My last entry was going to be about what’s new and good on the idiot box, but I was distracted by
shiny things Beastmaster General, Marc Singer.
There are a couple of shows I’m watching (when I can) that are genuinely worth a gander. The first is Allen Gregory.
This show works because the main character is truly an asshole. Not a pull-your-punches asshole or secretly-kinda-nice asshole but an actual over-privileged spoiled brat pretentious creepily precocious asshole. And he’s really, really funny. Yes, occasionally he has moments of “Ok, I guess I have to root for him now” humanity, but really he is just an insufferable little jerk. THAT. IS. FUNNY.
Also worth a look is “American Horror Story.” The first episode I saw left me kind of cold, even though it was genuinely scary. It seemed too busy, too cacophonous, like each scene was trying to out-creep the scene before it. I was also convinced that it was going to suffer from what I like to call “X-Files Syndrome,” wherein a show throws out a bunch of really neat, intriguing teasers, subplots that you think will be picked up and resolved at some point, only to have them dropped like a hot potato. I was happy to learn that this show actually follows through–at a shockingly fast rate–on its promises. There are no dropped storylines. Things are explained. Things are followed up on. It’s really refreshing. And, oh yeah, the show is fun, creepy, dark, fast-paced and satisfying to watch. Every episode has had more than one “NO WAY!” reveal and/or plot twist. I’m incredibly impressed.