Ask me to name you a comedy genius, and one of the first names I'd offer is Eddie Izzard. I've been laughing at his standup specials for years, and I'm eager to see him try some darker material in his new FX show, "The Riches," which premieres tonight at 10 p.m.
Here's the story, in brief: Wayne Malloy (Izzard) and his wife Dahlia (Minnie Driver) lead a family of con artists who travel the country on the margins of society, proud not to have a permanent home. But then a fluke car accident kills Doug and Cherien Rich and leaves the Malloys with the keys to their new house, giving the Malloys a shot at the mansion, the good schools, the pricey televisions, and all the other markers of the American Dream. It's an interesting premise, but I'm nervous about a few things, so to hear more — and to see a preview with interviews with Izzard and Driver —
Despite the cool story, I have a few reservations: In the clips I've seen, Minnie Driver's attempt at a Southern accent makes me cringe. And I hate that the family's last name is Rich; when writers do that kind of obvious wordplay (see also: "The Wedding Bells") I just want to grab them by the shoulders and say, "We get it."
The reviews from critics who have seen the premiere episode are clearly divided into love it or hate it. Still, I'll be setting my TiVo for tonight and giving the show a chance. Check out the preview and let me know what you think.
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