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"Accidentally on Purpose" Series Premiere Review by Suzanne
Airing on CBS Mondays 8:30/7:30 c

This is a cute and enjoyable show. It could certainly be funnier. I chuckled a few times.  It is a bit predictable. I hope it will get better.  It did also tug at my heart strings toward the end.

This stars Jenna Elfman as a 37-year-old movie reviewer, Billie, who just broke up with her boyfriend because he wouldn't get married. She has a one-night-stand with a guy in his 20's, then they go back for more and she ends up pregnant.  She decides to keep the baby (she does, after all, want a family, which is why she broke up with her boyfriend) and ends up asking the guy to live with her because he sleeps in his van.

Jenna Elfman is very funny, but the show needs more than just her to make me laugh a lot.  This is no "Dharma & Greg", which was a very funny show with a seasoned cast and tons of great jokes.  The actress who plays her best friend, Jenna (Ashley Jensen) is basically playing the same character she played on "Ugly Betty", but with lines that are not as funny.  That's a shame because they are both very good actresses and deserve better.  Grant Show plays the ex-boyfriend who still loves her and is also Billie and Jenna's boss. The other actors are new to me, but they seem fine.  Jon Foster plays Zack, the father of the baby.  Lennon Parham plays Abby, Billie's sister, and Nicolas Wright plays Davis, Zack's friend.

It's pretty much your standard situation comedy, which is fine, but it needs to be funnier or why bother tuning it? That's what sitcoms are supposed to do - make you laugh.  It has stiff competition up against House and Heroes.  However, it is sandwiched between two fairly popular and funnier comedies, "How I Met Your Mother" and "Two and a Half Men".

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