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Houston Voice, March 18, 2005 - File 016. 2005-03-18. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 15, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5687/show/5677.

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Title Houston Voice, March 18, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date March 18, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com MARCH 18, 2005 15 JISIOI1 BRIAN MOYLAN ABC's new Thursday night sitcom 'Jake in Progress' wastes John Stamos in a cheap, comedy-free 'Sex and the City' knockoff. No signs of 'Progress' "SEX AND THE CITY" WAS MORE than a television show; it was a cultural phenomenon. That statement may seem a bit outrageous, but the now-defunct HBO comedy about four women living and loving in New York really did influence how America thinks about fashion, comedy and women on television. Now this successful formula, concocted by gay creators Darren Star and Michael Patrick King, is being borrowed by less talented imitators, with miserable results. ABC's "Jake in Progress" is being billed as "Same city, different sex," which itself is a rip-off of "The L Word's" smart marketing campaign "Same sex, different city." "Jake" is meant to be "Sex and the City" from a male perspective. ABC offered a preview (two episodes) of the sitcom last Sunday, March 6, before debuting in its 8 p.m. time slot on Thursday, March 17. The show stars John Stamos (who is aging quite well) as Jake Phillips, a slick PR guy and king of the one-night stand who generally charms his way through life without encountering any obstacles. For some reason that isn't fully developed, Jake decides that there's got to be more to life than quickie romances and sets out to find a more substantial relationship. While on this quest, he has to juggle his needy celebrity clients, his pregnant boss (the fabulous Wendie Malick from "Just Shoot Me"), his married best friend (Ian Gomez) and his weird, neurotic sidekick (Rick Hoffman). "JAKE" ISN'T EVEN COOL ENOUGH to be one of Carrie Bradshaw's (Sarah Jessica Parker) castoffs. The character's greatest problem is, like Carrie's Mr. Big, he says he wants to change, but he reaUy doesn't. While he's looking for "the one" he keeps cycling through women, like in the old days. Talk is cheap, Jakey-poo. Also, the ensemble on "Jake" is not really an ensemble at all. Carrie was always the anchor of "Sex," but it was equally about her three friends and their relationships with men (and sometimes women) and each other. But when the lead character's name is in the show's title and everyone else on screen merely serves to aid his egomaniacal quest, it all falls short. The show also suffers from severe comedic anemia. "Sex," often sweet and touching with its quirky, stylish characters, who were always fabulous, was O MORE INFO 'Jake in Progress' ABC Thursdays at 7 pm. John Stamos is the only attractive thing about ABC's new Jake in Progress,' which airs Thursdays at 8 pm. laugh-out-loud funny Through two episodes of "Jake," be grateful if you even crack a smile. AND THEN THERE'S THE GAY ISSUE. In the second episode, Jake wrestles with his clients, "Three Gay-migos," a design trio that is obviously an offshoot of "Queer Eye's" Fab Five. One of the "Gay- migos" is actually straight and has to come out to his co-workers. The result is a cute storyline where the tables are reversed and the straight man has to come out of the closet. This plot could be appealing, but it is ruined by the "Gay-migos," who are stereotypical ly effeminate, even more so than their real-life counterparts. And just to really offend gay viewers, the straight guy affects a lisp, a high-pitched voice and sashays in his role as a gay designer. Of course, he loses these qualities when being "true to himself" as a straight man. "Jake," my darling, if you were reaUy comfortable with gay people, there wouldn't be a need for such simplistic and predictably offensive gags. The most offensive aspect of "Jake and the City," however is that it dared to compare itself to "Sex and the City." By itself, it's just another mediocre network sitcom. Next to "Sex," it is dwarfed in comparison. "IN A WORD, MAGNIFICENT! The Nen York, i Stefcxvvta. Powers Rodger's & -. -HtifWPiAei's+eiiA s ~- •? }*S CM\l "V«S Wednesday, March 23 Would vou like lo mingle with the cast and listen lo some fabulous cabarel music? Then, OuKpTl'TS is for vou. After the performance ■ join your GLBT friends at Artist a Restaurant in the Hobby Center. You'll enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks at Happv Hour prices. Now that's a "night on the town." Sponsored b\ March 16-Anril 3 t *-,-, *r„lrtfln*z^to mwB* Cen**r k>r thi Performing Ag PHOTO. ERIC* BERBER J ^edtreUnderThe^tdi) 713.558.TUTS www.tuts.com Groups of 15+ call 713.558.8888 for special discounts. mo Audio Described: Sun.. 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