Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"The Riches." Are you watching. And an Eddie Izzard podcast.

So, tonight was the Season 2 premiere of "The Riches." This is a show I love, flaws and all, and I think they recovered nicely from some of the woes in the middle of Season 1. I just find the ambition here something that's important to back. If you watched, let's hear some thoughts.

And it looks like I'll be interviewing Eddie Izzard in S.F. in late April. In the pod cave. Should be a rush.

11 comments:

suzyq2 said...

I am watching. I think I need at least one "must see tv" show a week. While I watch the Daily Show pretty much daily, and Keith O. some of the time, I need a show to sink my eye teeth into. And The Riches fills the bill. When I mentioned on another post that I didn't have any meat on the Tivo this week I had forgotten about Eddie, Minnie and crew. It was a edgy, how are they going to get out of this one, nicely done season premiere. I love Izzard's total, intense, commitment to his character. And Driver's is just great in this show. I too am forgiving of its flaws because it's so original and surprising and yeah, the ambition is to be lauded.

I can't wait for the Eddie Izzard podcast.

It was great to see the promos for Rescue Me, Damages and The Shield (although fall seems like it's very far away) and be reminded that while nothing will touch The Wire, there is hope for tv life after it.

pnm said...

The first episode of the Riches was great, but for us it just went down hill from there. But if you say it got better, maybe it's time for a revisit.

We're really excited about the Eddie Izzard podcast. We're seeing him live at the SF Orpheum in July, so the podcast will be a great appetizer.

And Tim, knowing Izzard, you won't have any trouble getting him to wear a shorty robe...

Pinkhamster said...

I was thinking he would prefer lingerie.

Tom said...

I'm watching. I was excited for its return, and disappointed to hear that it's a strike-shortened seven-episode season.

Izzard and Driver are just outstanding, and Tim, you hit the nail on its Traveller head when you described Todd Stashwick as "riveting."

An Izzard podcast is the dog's bollocks. But Eddie is far too stylish to wear a shorty robe. He is, after all, an executive transvestite.

ppage said...

Overall enjoyed the show. Liked the neighbor joining in the get-away. And Minnie Driver continues to delight. I am sick of the blond guy who plays "Wayne's" boss; he's just over wrought & boring. I do wish they could get into an entirely new story line.
Am tired of the lawyer angle.

Looking forward to the Izzard podcast..... I still want an Olbermann podcast (even though he taints himself by doing political analysis with Chris Matthews).

hickcity said...

I'm in. Overall it was a choppy mess (although it did strive to pick up exactly where it left off), and there was the filler preview anchoring about 10 minutes of otherwise dead air. I skipped it (t-i-v-o) since I didn't enjoy having that much knowledge of upcoming episodes, which they also did last season.

However, I agree that even though the pacing is weird and sometimes the acting is over the top, there are still great moments.

Plus the premise of an underground outlaw family skewering the gated community value structure is worth the price of admission alone.

Anonymous said...

"Plus the premise of an underground outlaw family skewering the gated community value structure is worth the price of admission alone."

praise cheebus.

Anonymous said...

There were a lot of things I loved about the show, but I couldn't get past having Eddie routinely encounter some incredible business situation that no one, let alone some with no business or legal background, could resolve and then having him perform some incredible actions that got him out of it every time. He's a very smart guy, but after awhile it just seemed a little too much.

I'm definitely going to give it another try this season to see if they toned that down.

dollar_bin said...

This was my first experience with the Riches and it was enjoyable but for some reason I was left with an overwhelming urge to run out and buy a GMC Yukon Denali afterwards. Damn you, product placement!

Brian4 said...

I have always liked (not loved) this show, probably more for its potential than anything. I think they have a great cast and a great premise, but they never seem to make the most of it. I just know this show has potential greatness in it somewhere, and now if only they could find it...

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