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By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | February 4, 2009 |


Last week, in one of our Seriously Random Lists, I opined that “Deadwood’s” Ian McShane is a guy that should probably stick to the small screen where his talents can be truly appreciated (although, he’d be better suited to pay cable), on account of the fact that he hasn’t exactly gotten plumb movie roles. Little did I know that he’s actually got a series on tap, “Kings,” debuting on NBC in March.

And while I applaud NBC for getting Ian McShane some work, I’m not so keen on the drama he’s been cast in. The idea is kind of absurd, in fact: “A modern-day soap about a hero who rises to become the King of his nation, based on the biblical story of King David.” A modern-day King?

The show takes place in an alternate world in a made-up country. What does that mean? I dunno, but don’t ask Ian McShane what it means, as one critic attempted to do. He gets a little hooplehead Bale-y:

“We’re not making any sense? Is that what drama’s about? Isn’t drama — excuse me - for your ignorant remark. Isn’t drama — based on the fact — we’re not making any sense? What the hell kind of question? You ask a question. You want an answer or not? The world — drama is built on the greatest novel written by 50 people ever. If you can’t get a good story from that, you can’t. What do you expect, it all spelled out for you now? That you should know what kind of pop culture of we’re going to refer to Britney Spears’ new child?”

God bless Ian McShane. That’s a minor freak-out I can appreciate. The show: Not so much. Here’s the promo:

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If I Bleat when I Speak it's Because I Just Got F**kin' Fleeced

... and pu**y's half price for the next 15 minutes / Dustin Rowles

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