At first glance, "Jezebel James" has the makings of a promising formula for a hit show: two familiar-yet-quirky stars (Posey and "Six Feet Under" vet Lauren Ambrose), a hot creator (Amy Sherman Palladino, of "Gilmore Girls" fame) and an edgy network known for bringing us the best nontraditional sitcom of the past decade, "Arrested Development."
Since that brilliant show was canceled in 2006, however, the word "edgy" hasn't exactly applied to Fox's recent comedies (see "'Til Death" or "Back to You"). So you can guess that Posey's character is much more in the vein of her high-strung book editor in "You've Got Mail" than any of her delightfully kooky characters from the Christopher Guest oeuvre. In fact, Posey stars as Sarah Tompkins, a high-strung -- wait for it! -- children's book editor who enlists her younger, hard-partying sister (Ambrose) to be a surrogate mother after she is informed she can't conceive. We saw the taping of episode four, by which point the chemistry between the two siblings had developed enough for them to have a rapid-fire repartee worthy of their "Gilmore" predecessors.
Granted, a show about children's books and infertility probably isn't going to win over many male fans, but the dialogue and the plotlines so far seem to be in step for the show to become a "Gilmore"-size hit for young women -- as long as Fox doesn't schedule it against "Grey's Anatomy" or "Private Practice," of course. (Incidentally, a premiere date has yet to be set for the midseason sitcom.)