Emily's Reasons Why Not

ABC (ended 2006)


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Emily's Reasons Why Not

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Emily Sanders (Heather Graham) is a successful young woman with terrific taste, great friends and a fabulous job in publishing. She didn't get to this place in life by accident. She worked hard and always followed a set of self-imposed guidelines referred to as the "Reasons." Reasons why not to take that new job offer, reasons why not to tell a vacation fling to look you up if he's ever in Los Angeles, reasons why not to trust your crafty, back-stabbing former assistant , Glitter Cho (Smith Cho) . However, when Emily crosses professional lines and gets involved with the roguishly handsome, two-timing author of their new best seller, there's no denying somewhere along the way her internal GPS system has crashed. She's got to get back on track, and once again be heedful of the trustworthy reasons that help her navigate her way through life. Reilly (Nadia Dajani) is a "nonconformist" who is unemployed and still single. She has known Emily since childhood. Reilly has no problem telling it like it is. Josh (Khary Payton) works at a healing teashop called "Chi for Two".

***James Patrick Stuart will become a regular cast member as a business consultant. ***

Based on the bestselling novel of the same title, Heather Graham stars in this comedy about one independent woman's adventures in life, friendship, love and their infinite possibilities… and a funny comedy.

Production Companies are Sony Pictures Entertainment and Pariah.


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    • Just plain horrible.

      Well... i don't know how else to say it besides that it was a dumb show. and it only last 2 episodes so it was pretty bad. since my review has to be at least one hundred words long, i guess i will rant about how awful and horrible the show was. Well... i already said it, it was horrible. i saw the first episode, which is technically half the series, and i was not impressed. if i could choose between watch a movie directed by Uwe Boll (horrible director) and watch this show, i would choose the awful movies. so yeah, that's how i feel about the show.moreless
    • A swing and a miss....

      I loved this show\'s pilot. There were six more episode\'s we never got to see which is a real bummer cause this was a good show. I love Heather and I thought the plot was good. I really don\'t think that is a way to live by dumping someone if you can think of five reason\'s to because if you know you should you should. I love this show lots and with all that advertizing ABC spent I think they wasted there money not to at least air a second episode just to try it out. It is a real shame that good show\'s like these always are killed so soon.moreless
    • Wrong time? Nu-uh! Wrong channel!!!

      Smart enough, sexy enough, pretty people and casting slightly against type, combining the best bits of Sex and the City, Ally McBeal, Will & Grace: but why ABC? Emily isn't really family-friendly, now, is it? HBO, Showtime, The WB/CW would all have been better homes for this, not the Disney-owned, family-oriented ABC.

      I have to say that for a pilot, I thought it was better than The New Adventures of Old Caroline, It's Always Sunny in Philadpelphia, Modern Men: it could have been a great LA-based vehicle, showing off the city for its sexy, sweet side.

      It's not been on here in the UK, but no doubt will appear on ABC1 at some point, all 6 episodes, but I was intrigued enough to search it out online and downloaded the pilot, which I thought was funny and fun. I could see the arc of the series, which would have been short but fun, and the other characters had plenty of room to grow. We would have seen plenty of male guest stars commuting in and out like strap-hangers on a Monday morning, male and female flesh on display, perhaps some implied bedroom action, but, I ask you, is that an ABC formula?

      So, although we will never see more than the 6 episodes (if they ever see the light of day!), I don't think it deserved the panning it got. Perhaps in the wisdom of the great schedulers in the sky, we'll see something not unlike this eventually.moreless
    • A bad show at the wrong time.

      This show tries to appeal to the "Sex in the City" crowd. I am part of the demographic this show thought they could sell to advertisers (single, early 30's, upwardly mobile, etc.) but the title and the premise turned me off of the show before I saw one episode. I don't think I'll ever see an episode; it's important for TV executives to learn why. I'm sick of interchangeable pretty early-30-somethings with impossible-to-get white-collar jobs whose biggest concern is finding a date without annoying habits. Boo-hoo. Add to that the confusing negative of the premise and you get a show that never could find an audience. I mean, who wants to deal with the "reasons why not" for every episode? "Seinfeld" with their "The x" titles and "Friends" with "The One With x" titles were much simpler and were obviously what people were looking for. "How I Met Your Mother" (which puts a confusing premise in the show's title) will suffer a similar fate when people realize the genre was mined to death with "Friends", "Seinfeld" and "Sex in the City." It's time for shows that are unexpected and original, not cynical rehashes of successful predecessors, . And no more defenders of shows like "Emily's Reasons Why Not" who characterize the show using parts of the premises of other shows.moreless
    • absolutely unwatchable

      Incredible. This is a stunning example of how not to make tv. Heather Graham proves herself the untalented barbie we have always had an inkling off but never had 100% proof. The characters were atrocious. The lucy liu wannabe was the only thing close to anything funny on the show but it was so painful and obvious. Hard to believe ABC agreed to air the show at all. With the massive ad campaign that they waged on the LA streets and the bumpers in between ABC shows it is a shame they let this show take down Jake in Progress with it -- a show they never did any promotion for! If Heather Graham ever does another TV show I am gonna shoot my TV.moreless

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