Between wrapping gifts, sending out cards and catching up on some screeners, I cleared out my Tivo Now Showing menu the other day. I watched everything on there — “ER,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and an episode of “Inside the Actors Studio” — but when it came to “Dirty Sexy Money,” I sat through 10 minutes, hit the delete button and canceled the Season Pass.
I don’t cancel Season Passes lightly, not without much inner discussion and debate. And while there were several elements of the show I enjoyed — most anything to do with Peter Krause, and pros Donald Sutherland and Jill Clayburgh — I couldn’t get past the annoying twins, Karen (Natalie Zea) and her constant assault on Krause’s marriage and most of the Billy Baldwin scenario.
Nothing against the actors, of course, but the characters were so grating at times, I had to ask myself if it was worth the time and energy, when I could — aghast!! — actually do something more productive with limited down time, such as reading a book or spending a few quality moments with my teenage daughter.
As for the rest of the broadcast shows that have launched this fall, they’ve been mostly duds, except for two. Despite the look of bewilderment among a few of my Variety colleagues, I remained devoted to “Life,” where Damian Lewis is the season’s breakout star, and “The Big Bang Theory,” which continues to make me laugh on a weekly basis, thanks to not only leads Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, but the supporting nerds as well.
— Stuart Levine