Picks and Pans Review: See Jane Date

updated 08/18/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/18/2003 01:00AM

ABC Family (Sat., Aug. 16,8 p.m. ET)

Last month in ABC Family's Lucky 7, a guy who falsely claimed to have a girlfriend found himself in a put-up-or-shut-up situation when he was invited to bring a guest to a wedding. In this romantic comedy on the same network, Jane (Charisma Carpenter from Angel) impulsively invents a doctor boyfriend to impress her cousin, a gloating bride-to-be. Now Jane has to produce this wonderful man in time to attend the posh nuptials.

Oh, how I long for the day when TV characters realize that honesty is the best policy. Yet I can truthfully say there are a few laughs along the way as Jane runs through a series of blind dates in her search for a plausible companion. (Joe Millionaire's Evan Marriott has a cameo as a loudmouthed reject.) You may even care enough about Jane to take her seriously when she angrily asserts a woman's right not to have a special man in her life—though it turns out she's only flirting with that idea.

The main problem is a meandering subplot in which book editor Jane handles a memoir by an actress (Charmed's Holly Marie Combs) who was her rival back in high school. This story line should have been blue-penciled.

BOTTOM LINE: Fair fluff

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