Picks and Pans Review: I'm with Her

updated 09/29/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

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If you didn't know this fluffy new sitcom was loosely based on co-creator Chris Henchy's courtship of wife Brooke Shields, you might assume Henchy took notes on Notting Hill. Like that Julia Roberts-Hugh Grant movie, I'm with Her concerns the romance between a famous actress and a charming nobody.

Film star Alex (Teri Polo from Meet the Parents) clicks with high school English teacher Patrick (David Sutcliffe, Rory's absentee dad on Gilmore Girls) after her dog bites him on the backside in the Sept. 23 premiere. I'd have found it funnier if Patrick had howled for a lawyer and a tetanus shot, but he and Alex do make an attractive couple. Trouble is, each has been stuck with an annoying foil. Patrick's buddy Stevie (Danny Comden) is a fellow teacher in a tragically advanced stage of adolescence, while Alex's sister Cheri (Rhea Seehorn) is a sour mix of envy and sarcasm.

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