Picks and Pans Review: The Bachelorette

updated 06/01/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/01/2009 01:00AM

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JILLIAN'S BACK!

REALITY
Jillian Harris gave herself one of the worst opening lines in the history of dating when, at the start of last season's Bachelor, she asked Jason Mesnick about his preferred hot-dog toppings. Yet she lasted into the final three, by which point she'd established herself as one of the most endearing characters to come out of reality TV. Now, deservedly, she gets her own show. Cute but not gorgeous, talking in a rabbity rush as she delivers classic Bachelorette sentiments ("I am 100 percent ready to find love again!"), Jillian seems guileless, adventuresome, even a little sad. One thinks of Sandra Bullock movies or the sidekicks in Jane Austen stories, the nice girls who end up contentedly wed to farmers. This time, though, the male universe revolves around Jillian, and you may wonder if she isn't too good for the bunch. In the premiere one suitor actually asked, "What's up, you sassy little minx?" Another, a foot fetishist, maneuvered her into removing her shoes.

Maybe, dear Jillian, it's the men who are the hot dogs.

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