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TV Tonight: "The Riches"

TV Tonight: "The Riches"

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.

Photo courtesy of FX

vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
I do love this show! Eddie Izzard is my favorite comedian to date and Minnie does a wonderful job. Although, the accents were hard to ingest at first. Between this and Dirt I am a happy lady
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
I loved it..very dark comedy/drama, but not as over the top hard to swallow as Dirrt. Love the chemistry btw Eddie and Minnie. And this seems like a character that Izzard was born to play. If this lasts the season he should be nominated for an Emmy or a Golden Globe.
bugness bugness 10 years
I LOVED this. Very nice, FX. -Bug
KMG13 KMG13 10 years
I am a huge Eddie fan, and so I had high hopes for this show. I have to say I was dissapointed. First, the show was listed as "comedy" which it was not. I hardly expected Eddie Izzard at his stand-up best, but I expected much more laughter and a lot less "Twin Peaks." Next, I am apparently expected to believe that the two dead people have no friends or family that will come looking for them? Seriously? Lastly, if I am expected to believe that they will come looking, then I am also expected to go through 16 weeks or so of stress each episode as I have to deal w/will they-won't they be caught. I don't mind that suspense at all, as long as it ebbs and flows a bit. If every week I have to bite my nails, I'll get bored. I will try again next week, but as of this moment I am sad to say it was not at all what I had hoped. Still love Eddie Izzard though--he's brilliant!!
joytothehurled joytothehurled 10 years
The world needs more Eddie. I'll take all the Izzard I can get.
popjunky77 popjunky77 10 years
Definitely intrigued...any new material FX airs is worth your 60 mins (43 if you have Tivo)
mrsjacki mrsjacki 10 years
It looks really good..... Jacki _______________________________________________________________ Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for a federal anti-smoking campaign Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.
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