Hot Properties (TV series)

Hot Properties is an American sitcom featuring four women working together in a Manhattan real estate office. It was first aired on October 7, 2005 on ABC. The series finale aired on Friday, December 30, 2005.

Hot Properties
GenreSitcom
Created bySuzanne Martin
StarringGail O'Grady
Nicole Sullivan
Sofia Vergara
Christina Moore
Stephen Dunham
Evan Handler
Amy Hill
Composer(s)Jeff Rona
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time21 minutes
Production company(s)SamJen Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original networkABC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 7 (2005-10-07) 
December 30, 2005 (2005-12-30)

Plot

Often compared to Sex and the City and the CBS situation comedy Designing Women, this show features four single women professionals, each with distinct personalities that contribute in their failure to secure dates. The comparison to these shows led many critics to describe the show as unoriginal. The women share a passion for Oprah.

Cast

ActorCharacter
Gail O'GradyAva Summerlin
Nicole SullivanChloe Reid
Sofía VergaraLola Hernandez
Christina MooreEmerson Ives
Evan HandlerDr. Sellers Boyd
Stephen DunhamDr. Charlie Thorpe
Amy HillMary

Characters

  • Ava is the forty-nine-year-old executive of the Hot Properties real estate firm. Her husband is half her age, but he is not aware of her age. Ava is madly in love with him, and hopes to raise a family.
  • Chloe is down to earth, sarcastic, and relies on self-help books for personal advice. She is very desperate to get married, but keeps dating the wrong men.
  • Lola is a curvy Latina who has emerged from a recent divorce, after her husband came out as gay. Throughout the show, men stare at her and compete for Lola's attention, to which she is often oblivious. Lola's desire for handsome men often leads her in pursuit of gay men, resulting in disappointment. As a result, she is often afraid to go dating. Lola hopes to improve her "gaydar" in order to avoid future disappointments.
  • Emerson is young and rich, with little work experience. She was engaged, but upon discovering that the fiancée was not a virgin, broke it off. She bonds instantly with her roommates.

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Andy AckermanSuzanne MartinOctober 7, 2005 (2005-10-07)
Chloe and Ava find out that they both had a fling with the fiancé of one of their clients, Emerson Ives, who thinks that her fiancé is a virgin like she is. Ava also goes to a fertility specialist with her husband, Lola tries to re-enter the dating world, and Chloe finds out that no man has ever been "that into her."
2"Chick Stuff"Andy AckermanChuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-GiordanoOctober 14, 2005 (2005-10-14)
Lola is really upset after her pet chicken dies and Ava tries to make her better by inviting all the girls over to her apartment.
3"Online Dating"Jeff MelmanSebastian JonesOctober 21, 2005 (2005-10-21)
Lola, Chloe and Emerson sign up for an internet dating service. Lola pretends that she’s a gay man after she sees her ex-husband on the website.
4"Sex, Lies & Chubby Chasers"Andy AckermanSuzanne MartinOctober 28, 2005 (2005-10-28)
The women at the office encourage each other to take some risks. Lola starts therapy with Sellers to find out why she’s attracted to so many gay men.
5"Dating Up, Dating Down"Jeff MelmanAndy GordonNovember 4, 2005 (2005-11-04)
Everyone analyses ‘dating up’ and ‘dating down’ after Charlie tells them that he’s invested in a night club so he can date hot supermodels.
6"Waiting for Oprah"Jeff MelmanPamela RibonNovember 11, 2005 (2005-11-11)
The women have a real estate sale and to celebrate, Ava purchases tickets for each of them to attend a taping of one of Oprah’s shows in Chicago.
7"Return of the Ring"Jeff MelmanAndy GordonNovember 15, 2005 (2005-11-15)
Emerson tries to return her $50,000 engagement ring to Graham, but she is too scared because she is worried about what her feelings will be after she sees him.
8"When Chloe Met Marco"Jeff MelmanValerie Ahern & Christian McLaughlinNovember 18, 2005 (2005-11-18)
The ladies lose a sale and to make themselves feel better they clean out their purses. However, during the process, Emerson finds the receipt for her wedding dress, which she never wore.
9"Whatever Lola Wants"Jeff MelmanSebastian JonesNovember 25, 2005 (2005-11-25)
Chloe challenges Lola to make herself look plain and ugly to find out whether people will be less attracted to her.
10"It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol on 34th Street"Jeff MelmanValerie Ahern & Christian McLaughlinDecember 9, 2005 (2005-12-09)
Chloe bails on a charity Christmas party, and when her taxi crashes, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, appearing to her as the three other ladies, show her the error of her ways.
11"Killer Bodies"Jeff MelmanChuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-GiordanoDecember 16, 2005 (2005-12-16)
Lola’s average-looking boyfriend Fletcher is rushed to the hospital after a mysterious heart attack which appears to have been caused by Lola’s sex appeal.
12"GRRR"Jeff MelmanPamela RibonDecember 23, 2005 (2005-12-23)
Ava wonders if her happy marriage is in trouble and feels a little guilty when sparks fly between her and a client named Alec who, like her, has a much younger partner.
13"El Dia de Compasion"Jeff MelmanChuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-GiordanoDecember 30, 2005 (2005-12-30)
Everyone is invited to Lola’s house to celebrate El Dia de Compasion, a traditional holiday from her country.

Reception

The show received a largely negative critical reception, with review aggregator Metacritic awarding it 31 out of 100 based on 22 reviews.[1] Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle called the show "stupid and annoying", along with fellow ABC sitcom Freddie.[2]

International broadcasters

CountryBroadcasterSeries PremiereTimeslot
AustraliaNine HDWednesday, August 6, 2008Wednesdays at 11pm (Last episode aired on November 5)
GermanyComedy CentralMonday, November 26, 2007Wednesdays at 1:30am
PolandTVN 7Saturday mornings
BrazilWarner ChannelFriday nights (2006)
RomaniaPRO CinemaMonday, September 7, 2009Monday - Wednesday (two episodes/day)

References

  1. "Critic Reviews for Hot Properties Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  2. Goodman, Tim (October 7, 2005). "FALL TV SEASON / Forgot all about a show that's worth a peek". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
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