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‘Jane By Design’ Premiere, ‘The Intern’: TV Recap

'Jane By Design' Premiere, 'The Intern': TV Recap. Jane Quimby is a dateless high school zero who wants to be in fashion. Her dad is dead and her mom is MIA. Her older brother dropped out of college to help and is looking for a job. The bank is threatening to take the house. Sounds like a comedy! Let's call it "Jane By Design." //

‘Jane By Design’ Review Revue

  The plot of "Jane By Design" seems straight from the Disney Channel, by way of Teen Vogue. A young girl is forced to live a double life to support herself and her brother–she spends half her time as a high school student, the other half as an up-and-comer in the world of fashion. The new show, which airs on ABC Family (which is owned by ABC Family Worldwide Inc., a subsidiary of the Disney-ABC Television Group) features actress Erica Dasher in the title role as Jane Quimby. The show was created by April Blair, who was also behind the Disney Channel movie "Lemonade Mouth." The series seems to draw from such sources as the movie "The Devil Wear Prada" and the bifurcated life of "Hannah Montana." Read More... //

Jane By Design “Pilot” Review

I have a not-so-secret passion for fashion . I devour  America’s  Next Top Model  and  Project Runway  like they were fat-free potato chips . I have Vogue magazines hidden underneath my mattress. So it’s little wonder that I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot episode of  Jane by Design , ABC Family’s latest original series. The premise is your basic "teenager leading a double-life" plot; Jane Quimby (Erica Dasher) is a high school  outcast who accidentally lands a job as the assistant to Gray (Andie McDowell), a fashion designer  who really wants to be Meryl Streep in  The Devil Wears Prada . Jane’s motives are understandable…she needs the money to save the  house  she and her older brother, Ben, share now that their dad is dead…but it must be said that to facilitate her deception, she forges signatures and fakes documents with very little remorse. I think I kind of love that about Jane. She’s no goody-goody. Helping her carry out her secret life is her best friend, Billy Nutter (Nick Roux), a cute, punk-hipster who is having a hidden affair with Lulu (Meagan Tandy), the ubiquitous mean girl who is out to make Jane’s life hell, either because Jane and Billy are friends or because she doesn’t like Jane’s collection of military jackets. It’s a little unclear. I did like this twist, though; looking forward to the fall-out when Jane inevitably discovers that her one friend is screwing her worst enemy. Read More... //  

Television reviews: 'Work It,' 'Jane By Design'

Two new series attempt to wring laughs from today's difficult job market, but only one shows promise. The economy — sluggish, recession-y, depressed — while slow to recover has also been slow to inspire television series about the slow-to-recover economy. As if in recompense, not one but two shows with premises rooted in high unemployment premiere Tuesday. //,0,4348313.story