Initially, Abby’s nose is put out of joint, but she turns the situation to her advantage when Mike offers to help her seduce Colin (Eric Winter), the surgeon next door who happens to look like an underwear model. Echoing ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’, Mike watches Abby and Colin on dates, advising her through an earpiece. His advice can be summed up as: wear short skirts, laugh at his jokes, fellate hot dogs. Abby protests, but the fact that Mike is proved right makes this insulting to both sexes.
There are laughs: Heigl can pratfall with the best of them and the hosts of her show – a secretly unhappy couple played by Cheryl Hines and John Michael Higgins – bring dark humour to the table. Despite Butler’s dodgy accent and unappealing character, there is brief chemistry between him and Heigl. But blank-faced Colin doesn’t represent enough competition to make this a credible love triangle, so we’re left with a few giggles and the option to be offended by the gender stereotypes – if we can be bothered.