Last night I went to premieres of my two favorite shows! They were very different; one on the Paramount lot (all swish and delish), the other at Hollywood Billiards (all ghetto and gritty).
THE COMEBACK – HBO (Paramount lot)
Mountains of expensive tasty food. For dessert, they had cupcakes! Cupcakes are the new truffles!
Apparently, one of Lisa Kudrow’s character’s habits, was inspired by something another (real) TV star actually does when meeting powerful executives. That’s all i can say.
Kudrow’s performance is heart-aching. If it weren’t so funny, it would kill you. Be on the lookout for her quiet moments. The camera lingers and you have no choice but to experience the pathetic desperation of her character’s delusional mind. But that’s just the beginning; her character’s madness, like that of so many out here in Hollywood, is so perfectly packaged, we find ourselves confusing her insanity for mere character flaws. We are genuinely rooting for her. For some, the entire conceit may feel too “insidery,” but to me it’s flat-out subversiveness. And it’s not just Lisa’s performance, it’s the entire show! It’s a full-throttle attack on the wonderful world of television – and what could be more subversive than one of TV’s biggest icons leading the way! That’s what “friends” are for!
SPORTS KIDS MOMS & DADS – BRAVO (Hollywood Billiards)
No food, just beer!
Who is sleeping with who at World of Wonder. My lips are sealed!
OK, full disclosure, this is a WOW show, okay, there, I said it. But c’mon, I can be objective! It’s amazing. Don’t let the concept mislead you, this is not superficial trainwreck TV. There is a depth to this series that will catch many off guard. It’s a genuine evolution of the “moms & dads” brand into fresh new territory. Be prepared.
As I drove home, I realized that these two shows have something in common that attracts me to them. In very different ways they both struggle to confront truths, to go beyond the black-and-white reality that is ironically a result of the gazillion-channel super-saturated televisual world we now live in.
– Randy Barbato