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TV Tonight: Dirt


As has now been pretty well documented, I didn't make it all the way through the first season of Dirt. That's the bad news. The good news is, when I say I really enjoyed the first episode of the new season, it really means something.

Lucy (played, of course, by Courteney Cox, who I recently interviewed) is back after being stabbed at the conclusion of the first season. Don is getting his schizophrenia under control. And there's a host of new characters entering the Dirt atmosphere to make things interesting. Here are the top five things that worked for me in tonight's premiere:

  1. Lucy is back — and she has a reason to be a little nice sometimes, or at least a little more conflicted about what she's doing. After all, it got her stabbed. She's still tough, and she'll still do anything for a picture, but now she's seen the dangers of it close up, which I think makes her a more interesting character.
  2. Don is a little less crazy. He's on medication for his schizophrenia, which means fewer faux-artsy visions — though, at least
    in the first episode, he still talks to his cat.
  3. Farber Kaufman. This new character, played by Ryan Eggold, is my favorite of the new additions — both because of his journalism-golden-boy-gone-to-the-dark-side story and his flirty relationship with Willa.
  4. The ripped-from-the-headlines plot lines are an improvement, as far as I'm concerned — including one that introduces the recurring character of a starlet who seems like Paris, Britney, and Lindsay all rolled into one teeny blond body.
  5. A character points out that Don Konkey's name sounds like "Donkey Kong." It's a little thing, sure, but it immediately made me like the show about three degrees more.

Dirt premieres tonight at 10 p.m. To check out a preview and a clip from the first episode, just

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Photo courtesy of FX

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Milan1 Milan1 9 years
I watched it last night and it was so good exactly what my Sunday night has been missing! Lucy is back and better than ever, she was on top of it all. I forgot how much I missed Don he was great last night just great!
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
I tried watching this tonight and it made me remember why I don't watch Tony Scott's movies. I was so motion-sick after the first ten minutes that I changed the channel. Ah well.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
I didn't watch season 1 but I think I might try this out tonight!
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
I didn't watch the first season, but i'm kinda interested...is it the kind of show that you can pick up in the second season or will I be lost?
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Loved the second clip. Like you, Buzz, I gave up on Dirt last season but I'll give dirt another try.
yaliyah yaliyah 9 years
can't wait
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