Thursday, January 04, 2007

Two Reviews

OK, so even FX is allowed a mis-step once in a while.

I saw "dirt" on Tuesday night and was rather underwhelmed. As I previously posted, it's not like tabloid journalism is one of my favorite subjects anyway, but I was at least open to the idea that it would provide interesting storylines.

It didn't.

Perhaps what most surprised me about "dirt" was the apathy I felt. I didn't even hate the awful people it portrayed enough to care. I was pretty indifferent through the whole thing, rarely shocked or even stimulated. And the whole Ian Hart psycho photographer storyline seemed like it belonged in a different show.

Courtney Cox wasn't bad as the lead, but it was if the writer's couldn't decide in making her really evil or just misunderstood.

Unlike "The Shield" or "Rescue Me," "dirt" doesn't show the characters wrestling with moral ambiguity, the most compelling aspects of those shows.

"Knights of Prosperity" was also different than I expected. It didn't have the sitcom feel that I thought it might, and that's both a good and a bad thing. Good, because it makes the show more interesting. Bad, because I think fewer people will stick with it because of that.

TV fans are already balking at the prospect of serialized shows. You can get away with it with a show like "Lost" or "24," where the action forces you to stay with it. I don't know if that will be the case with a half-hour comedy, especially one in such a horrible timeslot. ABC did the producers of this show no favor.

I did love the gambling action with the dreidls, however.

THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 8 p.m.) returns with its first new episode of 2007, as does the NBC block of comedies.

CBS proceduralists get new episodes of "CSI" at 9 p.m. and "Shark" at 10 p.m., while viewers also get a new "ER" (NBC, 10 p.m.)


Zodin2008 said...

Well, you don't actually seem to be criticizing the quality of show that "Knights" was which was a funny show, though I wouldn't call it the level of "The Office" (though nothing is) or even "How I Met Your Mother" yet. Your criticisms really have nothing to do with the show...just at ABC and the bad title and time slot.

The quality of the show is first rate. It's this year's "Sons & Daughters"--a fantastic ABC sitcom (rare in itself) with nowhere to launch. Had ABC say launched "Knights" WITH "Sons", then you'd have the building block of two really funny and different shows.

What's a shame is that for all the criticism we dole on ABC for their schedule shifts and general lack of ability in launching comedies, they have actually produced 3 funny shows in about a year since "Sons" premiered last winter and this year, you have "Ugly Betty" (albeit a 1 hour Dramedy) and "Knights".

That's still a BETTER record in my book then CBS (which has one funny show in "Mother" since "The Class" is not funny and I find the "Christine" show mediocre) Fox (with zero funny shows) and The CW (with only "Everybody Hates Chris" and we even got tired of that).

The only network(s) that have currently better records in launching actual funny shows is (1) NBC with a Thursday full of good shows (2) HBO which has two of the best on air in "Entourage and "Curb" and even last year, the Lisa Kudrow vehicle "The Comeback" and (3) USA which has both "Monk" and "Psych" though I would argue strongly that neither show is great or consistent...they are lite fun at best.

NBC maybe the one channel trust the most for Comedy.

Anonymous said...

i thought dirt was interesting, but just didn't have enough in the series opener. i will probably give it another try though. sometimes these shows just take a couple episodes to come into their own.

also zodin2008, i think the class is funny.

Phillip Ramati said...

I also think "The Class" is funny, just uneven.

I may give "Dirt" one more chance, haven't decided yet.

NBC still has the best group of comedies, bar none, and if you need any evidence, just look at Thursday's episodes, especially "Earl" with the Cops parody and "The Office." (Dwight's line to a crying Pam, especially).

I don't see "Knights" in that class, but it's worth another look.

Zodin2008 said...

Well, I wholeheartedly disagree about "Tha Class". Not funny to my wife & I and some others I talk TV with and most of the characters were grating.

"Earl" is OK but they keep shoving horrible guest stars down our throats such as Giovanni Ribisi (the most annoying actor ever), Kathy Kinney, Roseanne Barr...yikes. The show is fine, but the first year was a lot better and it's such a pale shadow of a show like "The Office" (which is the best thing on Television).