Network: ABC Family
Episodes: 18 (hour)
TV show dates: January 3, 2012 — July 31, 2012
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Erica Dasher, Andie MacDowell, Rowly Dennis, India de Beaufort, Ser’Darius Blain, Brooke Lyons, Nick Roux, Meagan Tandy, Matthew Atkinson, and David Clayton Rogers.
TV show description:
Jane Quimby (Erica Dasher) is a quirky teen with an eclectic chic fashion sense who’s trying to survive the perils of high school. When mistaken for someone else, Jane gets the chance of a lifetime to live out her dreams of working at a hip fashion house, Donovan Decker. Now she must juggle her double life and hope she doesn’t get caught.
Jane’s boss is steely fashion executive Gray Chandler Murray (Andie MacDowell) who travels the world in search of the next big style trend. With a full schedule and a lot of demand, Gray expects nothing but perfection from her new assistant.
Two of Jane’s co-workers are Jeremy Jones (Rowly Dennis) and India Jourdain (India de Beaufort). Jeremy is a charming and handsome senior designer who’s known as a ladies’ man around the office. He quickly takes a liking to Jane. Meanwhile, India does her best to make Jane’s life difficult at the fashion house, seeing her as just a bump in the road to what she ultimately wants. India is an associate designer and Gray’s former assistant who’s now gunning for Gray’s job. Other co-workers include Carter (Ser’Darius Blain) and Birdie (Brooke Lyons).
Helping Jane at school is Billy Nutter (Nick Roux), her best friend from childhood. He would do anything for Jane but is secretly dating her high school nemesis, Lulu Pope (Meagan Tandy). Nick Fadden (Matthew Atkinson) is Jane’s long standing school crush. The popular jock hasn’t paid much attention to Jane but something new about her starts to pique his interest.
Jane’s older brother, Ben Quimby (David Clayton Rogers), quit college to move home to take care of Jane after their father passed away. Ben finds himself in over his head when it comes to the parental role. He tries to make money by getting various jobs but they never work out — until he lands a job as the athletic assistant at Jane’s school.
Episode #18 — The Bonus Check
After a heart-to-heart with Jane, Jeremy decides to help his friend out and deliver the designs to Harrods. They’re a success and, when Jane returns from London, Gray rewards her with a bonus check for her work in getting Jeremy and his designs to Harrods in time to save the collaboration. Jane is excited to be able to use the extra cash to buy a new car.
The Whitemarsh school play is quickly approaching and Jane must scramble to repair the costumes that have been destroyed at the house party she threw with Billy. The play is also having major financial problems so Jane decides to save the day. She uses her bonus check for the play and claims that it came from Donovan Decker instead of her.
Meanwhile, Ben returns to find that Jane has been home alone and that Rita still has feelings for him. Eli tells Jane he slept with someone else. India and Jeremy reunite.
Back at Whitemarsh High, thanks to Jane’s generous donation (and some help from Carter and Eli with the costumes), the school play is able to go on. But, right before the big night Nick hurts his ankle so Billy fills in as Prince Charming. The play is a success with Billy as Prince Charming and Zoe as his Cinderella.
Unknown to Jane however, Gray and Eli are in the audience. Gray takes note of the amazing costumes and wants to meet the person behind them. She’s shocked when she comes face to face with the designer and it’s Jane.
First aired: July 31, 2012
What do you think? Do you like Jane By Design? Are you upset that the TV series has been cancelled? How many seasons do you think it should have aired?