Air Date: Thursday, April 12, 2007
Time Slot: 10:01 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#101/102) "Pilot/Animal Style"
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Director/producer Barry Sonnenfeld and producers Kim and Eric Tannenbaum bring a comic take on life's greatest adventure � parenthood -- in an ensemble comedy, "Notes from the Underbelly," that proves that surviving the politics of pregnancy and maintaining your relationships with family and friends can be just as demanding as raising a child. "Notes from the Underbelly" will have a one-hour premiere THURSDAY, APRIL 12 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), then move to its regular time, Wednesdays from 8:30-9:00 p.m., beginning April 18.

In the first part of the premiere, "Pilot," Andrew and Lauren have just found out they're going to have a baby, and are finding it difficult to follow rule number one � keeping it a secret. Suddenly switching to decaf, becoming a teetotaler at cocktail parties and going to the OBGYN prove to be difficult to keep from family and close friends.

In the second part of the premiere, "Animal Style," Andrew and Lauren succumb to pressures of reorganizing their lives. They realize changes are inevitable -- donating Andrew's beloved hockey table to make space, trading in the Mini Cooper for a mini-van, and updating an expired license -- no matter how much you love the photo. Lauren is experiencing strong cravings and almost jeopardizes her driving test with an ill-advised u-turn into a drive-thru hamburger joint. Eric and Julie are also preparing to welcome their first child by practicing their parental skills with the help of a toy doll. Meanwhile, Cooper moves in on a newly separated married man by flirting with him at a funeral.

"Notes from the Underbelly" stars Jennifer Westfeldt as Lauren, Peter Cambor as Andrew, Michael Weaver as Danny, Rachael Harris as Cooper, Melanie Paxson as Julie, Sunkrish Bala as Eric.

Guest starring in "Animal Style" is Steven Roy as Kyle.

"Pilot" was written by Stacy Traub and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

"Animal Style" was written by Stacy Traub and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

Based on Risa Green's novel of the same name, "Notes from the Underbelly" was created by Stacy Traub ("Kitchen Confidential"). Traub, Barry Sonnenfeld, Kim Tannenbaum & Eric Tannenbaum ("Two and a Half Men") serve as executive producers. The series is from The Tannenbaum Company, Hill Three Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

"Notes from the Underbelly" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP. These programs carry a TV-PG,D,L,S parental guideline.

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