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Sex and the Sitcom: Tepid 'Hot Properties'

Nicole Sullivan, Gail O'Grady and Sofia Vergara play three highly sexed career women in the Manhattan real estate office of
Nicole Sullivan, Gail O'Grady and Sofia Vergara play three highly sexed career women in the Manhattan real estate office of "Hot Properties." (By Vivian Zink -- Abc)

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By Chip Crews
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 7, 2005

Is there anything funnier than sex?

Wait, wait -- the creators of the new ABC sitcom "Hot Properties" have thoughtfully answered that question for us. And their answer is, of course: bad sex, sex therapy, sexual frustration and sexual equipment, to name just four. And they're only getting started!

The 30-minute series, premiering tonight on Channel 7 at the racy hour of 9:30, tells the story of three real estate agents on the prowl in loose, libidinous Manhattan. File the title of the show under Fair Warning -- it's only the first in a long series of double-entendres.

The fortysomething central character, Ava (Gail O'Grady), has a long, proud history as a party girl. But she has now taken herself off the prowl by marrying a 25-year-old hunk named Scott, who doesn't know her real age. (Scott is nowhere to be seen in the first two episodes; maybe he can at least call Ava on the phone sometime the way Charlie used to ring up the Angels.)

Then there are the other two -- Chloe (Nicole Sullivan), a man-hungry second banana who repels the guys as readily as Ava attracts them, and Lola (Sofia Vergara), a gorgeous Latina who's leery after spending 10 years with a husband she didn't realize was gay. They think of little else besides sex. Well, that and teasing each other about sex.

Ava: "Those [age] jokes are getting old."

Lola: "Unlike your husband."

Ava: "Scott and I made love three times last night. Not laughing about how young he is now, are you?"

Actually, not laughing about anything at the moment.

Tonight's episode brings the trio a comely blond client named Emerson (Christina Moore), who's looking for a townhouse to share with her handsome fiance. But of course everything on this show is really about sex; in Emerson's case it's the lack of it. She and her intended are both virgins, she says, and they plan to remain so until marriage. The truth comes out after Emerson leaves.

Chloe: "So we both slept with our client's fiance."

Ava: "What're the odds?"


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