Young & Hungry Stars Preview 'Sexy,' 'Inspiring' New ABC Family Comedy

Young & Hungry Series Premiere

Simply put, Emily Osment‘s character on ABC Family’s Young & Hungry is a hot mess with absolutely no idea what she’s doing — and that’s exactly what Osment loves about her.

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“I’m so used to seeing perfect women on TV, and that drives me crazy,” Osment tells TVLine. “This girl is a total wreck, and she’s so much fun to play. She’s also inspiring;  hopefully young girls watching will be able to see that people mess up every day and it’s totally fine. As long as you’re driven and you have a goal, you’ll be OK.”

Premiering Wednesday at 8/7c, Young & Hungry follows Osment (Hannah Montana) as Gabi Diamond, a food blogger who lands a plum job as the private chef of tech millionaire Josh Kaminski ($#*! My Dad SaysJonathan Sadowski) — before landing next to him in bed.

“You don’t get the romance part of it in the premiere, just get the sexual tension,” Osment says of Gabi and Josh’s “office” romance. “That’s what the whole rest of the first season is about: Do they love each other? Should she quit [because it’s awkward]?”

Explains Sadowski, “We explore the idea of us being together, but we also explore the idea of us not being together. And, technically, she gets the job before she sleeps with me.” (That’s an important distinction.)

Adding to the complication of Gabi and Josh’s will-they-or-won’t-they-again dynamic is the constant presence of Josh’s housekeeper Yolanda (The Cleveland Show‘s Kym Whitley) and personal assistant Elliot (Entourage‘s Rex Lee), neither of whom can help but get over-involved in their employer’s personal life.

“It’s like playing a game of Clue every week,” Osment says of the dynamics in Josh’s apartment. “It’s very clever and so much fun.”

Will you be checking out the premiere of Young & Hungry? Drop a comment with your early thoughts below.

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  1. Me says:

    Just don’t understand why they have to show a girl having sex with her employer in the first show. Really?? Good role model for girls – NOT. ABC family has so few family friendly shows it’s crazy.

    • Jared Munson says:

      I agree. “She’s also inspiring; hopefully young girls watching will be able to see that people mess up every day and it’s totally fine.”…because ending in bed with someone is a great example

      • S. says:

        Totally. That’s not the only problem but kind of a big one. I don’t see how sleeping with her boss after she gets the job is a great distinction. Better to be neither, e.g. when Meredith didn’t know Derek was an attending at her new job on Grey’s Anatomy and she slept with him. Sleeping with a guy to get the job is bad, sleeping with your boss after you get the job is bad. So we’re supposed to be invested in whether they luuuuurv one another? I think they’re both bad role models here. Another is that Emily said she was sick of seeing perfect women on tv. She’s got to be kidding, many if not most women on tv fall under the male nerd writer fantasy of ‘beautiful but doesn’t know it, great at work but a mess personally.’ Cut and paste it in many many character descriptions.They’re always a mess. Basically her character is like most female characters on tv. The only thing particularly perfect is the physique of whoever they cast in the part so not sure what Emily finds so special about her character’s self. Beautiful people almost always know it, the ones who don’t are people with self-esteem issues for some reason or they’ve never learned how to dress, etc. to look their best. On Castle, Beckett has reason to know she’s attractive (she did briefly model) but has issues in her past regarding her mother’s murder. She’s not just a mess for the sake of being a mess. If they don’t know why the woman in question is a mess, stop it. She just comes off like a flake. Probably a big reason why How I Met Your Dad came off the rails. Female Peter Pan flaking on a year long marriage that doesn’t have significant issues in it was just a recipe for disaster. Why like/root for that person?

  2. Jessica says:

    I think the thing here is people make mistakes, I’m sure some people have made the mistake of sleeping with their bosses. Plus this is a tv show. They never said anything about being role models so calm down.

  3. Belle says:

    I think you’re taking this show too seriously; it has potential and I plan to give it a few more episodes before deciding for sure. Since when do people watch shows for good role models?? I tune in for laughs no matter how ridiculous the plot seems, in reality I’m sure hooking up with your boss happens more than you think. Keep an open mind, and if you want shows with a moral compass built in good luck with that. If this show (and other likes it) offends you you have been given the opportunity to watch whatever you want :) ain’t life great!!!

    • Me says:

      True anyone can watch whatever they want, I’m just disappointed that in the first episode she falls in bed with the boss. Girls don’t need to do that.

  4. kim says:

    I love the show personally I think you’re funny and edgy me and my girl friends get together when I come over over a glass of wine it is fun I said bring season 3 4 5 6 7 & 8