While watching Lionsgate's new film, "New In Town", that theme song chorus above kept playing in my head. It's from the popular '76 sitcom, "Alice". Why that song? You ask. Maybe it was the snappy waitress named "Flo" at the local diner in the film or the love of tapioca pudding by New Ulm, Minnesota, residents where "New in Town" is set. For you former Alice fans, like me (no pun intended) remember Vera's favorite snack was tapioca pudding too. And last but not least, those theme song lyrics really sum up what this cute romantic comedy is really about.
"I was a fan of "Alice" and my family owns a restaurant in South Los Angeles. So having worked in a restaurant, I wondered what kind of character could serve as a conflict for our protagonist. I thought well there's "Flo." I was gonna change the character's name, but through the writing it just stuck," Rance states.
As in most small towns, where almost everyone is related and works at "the plant", Lucy sticks out like a Burberry print in a sea of polka dots. But with the help of Blanche, her tapioca-making, scrap booking secretary, Lucy manages to transition into her new position, but not without a few icy exchanges with Ted Mitchell (Harry Connick Jr.), the plant's union representative.