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""THICK AND THIN" -- From multi Emmy-Award winning producer Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video Television comes this half-hour comedy about Mary (Jessica Capshaw, "The Practice"), a formerly fat woman who embarks on a new journey as a fit and newly single woman. That's easier said than done, however, when Mary's family and friends still see her as her former self. They include her overweight mother (multiple Emmy winner Sharon Gless, "Cagney and Lacey"), her overweight younger sister (newcomer Amy Halloran), her father (Martin Mull, "Roseanne"), and her weight-loss program buddy (Mel Rodriguez, "Panic Room"). But it is at the pool-and-spa company franchise she owns in suburban Florida that she finds her most unlikely confidant, her brother-in-law (Chris Parnell, NBC's "Saturday Night Live"), the company's "leotard-ed" spokesperson named "Captain Chlorine." When a cringe-worthy misstep lands her in bed with her ex, she realizes that getting thin was less about pleasing others -- and more about being comfortable in her own skin.

Worst case scenario: it's the Courteney-Cox-in-a-fat-suit gag stretched out for thirty minutes. ("She used to be fat, but now she's all that! Isn't that hilarious!")

I'm encouraged by a few things: Paula Pell of SNL wrote the pilot and is executive producer, and "newcomer" Amy Halloran plays young Rose in "In Her Shoes," the movie.

It's almost enough to make up for "Captain Chlorine."

Jen