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'Sophie' on ABC Family

March 22, 2009 |  9:43 pm

Sophie_abc_family_300 The sitcom is 'Will and Grace' meets 'Two and a Half Men' and a whole lot of clichés.

Canadian actress Natalie Brown(actress) has really great eyebrows. Also, a lovely smile. In fact, she's very pretty all around, and no doubt has a bright and shining future.

There, I've said something nice.

“Sophie,” the ABC Family comedy in which she stars, on the other hand, is painful to watch.

Here is a quick quiz for anyone currently, or hoping to be, a member of the television industry: No script should ever require an eight-months-pregnant single woman to lie in bed on her back delivering weepy monologues to her gay best friend after her dastardly boyfriend takes off with a blond starlet who was also her best friend because: a) it violates the FCC's three-cliché-per-scene limit, b) Rupert Everett and Madonna already did this and look what happened to them, c) it is physically impossible for an eight-months-pregnant woman to lie on her back for any length of time without asphyxiating herself, or d) all of the above.

The pilot starts out with Sophie, pregnant in that could-you-hold-this-basketball-while-I-slip-on-my-really-cute-snuggy way that drives so many female television viewers to drink, visiting a fortune teller.

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-- Mary McNamara

(Photo courtesy ABC Family)