IN MY OPINION
Books Read in 2007
My Favorite Video Blogs
(for others, see Links page)
John Lennon's Piano
The History of Late Night TV
7 Minute Sopranos
Family Stories Vlog
New on My
That's My Answer
Have you answered
26 May 2007
A few years back, Ned introduced me to Eddie Izzard, the very straight cross-dressing comedian.
I sat and watched his award-winning "Dressed to Kill" special, absolutely enthralled with his delivery, his wealth of knowledge and his humor.
I watched another of his one-man shows as well (can't remember which one). But that was a long time ago. I thought he was really an interesting performer, but I didn't become an overnight Eddie Izzard fanatic.
I first saw Minnie Driver when she starred in the movie Circle of Friends, based on a novel by Maeve Binchy. Naively I thought Driver was a great actress but not really "pretty," and wondered if she would have a future in Hollywood beyond this one movie, which seemed ideally suited for her. (Ironically I thought the same thing about Holly Hunter when I saw her first movie -- good actress, but with that Southern drawl could she possibly play other roles?)
Just shows what I know! Obviously Minnie Driver is not the plain Jane I thought she was and she has gone on to have a wonderful career in the movies.
When I heard about the new series, The Riches, on Fox I expected it to be some sort of black comedy, since it starred Eddie Izzard. I was not prepared for the warning that the upcoming episode included scenes of graphic violence and adult language.
I watched the first episodes and really wasn't sure how I felt about it. It definitely was not a comedy, black or otherwise.
The premise is that Izzard and Driver are Irish traveler con artists, Wayne and Dahlia Malloy. (I never heard of "travelers" until we went to Ireland and I learned that they were the Irish equivalent of gypsies. I didn't realize that we had "travelers" here in the United States.)
Wayne and Dahlia have three children DiDi, Cael, and Sam (which one web site I read said was based on Izzard's cross-dressing childhood, and another web site said was written into the script before Izzard was cast ― so it was based on Izzard ― or not, depending on whom you believe!).
In the opening episode, Dahlia has just been released from prison, after spending 2 years for theft. They join their family group of travelers, Dahlia steals money from the family, they high-tail it out of camp, get chased by some other travelers, who end up running a car off the road in the process. The people in the RV which causes the accident keep going and never look back. Wayne and Dalia chase the car down the incline to see if they can help.
The two people in the car have been killed in the accident. Wayne and Dahlia find information in the car which shows that the couple are Doug and Cherien Rich, who have apparently just bought a home in a high-income gated community. Wayne and Dahlia take the keys to the home and essentially decide to pull off the ultimate con--to move into the home and take over the Riches' lives.
This sets them up for all sorts of interesting experiences, because Doug Rich is an attorney, Cherien is a dental hygienist and neither Wayne nor Dahlia are well educated period. Somehow Doug manages to pull off (so far) a position in an attorney's office, Dahlia manages to get their children into a ritzy private school.
There are potentials for funny situations, which aren't played for comedy, but taken seriously ― how does a family living in an RV move into the lives of two very wealthy individuals and pull the wool over everyone's eyes.
I wasn't sure how I felt about this show for the first few episodes, but as it has progressed I've become hooked. I enjoy it because it is constantly goes to places you don't expect, asking questions about what is family? What is ethical and not? What is cheating? and whose lifestyle is the one that is the more admirable?
I haven't really followed the stats or reviews of this show, so I don't know what the prediction for its longevity is, but I hope that is finding its audience because over this season, it has really found some depth and it has the kind of plot line that could keep it going for years.
Check it out. It's on Mondays at 10 p.m. on FOX.
Follow-up to yesterday's entry. Rosie has left The View, effective immediately. Her contract had 3 more weeks to run. I don't blame her. I won't be watching The View again (back to Little House at 10 a.m., I guess. LOL.)
But the good news is a bird crapped on GW during his press conference. I always knew there was something I liked about pigeons. (I hear the First Family dined on squab last night.)
PHOTO OF THE DAY
This is entry #2613