Leap of Faith was created by Jenny Bicks, a former writer-producer for HBO’s ”Sex and the City” who contributed a lot to that show’s wisecracky, sexually explicit tone. ”Leap of Faith” takes the basic structure of ”Sex and the City” – four single friends in Manhattan who spend a lot of time in restaurants, dining out on tales of dating woe – and transposes it to network television, which means no nudity or naughty words. In other words, it’s pretty much a complete disaster.
Sarah Paulson (”Jack & Jill”) stars as Faith Wardwell, an advertising copywriter who, in the premiere, breaks off her engagement with a stuffed-shirt fellow (Bradley White) and sleeps with an actor who auditioned for a commercial campaign she’s working on (he’s played by Brad Rowe).
This patently faithless Faith finds support among her trio of best friends: brash Patty (”Felicity”’s Lisa Edelstein), who crows ”outrageous” things like ”It’s 2002 – women watch porn!”; Cynthia (Regina King), in whom, after viewing two episodes, I could discern no distinguishing personality; and Andy (Ken Marino), a writer for Rolling Stone. (What’s the point of specifying his place of employment if the show isn’t going to get off a few jocular shots at Jann Wenner and company?) Jill Clayburgh pops up occasionally in a dreadful role as Faith’s shrieky socialite mother.
Everybody says the word sex a lot; desperate attempts are made to coin new comic phrases such as ”You have sex hair!” and ”eye sex” (that’s a lustful gaze, in the words of Faith’s boss, Tim Meadows, from ”Saturday Night Live” and ”The Michael Richards Show”!). The whole enterprise is depressing.