But the show's potential was never realized, either creatively or in the ratings. The show always had trouble balancing dark comedy and intense drama, and it strained to make the audience care about the Malloys, who were dealing with the consequences of stealing the American Dream. At the end of its aborted second season, FX had not committed either way to bringing the show back. Well, now we know: Mike Ausiello of EW confirmed yesterday that The Riches has been cancelled.
As AOL Television continues their look at the 50 Best TV Comedies -- Ever with their Top 10, we here at TV Squad are also looking at television comedy, but with a slightly skewed difference. Last week, we took a look at the Saturday Night Live cast members from 1996 to 2006 that made it to the big time. This week, we get a bit more serious.
There are those in the industry who say that it is easier to go from acting in a drama to acting in a comedy than it is the other way around. Yet, as you will see from the list we've compiled after the jump, there are plenty of comedic actors who have jumped from the world of comedy films, stand-up comedy, and television sitcoms into the more serious world of drama. In many cases they have had even greater success than they did on the other side of the tracks. There have even been instances where they stayed in the drama genre and never went back to being funny.
(S02E07) I debated whether or not I should follow that post title up with a "kind of" or an "unfortunately." Because really, it is unfortunate that season two was cut short by the strike. If we were gearing up to watch the next six episodes of season two, this would have been a pivotal episode.
With Dahlia's breakdown, Didi rebelling against her father, and the growing tension between Wayne and Quinn, things are building nicely. As a season finale though, I'm left feeling disappointed. Still, "The Lying King" did offer up some good bits to the story. More on that, after the jump.
(S02E06) Here we are, with the next to last episode of the season, and I found it just a little strange. Perhaps I was reading too much into the fact that there is only one more episode to go. Or, perhaps the strike just did more damage to the flow of the season than I am giving credit for. But this didn't feel like an episode setting us up for a big conclusion/cliff hanger. I'm left thinking there are a whole lot of irons in that fire that need to be dealt with next week. While it wasn't what I expected, there were some very interesting developments in Eden Falls this week.
In an interview with Newsweek.com, Izzard feels that he might want to participate in European Union politics. What's his big issue? "People are very worried about sovereignty and the loss of sovereignty. I think the stakes are if we don't make the European Union work, then the world is screwed. End of story."
(S02E05) Right about now, some of the Malloys should probably be having some second thoughts about returning to Eden Falls. The lure of big money is hard to resist, but it's certainly not going to be easy money. The dark turn to their adventure continues in episode five as we find Dahlia continuing to struggle with her new triple life, Pete causing more trouble for Wayne, and young Cael striking out and getting some story all his own.
That's the situation we have in this episode. Wayne's trying to keep the big deal Hugh brokered alive while Hugh searches for his mojo. Dale is stalking around Panco looking for a job so he can be in on the deal. Only we know that the lummox has some information and a hell of a lot of muscle behind him. And Dahlia is having yet another crisis involving her sense of place in the world. Oh, and then we have the kids: Cael wants out, DiDi wants to fit in, and Sam wonders why there's blood stains on the stairs.
Looks like we're entering the darkest part of the tunnel in this show, aren't we?
What this sets up is, in a lot of ways, a "scam of the week" episode, something we saw a lot of last season. But I get the feeling this might be the last one we see for a while, mainly because the "big scam," which is Hugh's massive development deal, is going to swallow up not only the Malloys, but everyone around them.
I think Dimitry Lipkin realized this, as the abbreviated second season of The Riches brings us a number of seedy characters that are so heinous that it makes the Malloys look like heroes. The season premiere just sets the table for what's to come.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX's spring series Dirt and The Riches will both have shortened second seasons, airing only the seven episodes each series made before running out of scripts. The network is citing economic realities in the decision; I'd imagine rebuilding sets and getting new permits, etc. is a pretty expensive thing to do, especially for a cable network.
- At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then the season finale of Survivor and the reunion show.
- ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos at 7, followed by a new Extreme Makeover.
- NBC has a new Football Night in America, then the Redskins/Giants game.
- There's a new CW Now on The CW at 7.
- Also at 7: Lifetime has the holiday movies Christmas at Water's Edge and A Diva's Christmas Carol.
- At 8, FOX has a new episode of The Simpsons, then a new King of the Hill.
- Nickelodeon has a new Unfabulous at 8.
- BBC America has two Eddie Izzard standup specials starting at 8.
- At 8:30, HGTV has White House Christmas 2007.
- At 9, Nickelodeon has two Christmas episodes of Home Improvement, followed by two Christmas episodes of George Lopez.
- HBO has the series finale of Extras at 9.
- Showtime has a new Dexter at 9.
- At 9:30, FOX has a new American Dad.
- At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new Xavier: Renegade Angel, then a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.
Check your local TV listings for more.
Jon also briefly touched on London's logo for the 2012 Olympics. Crap, that is. Crap. Jon may not be a graphic designer or artist, but I am. And I say that logo is crap. You know what is the most glaring sign that the logo is crap? The animated version of the logo causes seizures. That is bad graphic design.
- Charlie Rose: a conversation about Claude Monet
- The Daily Show: Eddie Izzard
- The Colbert Report: Cullen Murphy
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Amy Sedaris, Jordan Zevon, Chuck Liddell
- Jay Leno: Don Rickles, Josh Flitter, and Dashboard Confessional
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Seth Rogan, Chris Cornell, and Megan Fox
- Tavis Smiley: Bernie Mac
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Marg Helgenberer and Steve Schirippa
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Don Cheadle and Poison
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Oliver Hudson and Grizzly Bear
(S01E13) Well, there you have it. The big finale for the first season of The Riches. The thing that strikes me about the season is how much it was not what I was expecting. What we ended up seeing was very different than what the promotion FX tossed out all those months ago led one to expect. And I think that was a good thing.
This was a much darker show than those voiced over commercials with Wayne and Dahlia walking down the staircase hinted at. The Malloy family has some serious issues. But at the end of the day, they are a family, and that drives everything they do.
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