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    Notes from the Underbelly

    Recently I started watching this show and I’ve got to tell you, it’s hilarious. The basic premise is about several married couples, many of whom where the wife is pregnant. Hence the name.  (As you read this, due to the writers’ strike, the show is in hiatus.)

    I haven’t been watching this on TV. Rather at ABC.com on the Internet where I can watch without commercials. What needs to be done every so often is a simple mouse click to move the program along. This is where I need someone’s help with me as I cannot operate the mouse.

    Anyway, back to the show. The last two episodes I watched were January 15 and 22, where one of the main characters (Lauren) is almost at the tail-end of her pregnancy.

    This comedy from producers Stacy Traub  known for Spin City, and Kitchen Confidential, Kim and Eric Tannenbaum  who did 2+1/2 Men and Barry Sonnenfeld  who had the hit Pushing Daisies this past fall, has a group of friends in their early 30s and shows that pregnancy changes you and the lives of all your friends.
    When Andrew (Peter Cambor) and Lauren (Jennifer Westfeldt) decide to start a family, Andrew looks forward to each stage of the pregnancy while Lauren doesn’t want to give up their pre-pregnancy, laid-back lifestyle. They take no advice from friends or family. Julie (Melanie Paxson) and Eric (Sunkrish Bala) are the over-zealous parents that Andrew and Lauren dearly love but never want to become. Lauren's best friend, Cooper (Rachael Harris), is a divorce attorney who doesn’t want Lauren to become another member of the “mommy cult.” And Andrew's grungy childhood buddy, Danny (Michael Weaver), is the furthest from settling down. 
    Based on Risa Green's novel of the same name, Notes from the Underbelly was created by Stacy Traub.  I really enjoy this show for a number of reasons.

    First, it is far removed from my own lifestyle.

    Two, the situations the couples find themselves in are seemingly realistic.

    One such situation is that the women have let the husbands go on a road trip and as Lauren’s pregnancy is getting closer they try to find their husbands at an arts festival. The women separate in several different directions, when they realize the husbands will be at the cell phone booth trying out new cell phones while their friend is wandering aimlessly calling out their names in the crowd.

    The show is on Mondays 9:30 p.m. on ABC or go to www.ABC.com.

    I hope you enjoy the show. I found myself laughing out loud several times. Also, a mid-season replacement called “Unhitched” on Fox Sunday nights at 9:30 has a similar comedic feel although it’s about recently divorced couples. You might check it out too.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com