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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
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
Photos (click on the thumbnail to see the larger photo):
“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.
CREDITS FOR “PLAIN JANE” ON THE CW
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 Elle.com. 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 Vogue.com.
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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