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"The Riches" / The TV Whore
Mar. 14, 2007

TV Reviews | March 14, 2007 | Comments ()


OK, so folks have been slamming me with inquiries/demands about a review of “The Riches.”

Jesus Christ, people! I’ve already written over 13,000 words for Pajiba this week (including my “Andy Barker, P.I.” review coming tomorrow morning), and you want more from me? There’s only so much writing I can do in one week.

So, no, I will not be doing a full review of “The Riches.” But if it will shut y’all up, here’s a fast mini-review. Enjoy:

I’ve only seen the first episode of the show, but I liked it well enough. Izzard is great as always, although his American accent needs a little work (it’s not that the accent, itself, is so bad, but I found his real accent sometimes bleeding through a little). Minnie Driver is also quite good, but she’s got even more accent issues (not sure who thought it was a good idea to get a British actress to do a Southern accent, but the end result is that her accent is kind of all over the place). The actors playing the kids are good enough, although the older son is a bit too much of the typical angry teen for my tastes.
As for the story, it’s something quite different, which I applaud, and at first blush it’s pretty interesting. But I’m concerned about whether this is something that will be able to hold up over the long haul. The attempts to keep their cover could easily get cold quite fast, so they’re going to have to bring some other things to the table (and I’m not talking about Minnie fighting her H addiction, which was the one aspect of the premiere that I quite did not like). But I’m still tuning in for now, as there is certainly some real potential there.

That’s it. That’s what you’re getting. Now go home, the review’s over.


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Seth Freilich is Pajiba’s television columnist. He’s going to blame each and every one of you Pajiba readers when he gets full-blown carpal tunnel syndrome.


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