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What's the Deal with the Channing Tatum, JGL Amazon Series, 'Comrade Detective'?

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 27, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 27, 2017 |

A couple of weeks ago, Amazon kindly sent me screeners for a new series called Comrade Detective, which comes out on Amazon Prime on August 4th. I’d never heard of this show, but I was really excited about the cast: Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Jenny Slate, Nick Offerman, Jason Mantzoukas, Jake Johnson, etc. But then I realized that they were the “voice cast,” and I assumed this was some kind of animated series, and I lost interest, because that’s what I do.

But then I saw the trailer:

And then I was even more confused. Did Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon Levitt find some “classic series,” think it was stupid, campy fun and decide to dub their own voices over it?

No. I mean, that’s the appearance the trailer gives us, but that’s not what’s going on. Rather, Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka — the writing team behind the terrible movie The Sitter and the not so great and quickly cancelled series Animal Practice — actually shot a six-episode series with modern actors (Romanian actors, actually) to make it look like an old-school Romanian series, and then dubbed their voices over it.

Fun idea. And it comes from A24, so I am intrigued, although I’m not sure if I’m intrigued enough to watch a full six episodes of a show based on a clever gimmick. It would need something more than the gimmick to keep me around, and the trailer doesn’t really suggest that there is more.

But I’ll give it a shot, and report back after I’ve watched a few episodes.

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