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Up next: ABC Family goes for laughs with State of Georgia, featuring a few faces you may have seen on TV before.
WHEN | Wednesdays 8:30/7:30c, premiering June 29
WHAT IT’S ABOUT | In real life, Raven-Symoné has been acting since she was a toddler, on series such as The Cosby Show and That’s So Raven. But in this new half-hour comedy, she’s just a gal trying to break into this business we call show. As Georgia, “an aspiring actress with a larger-than-life personality” she toils at a New York City department store with her socially awkward, science-geek best friend Jo (Roswell‘s Majandra Delfino). Georgia and Jo spritz perfume between attempts at foraging for acting gigs and trying to get into a top-tier university physics department, respectively.
GIRL POWER | Although there are sure to be romantic entanglements à la most every ABC Family series, Stage of Georgia is more about the mismatched gal pals and the title character’s over-the-top Aunt Honey (Grey’s Anatomy‘s Loretta Devine), with whom the girls stay in an extravagant two-story apartment. Devine describes Honey as a far cry from Alzheimer’s victim Adele on Grey’s, insteading dubbing her “a lady of leisure” prone to making grand entrances. “She’s a flamboyant broad, and not realistic at all.” But the role does bring Devine full circle in her career. Her first sitcom gig was A Different World, which was a spinoff of Raven-Symoné’s Cosby Show.
WATCH THIS IF YOU LIKE… | ABC Family’s other foray into comedy, Melissa & Joey, which also stars familiar-slash-retro faces and airs right before State of Georgia. Also watch if you want to see what Delfino looks like nine years after Roswell‘s end. (Spoiler alert: The girl has not aged!)
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