Air Date: Monday, February 14, 2005
Time Slot: 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST on UPN
Episode Title: (#101) "Cutting Corners"
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"Cutting Corners" -- When Kevin (Marques Houston) and Tiffany (Shannon Elizabeth) spend lavishly on non-essentials for the new salon and cut corners on several necessary repairs, they jeopardize their opening when the building inspector threatens to shut them down, on the series premiere of CUTS, Monday, Feb. 14 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN. Brian Roberts directed the episode from a script by Eunetta T. Boone.

Later, as Kevin and Tiffany fail to get more money from her hair-care mogul father Jack (Corbin Bersen), they are forced to work with each other and rally the staff to get the place ready for the grand opening.

When the Barnes� family-run barbershop is sold to a large hair salon chain, prodigal son Kevin Barnes finds himself co-managing the shop with the new owner�s spoiled daughter Tiffany, a rich party girl who has never worked a day in her life. With differing ideas about how to make the shop a success, these two new partners find themselves in a battle of the sexes. Tiffany dreams of creating the ultimate day spa for women, and her ideas have all of the female employees excited, particularly Candy (Shondrella Avery), the sassy manicurist who has no qualms about sprucing up her surroundings. Yet Kevin's desire of making it a sports bar where guys can hang out has heavy support from the male staff, especially Walt (Rashaan Nall), the gambling barber, who knows he can try to win some extra cash if sports are playing all day in the shop, and Ace (Edward "Grapevine" Fordham), the fun-loving overweight barber who loves a crowd when telling his stories.

Believing that they each have something to prove to themselves and their families, Kevin and Tiffany agree to incorporate both under one roof. But running a business is not as easy as it appears, as the two will have to ride the many speed bumps along the way. But these two people from completely different worlds, with very different approaches to life, will work to find some common ground and try to turn this local barbershop in a burgeoning neighborhood into the hottest and hippest spa on the Eastern seaboard.

Shannon Elizabeth most recently starred as Ashton Kutcher�s love interest on �That '70s Show� and will next be seen in the television movie "Confessions of an American Bride." For film, she will next be seen starring with Christina Ricci, Omar Epps and Joshua Jackson in Wes Craven�s thriller "Cursed," and in the independent film "The Kid and I," opposite Tom Arnold and Henry Winkler. Most recently, Elizabeth appeared in the comedy "Johnson Family Vacation," opposite Cedric the Entertainer. Her additional film credits include "Love Actually," "Thirteen Ghosts," "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," "American Pie" and the sequel "American Pie II." In 2001, Elizabeth was awarded the Female Star of Tomorrow Award at ShoWest in Las Vegas and received the Female Breakthrough Performer of the Year award at the Hollywood Film Festival Gala Ceremony.

Marques Houston had recurring roles on the television series "Sister, Sister" and "A Different World" and guest�starring roles on "Family Matters," "The Parent Hood," "All That" and "Cousin Skeeter." He can currently be seen starring in the feature film "Fat Albert." Most recently, Houston starred in "You Got Served," "House Party III," "Down to the Last Minute" and "Good Burger." He also lent his voice to the animated film "BeBe Kids." A singer, songwriter and producer, his music career took off in 1992 as a member of the trio Immature with their hit single, "Tear it Up," from the movie soundtrack "Bebe's Kids." In 1994, Immature released their debut album, On Our Worst Behavior, and followed it up with Playtime is Over, We Got It and The Journey. In 1999, the group then changed their name to IMx and released Introducing IMx and followed that with IMx in 2001. Houston released his first solo album MH, in 2003 and will release his next album, Naked, in April 2005. In addition to performing, Houston wrote and produced several songs for Destiny's Child's "The Writing on the Wall" as well as produced albums for the R&B group B2K.

Shondrella Avery grew up in South Central Los Angeles where she was the eldest of 200 children: Nine are her natural siblings and 190 are extended foster family members. Her unique family situation led her to write and perform her one woman show "Ain�t I Enough," a dramedy where she tells the story of growing up with her enormous family. On television, Avery has had a recurring role as "Candy" for the last three seasons on the UPN comedy ONE ON ONE. She also starred for five seasons on the series "Girls Behaving Badly." Her other television credits include guest starring appearances on "The Jamie Foxx Show," "For Your Love," "Cedric the Entertainer Presents," "Martin," "Living Single" and "Strong Medicine." Avery can currently be seen co-starring as "LaFawnduh," the sexy internet girlfriend in the independent feature film "Napoleon Dynamite." She will next be seen co-starring in Tony Scott�s feature "Domino," with Keira Knightley and Christopher Walken. Her other feature film credits include "Watermelon Heist," with John Amos, "Catfish and Gumbo" and the cult favorite "Trippin," with Donald Faison and Guy Torry.

On television, Rashaan Nall has had a recurring role as "Walt" for the last three seasons on UPN 's ONE ON ONE. He also starred in the series "Social Studies." He had recurring roles on the series "Cracker," "Hanging With Mr. Cooper" and "Mr. Rhodes." Nall has starred in many made-for-television movies, including "Play'd: A Hip Hop Story," "Something To Sing About," "Inferno," "Principal Takes a Holiday," "Tyson," "The Tin Soldier" and "Sweet Potato Ride." His other television credits include guest starring appearances on "The Shield," "The Bernie Mac Show," "ER," "Touched By An Angel," "NYPD Blue," "Nash Bridges," "Sister, Sister" and "The Parent' Hood." Nall's feature work includes appearing in the films "The Wash," "Snipes," "Dancing in September," "Lep in the Hood" and "Fakin 'D' Funk." His theatre work includes leading roles in the plays "Sins of the Father," "P.O.W.," "Pauley Wauley," "Romeo & Julie Mae" and "Lasting Impressions."

On television, Edward "Grapevine" Fordham has had a recurring role as "Ace" for the last three seasons on UPN's ONE ON ONE. He has also appeared on the shows "Uptown Comedy Club," "Yo! MTV Raps," "Rap City" and "Video LP." Fordham's feature work includes appearing in the films "Sweet Potato" and "Out On Parole." He also has appeared in the Henry Street Settlement stage production of "A Soldier's Story."

The executive producers are Eunetta T. Boone and Bennie R. Richburg, Jr. The series is produced by The Greenblatt Janollari Studio and Daddy�s Girl Productions in association with Paramount Network Television.

Tiffany: Shannon Elizabeth
Kevin: Marques Houston
Candy: Shondrella Avery
Walt: Rashaan Nall
Ace: Edward "Grapevine" Fordham
Jack Sherwood: Corbin Bernsen
Frank: Keith MacKechnie
George: Andre Royo
The Inspector: Michael Orenstein

RATING: To Be Announced

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