This new sitcom about young couples having babies arrives with a fundamental problem that should have been spotted in the gestation period: The most entertaining character is neither pregnant nor married. In fact she's a divorce attorney named Cooper, and she's played with scene-stealing, stork-loathing acerbity by Rachael Harris, a comic actress probably best known from The Daily Show and T-Mobile ads (she was the chattering, unhinged real estate agent).
The show, which will be airing double episodes in the slot that's been occupied by October Road, is definitely an improvement on that stale slice of small-town diner pie. It's brisk and bright-looking, most likely thanks to director and coproducer Barry Sonnenfeld, a man who specializes in brisk, bright comedies like Men in Black. But apart from Harris, the cast has an ordinariness that's a little too believable. The one who comes closest to making any sort of impression is Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein). As a private-school counselor who's just discovered she's expecting, she gives off a sort of Jennifer Anistonian glow: unforced, soft and pleasant.