Debbie Does Dallas ... Again: Pilot (series premiere)
(S01E01) Obviously since I'm writing about this show, there's no hiding the fact that I watched it. On a Friday night. At 11 PM. Alone. Unfortunately my wife had no interest. Go figure.
I'll break down the premise to you quickly. There's a bunch of girls having sex with guys, each other and themselves. There's lots of nakedness, frolicking and furburgers. The end.
OK, maybe that wasn't all that fair; there weren't many furburgers.
Debbie Does Dallas ... Again is a reality show of sorts, where we're seeing the inner workings of what it takes to remake a "cult classic" pornography movie, Debbie Does Dallas. The auditions, the casting, the filming, and whatever else goes into the whole process.
I was actually once interested in checking out Family Business when it was on the air a few years back, but I never had the time and I think, back then, I didn't subscribe to Showtime. Debbie Does Dallas ... Again seems to be a step in the other direction of reality TV, closing in more of the competition factor rather than the sneak-peek into how the porn industry works. Think of Family Business as The Osbornes of port reality and DDDA as something like the Project Greenlight.
I never caught the original version of this -- hell I was six or seven years old when it first came out. Besides, my first glimpse at porn was some high school kid's porn stash hidden in a treehouse in the woods. The directors of this remake comes right out and admits the original was crap (well not those words, but pretty miuch), while at the same time he wants to preserve the feel of the original. Artistic integrity at its finest right there.
There was something completely creepy about seeing Vivid's Steven Hirsch's daughter's picture behind his desk. Can you imagine some of the meetings in that room? "So when you're in the locker room, we need you to let each of the five football players finish in your ... oh you like this picture of my daughter? How cute is she, huh? Apple of her father's eye, she is." Shiver.
So, is the show worth watching? If you're up for seeing the behind the scenes aspects of shooting porn scenes, including some safe-for-cable sex scenes (I don't think I need to spell that out) for a compact half-hour, sure it is. In other words, of course it is.