'Jane By Design': 5 things to know about ABC Family's adorable new show

ABC Family continues its trend of adorable yet addictive family-friendly programming with "Jane By Design," which premieres Tuesday, Jan. 3 on the network. Erica Dasherstars as high-schooler Jane Quimby, who somehow manages to score a part-time gig as an assistant at a fashion design house when she applies for an internship.Andie MacDowell plays the appropriately three-named designer boss, Gray Chandler Murray, and though she only appears via video chat in the first episode, her playful bitchiness shines through. For a lady who seems like such a down-to-earth person in real life, she sure plays a realistic witch.Here are five more things you should know about the new series:1. Yes, it will remind you of "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead." But is that such a bad thing? Sure, there's no Josh Charles, and Dasher's Jane is more of the adorable, awkward type (as opposed to Christina Applegate's popular, bitchy type). But it's got the...

Erica Dasher Previews Jane By Design

Are you ready for the premiere of Jane By Design , a fun, new quirky drama from ABC Family? Prior to tonight's series premiere, Erica Dasher - who plays the lead character of Jane - called in for an interview and provided a sneak peek of the season. The backdrop for the series: Jane loves fashion and convinces her school adviser to allow her to apply for an internship at a fashion house. Due to a mix-up, she is mistakenly hired as the assistant for major executive, Gray (Andie McDowell), instead. "I live in two different worlds and play two different ages, essentially," Dasher said of the set up. Jane's dual existence is made possible with the help of her best friend, Billy (Nicholas Roux), while it's also threatened by her brother and guardian, Ben (David Rogers). The competing lives of a high school student and an adult don't end there, but also in the "boy" department between Jane's school crush, the jock, Nick (Matthew Atkinson) and the workplace senior designer, Jeremy (Rowly Dennis). And, don't forget, there's also her long-time friend, Billy, as a potential love interest! There are plenty of attractive men to look at on Jane By Design . When asked what the biggest draw should be for people to watch the show, Erica agreed, saying simply: "The super cute guys." She was drawn to the show by Jane. "I fell in love with Jane immediately," the actress said, describing her as "a really bold character. She's funny and passionate and clumsy and not popular and creative and girly. I could go on and on about her. She's a really great character." True to the fashion world, the show will be traveling to different locations such as Beverly Hills, Paris and New York, while also including a few special guests. Dasher spilled that Betsy Johnson will make a cameo in an episode. If you love fashion, hot men, love quadrangles, complicated secret lives, or any combination, make sure to tune in to Jane By Design , premiering tonight on ABC Family, following the mid-season premiere of Switched at Birth . Return to TV Fanatic immediately following the premiere for my review and to discuss the show!

'Jane By Design' Creator on John Hughes' Influence, Retooling Characters and the Teen Drama Surge (Q&A)

  ABC Family continues its winter rollout with freshman drama  Jane By Design. Created by first-time showrunner  April Blair , writer of teen flicks  Monte Carlo  and Disney Channel's Lemonade Mouth , the hourlong series centers on stylish high school outsider Jane Quimby ( Erica Dasher ), who goes on an aggressive job search in the fashion world after her brother Ben ( David Rogers ) fails to land a job to pay the rent. The parentless teen lands a gig as an assistant to the powerful Gray Chandler Murray ( Andie MacDowell ), a big gun at a top fashion house, after being mistaken for an adult. Add on an equally uncool, supportive best friend Billy ( Nicholas Roux ) with his own double life and that's the crux of the drama. Read More...

‘Jane By Design’ Official Cast Photos

Jane By Design  premieres  Tuesday, January 3rd (9:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT) on ABC Family . Jane By Design is a light-hearted drama about Jane, a teenager who lands a job at Donovan Decker, a hip fashion  house , when they mistake her for an adult. Jane soon finds herself juggling life both as a regular high school student and as an assistant to a high powered executive  in the cutthroat world of fashion… all while trying to keep her true identity a secret.  

Jane By Design “Pilot” Episode 1

Jane By Design  “Pilot” episode 1  airs on Tuesday, January 3rd (9:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT) on ABC Family . Episode Synopsis : Jane Quimby is a fresh-faced fashionista juggling life both as a regular high school student  and as an assistant to a high-powered fashion executive — all while trying to keep her true identity a secret  — in the series premiere of ABC Family’s new original  series “Jane By Design” on Tuesday, January 3rd (9:00 ??? 10:00 PM ET/PT). The one-hour original drama stars newcomer Erica Dasher, David Clayton Rogers (“ Cougar Town ”), Nicholas Roux (“Lemonade Mouth”), Rowly Dennis (“ Desperate Housewives ”), India De Beaufort (“ One Tree Hill ”), Meagan Tandy (“10 Things I Hate About You”), Matthew Atkinson (“ CSI ”) and featuring Andie MacDowell (“Footloose,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”). Read More...