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'Manhattan Love Story' review: Not much to like

"Manhattan Love Story," a new romantic comedy airing Tuesdays this fall on ABC starring Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman. Credit: ABC / Giovanni Rufino

COMEDY SERIES "Manhattan Love Story"

WHEN | WHERE Premieres Tuesday night at 8:30 on ABC/7

WHAT IT'S ABOUT Imagine young urbanites watching people walk down the street. Guys rank the female bods. Girls dish the handbags. That's the mindset of "Manhattan Love Story," as revealed by the incessant voice-over of our title involvees. Dana (Analeigh Tipton, "Crazy, Stupid, Love") is a naive city newcomer with ambition. Peter (Jake McDorman, "Shameless") is a been-there New Yorker with lust. She's a dip, he's a tool, and, of course, they're fated to be together.

Or so think her sorority sister (Jade Catta-Preta) and his brother (Nicolas Wright), a married couple who set them up, only to see them hate-cute. But that's before Peter's grand romantic make-up gesture, which takes place amid autocorrect gags and the inevitable relationship-status update.

MY SAY Isn't the title twee? Aren't those lovebirds cute? How madly can this show multitask? There might be something smartly contemporary buried deep inside "Manhattan Love Story," but the pilot is too busy demonstrating its cognizance of connected devices and social media. They're front and center. Actual human behavior is back-burner. And those throwback gender assignments -- yuck.

But, hey, there's the Statue of Liberty!

BOTTOM LINE Manhattan twit story.


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