Friday, March 27, 2009
TV REVIEW: ABC Family's "Sophie"
So we're first introduced to the title character (Canadian newcomer Natalie Brown), the young owner of an acting agency, when she goes to a witch doctor while 8 months pregnant. He tells her that this year is going to suck majorly, and within a few days she gets dumped for her bff Melissa, a hot blonde actress (Amy Ciupak Lalonde) who used to be her client, her ex Rick (Sebastian Spence) steals all of her clients, her receptionist bails on her, her water breaks near her father's grave when she's cellphone-less, and she gives birth to a black baby. Did I mention that not only is she white, but so is the supposed father of the baby. Now either she cheated and lied about it or she's having a worse year than I thought.
Shows like these are supposed to be built on the appeal of the ensemble cast, like "Friends": a collection of characters who keep you interested and intrigued. While Sophie is funny and relatable, her uber helpful, gay bff Matt (Jeff Geddis) seems as bored as I am with him, and the only client (Sara Botsford) she has left, who adopted a smart ass Asian preteen (Chantelle Chung) seems like an overdone version of Grandma Tabitha on "90210" and even Grandma Martha on "Castle." We're supposed to get hooked on Sophie's life from the very beginning, but I actually have no interest in learning how she plans on juggling unexpected motherhood and an agency she didn't ask to inherit in a failing economy.
The only thing that could save the series is an amazingly hot love interest...and even that wouldn't keep many people tuned in. Considering that this series was originally filmed in 2007, I'm guessing ABC Family new it wouldn't be a hit either. They probably released it now in hopes of profiting from the major love it's getting for "Secret Life of an American Teenager." The fact is people only love that show because it's so awesomely bad...and there isn't anything awesome about this show.