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"Plain Jane" series premiere  by Suzanne
On The CW Wednesdays at 9/8c starting July 28th

I don't normally watch reality shows. I guess in part it's because I find them boring. In part it's also because they are not that "real" and so I find it hard to enjoy, to suspend disbelief the way I can with fiction, because I'm always watching it and thinking it's not really real, and wondering which parts are set up or contrived.

Plain Jane is enjoyable to watch, even for someone like me who doesn't like these types of shows. It's kind of a cross between a dating show like The Bachelor or Blind Date, and a show like Extreme Makeover (the original one, not the house one).  And it's not boring. They keep things moving and interesting.  It's probably more fiction than reality, but it's entertaining, so it didn't bother me that much.

The premise is that this English lady Louise takes a "plain Jane" (meaning NOT an ugly girl, but one who doesn't present herself well) and gives her a make-over to achieve some goal (to get some guy).  The make-over is not just physical. She also helps give the girl some self confidence and teaches her how to act better, which is what makes it a little more interesting, and a little less shallow and superficial.

The girl in this first episode is cute, but she dresses badly and is very shy. She has big teeth and a weak chin, but she makes these things look more prominent by pulling her hair back, and all the rest.  She likes this guy who has been a friend of hers for years. Of course he is very handsome and cool.

Most of the episodes is devoted to Louise showing Jane how to bring out her best features. It's not so much of a make-over as just highlighting what is already good.  For instance, they do nothing for those teeth!  But it works out okay anyway.  While I was watching the show, I couldn't help but think, gee, it's too bad that her friend is so shallow that he doesn't just like her for who she is. But in the end, I was wrong, as you will find out when you watch it.

I didn't expect to laugh out loud in the show, but I did. I didn't expect to get emotional at the end, but I did. I certainly didn't expect to start thinking about my own self-esteem and empowerment, but I did.

The people in it are very likable. I think anyone who likes TV or romance will want to see it. I hope future episodes are just as much fun as this one was.

Here is some more info, and video clips:

“PLAIN JANE” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)

“Friend Zone Jane” (TV-PG, D)

SEE JANE BLOSSOM — British fashion expert Louise Roe (“The City,” “E! Oscar Show”) hosts this new summer reality series. In the premiere episode, an uncomfortably shy and messy Jane attempts to shed her “one of the guys” status - along with her plaid flannels - to seduce her longtime crush, who only sees her as a friend (#101).

Catch a sneak peek here:

Plain Jane - Behind The Scenes With Louise Roe - Heels

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More info:

“PLAIN JANE” Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on The CW

PLAIN JANE is a new summer reality series that transforms one woman from the inside out to reveal a brand new woman. The series is hosted by British fashion expert Louise Roe (“The City”). In each episode, Roe will use her expertise to transform one woman from the inside out to reveal a brand new woman.

Each of the six episodes will feature a new “Jane” searching for the change of a lifetime. The “Jane” of the week will receive a head-to-toe style transformation, including a new wardrobe and confidence-building exercises.

PLAIN JANE goes beyond outward appearances to give each woman the chance to make her romantic dreams come true as well. Once the transformation is complete, the formerly plain “Jane” will surprise her unsuspecting crush with her new look and reveal her true feelings to him. A love connection is – or isn’t – made.

Hosted by Louise Roe, PLAIN JANE is executive produced by Allison Grodner (“Big Brother”), Rich Meehan (“Big Brother”) and Amy Palmer Robertson (“You’re Cut Off”) and Pete Tartaglia (“Real Housewives of Orange County”) for Fly on the Wall Entertainment. The series is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.


Day and time: Wednesday (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)

Network debut: July 28, 2010

Format: PLAIN JANE is a new summer reality series that transforms one woman from the inside out to reveal a brand new woman. The series is hosted by British fashion expert Louise Roe (“The City”).

Host: Louise Roe

Executive Producers: Allison Grodner, Rich Meehan and Amy Palmer for

Origination: Los Angeles, California

Produced by: Fly on the Wall Entertainment.
The series is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Host of “Plain Jane”

Television presenter and fashion journalist Louise Roe is the host of The CW’s brand new makeover show, “Plain Jane,” a format that sees her guide a shy wallflower through the daunting gauntlet of fashion, make-up, dating skills and facing their biggest fear – whatever that may be.

Also a new cast member of MTV’s “The City,” Roe is featured in the new season hosting trend videos and designer interviews for A regular face on E! Entertainment’s red carpets and “Fashion Police,” she co-hosted the channel’s biggest show of the year: “Live from the Oscars,” and also its recent dating show, “Perfect Catch.”

Born in the UK and now based in Los Angeles, Roe presented the BBC’s dramatic documentary “Addicted to Boob Jobs” and long-standing style series “The Clothes Show,” before moving stateside. Currently the face of Adidas sportswear and last season’s Bloomingdales’ campaign, she has been featured as a guest host or judge on “Britain’s Next Top Model,” “Project Catwalk,” “Style Network’s “How Do I Look,” “10 Things I Hate About Me,” and “Make Me a Supermodel.”

Roe also pens a bi-monthly column for MSN News called “Front Roe,” and has written in the past for Elle, In Style, Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines, as well as

An honorary fellow at Southampton’s Solent University, she lectures fashion students twice a year, and consults for global brands including Gap’s Piperlime, and Littlewoods (the UK’s third largest online retailer).

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