the last conventional-format sitcom (family setting, taped in front of a studio audience) to elicit big laughs right from the start; Malcolm in the Middle, now in its third season, opened up new stylistic possibilities in the shot-on-film sitcom genre. Let's see, what else? Undeclared, Judd Apatow's sharp college comedy, is searching for an audience; The Tick -- probably the best live- action superhero show ever, and no, I haven't forgotten Smallville -- is gone, canceled. As for the rest -- do you know anyone these days who makes a point of watching Just Shoot Me or The Drew Carey Show? So give NBC credit for trying to do something different with two new situation comedies, Watching Ellie (debuting Feb. 26) and Leap of Faith (Feb. 28).

Each arrives with baggage: Ellie, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus playing a Los Angeles nightclub singer, is the latest show from a Seinfeld cast member, following the hollow Michael Richards Show and Jason Alexander's noisy Bob Patterson. Leap of Faith was created by Jenny Bicks, a former writer-producer for HBO's Sex and the City who contributed a lot to that show's wisecracky, sexually explicit tone. Watching Ellie, created by Louis-Dreyfus' writer-producer husband, Brad Hall, takes place in real time -- each week we watch about 22 minutes, give or take a commercial, of Ellie's life. Leap of Faith takes the basic structure of Sex and the City -- four single friends in Manhattan who spend a lot of time in restaurants, dining out on tales of dating woe -- and transposes it to network television, which means no nudity or naughty words. Watching Ellie is smart and likable -- it earns its gimmicky premise; Leap of Faith is pretty much a complete disaster.

Louis-Dreyfus' Ellie is less ditsy, more focused than Seinfeld's Elaine, and not nearly as deluded: Ellie's heart may be in crooning standards, but she pays her L.A. rent by taking work where she can get it, such as singing in commercials. The opening episode allows Louis-Dreyfus to do some inspired slapstick shtick when her toilet overflows, and that emergency allows us to meet her neighbors, who include the building's lascivious super (Peter Stormare) and, down the hall, a veterinarian played by the invaluable Don Lake, a veteran of Bonnie Hunt's terrific short-lived sitcoms (The Building and The Bonnie Hunt Show) and a scene-stealer in the 2000 feature film Return to Me, which Hunt wrote and directed. In casting a comic actor as deadpan adroit as Lake, as well as Steve Carell (from Jon Stewart's The Daily Show) as an obnoxious ex-boyfriend, Louis-Dreyfus and Hall prove that, unlike Richards and Alexander, they know the value of letting the star step back occasionally to permit someone else to get the laughs.

Watching Ellie sets up some promising story lines, such as the emotionally fraught affair our gal is having with the guitarist in her band, and the premiere, directed by Malcolm and The Larry Sanders Show vet Ken Kwapis, has an attractively dark glow to its nighttime setting. Watching Ellie has an open, inviting atmosphere; it leaves you wanting more. By contrast, Leap of Faith is chilly and claustrophobic. Sarah Paulson (Jack & Jill) stars as Faith Wardwell, an advertising copywriter who, in the premiere, breaks off her engagement with a stuffed-shirt fellow (Bradley White) and sleeps with an actor who auditioned for a commercial campaign she's working on (he's played by Brad Rowe). This patently faithless Faith finds support among her trio of best friends: brash Patty (Felicity's Lisa Edelstein), who crows ''outrageous'' things like ''It's 2002 -- women watch porn!''; Cynthia (Regina King), in whom, after viewing two episodes, I could discern no distinguishing personality; and Andy (Ken Marino), a writer for Rolling Stone. (What's the point of specifying his place of employment if the show isn't going to get off a few jocular shots at Jann Wenner and company?) Jill Clayburgh pops up occasionally in a dreadful role as Faith's shrieky socialite mother.

Everybody says the word sex a lot; desperate attempts are made to coin new comic phrases such as ''You have sex hair!'' and ''eye sex'' (that's a lustful gaze, in the words of Faith's boss, Tim Meadows, from Saturday Night Live and...hey! The Michael Richards Show!). The whole enterprise is depressing. If Watching Ellie on Tuesday raises your hopes for the continued health of the sitcom, watching Leap of Faith on Thursday may dash them. Watching Ellie: B+ Leap of Faith: D

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