Dirty Sexy Money
a lawyer looks after the members of a rich spoiled family
Type of Pilot: Soap Opera; Comedy-Drama
Similar Shows: Brothers & Sisters (soap about siblings...), Dynasty (...who are very rich and very naughty)
Strengths: Cast, particularly Glenn Fitzgerald & Peter Krause (who's in every scene).
Weaknesses: Seen it all before.
Impressive Characters: Brian Darling, the aggressive reverend played by Glenn Fitzgerald, is great fun. He cheats on his wife (Obviously. This is an ABC Soap, after all.), he hurls verbal abuse in public, and he's willing to fist-fight when he has to. Hilarious. If this was a show about him, it would be on my Must-Watch list.
Impressive Actors: Glenn Fitzgerald stole the show for me. Peter Krause is good, too. But I wish he was doing Lost Room Season Two instead of this. Finally, Donald Sutherland adds gravitas as the patriarch of the clan. His conversations with Krause are another high-point of the pilot.
Less-Than-Impressive Characters: Most of them. The hero's wife (played by Zoe McLellan) is a non-entity. So is the mother of the family (played by Jill Clayburgh). The pilot suffers from trying to tell us something interesting about each member of the family. It's a lot to cram into 44 minutes. Future episodes may give everyone a chance to shine.
Less-Than-Impressive Actors: "The pilot suffers from trying to tell us something interesting about each member of the family. It's a lot to cram into 44 minutes. Future episodes may give everyone a chance to shine." Jill Clayburgh (as the mother) is a much better actress than this pilot would indicate. William Baldwin, likewise, will probably deliver some great work in future episodes.
Continuity: There will probably be a lot of continuity.
Rewatchability: None. Although, I would rewatch the Glenn Fitzgerald scenes for a laugh. Very funny.
Other Info: Airs directly after Private Practice, and up against CSI:NY & Life.
Three Things I Really Like About This Pilot:
Three Things I Really Don't Like About This Pilot:
The boring characters.
The use of the exact same "I slept with a transvestite" subplot used on Big Shots and 30 Rock. (At least 30 Rock made it funny.)
Zoe McLellan's character.
Another slick ABC soap opera about rich people. To be fair, you probably need to see a few episodes to get a flavour for the whole ensemble, and what the show will ultimately be about. So far, I've only seen the pilot.