By People Staff
November 01, 2004 12:00 PM

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Nicole Parker and Boris Kodjoe not only portrayed lovers on the departed Showtime series Soul Food, they’re engaged in real life. On this new sitcom the costars’ teasing and tenderness seem like more than play-acting, and they’re both great-looking to boot.

So what does Second Time Around need besides beauty and chemistry? How about more humor? Architect Jackson (Kodjoe) and artist Ryan (Parker) split up eight years ago after only six months of wedded stress. Now they’re giving marriage another go, and the little conflicts are all too easily patched up. Amazing how Ryan overcame her qualms about having kids in just one cutesy episode. Most of the punch lines go to Omar (Mailon Rivera), a gay friend who’s all stereotype, and snippy, status-conscious Paula (Danielle Nicolet), who plans to wed Jackson’s brother Nigel (Brian White). There’s a divorce waiting to happen.