FX Continues to Strike It “Rich”

I’ve mentioned it before, but I want to reinforce how incredible FX is. The network, starting relatively slowly, has become a front-runner as one of (if not THE) best cable network available right now. With HBO’s painful decline into the depths of “has been” TV (sorry, Mr. Soprano, David Chase had you “whacked” about two years ago), avid television viewers have been thirsting for another destination to tune in to during the week. FX has answered that calling.

With the unbelievable success of The Shield (Vic, you’ll always be able to kick Jack Bauer’s ass, not matter what anyone says), the network first grabbed my attention. Watching the ongoing saga of Vic Mackey’s strike team, tearing through Los Angelos, handling things in ethical…and not so ethical ways…I became obsessed. In fact, my fiancee and I watched four seasons of The Shield in a little more than 3 months.

When one show runs out of DVDs, what do you do? Find another one to sink your teeth into. On the recommendation of several friends, the fiancee and I decided to give Rescue Me a try. I had always been a Dennis Leary fan, but had trouble getting into this show at first. After 4-5 episodes, I was hooked. Mark FX down for another brilliant victory in the cable TV battle.

Then came the lull following February sweeps, the only shows playing new episodes were 24 and LOST…hardly enough to keep a TV junky at bay. Three weeks ago today, in a desperate search to find a show worth my time, I saw a banner ad for FX’s The Riches. The typically annoying banner ad flashed “SEASON PREMIERE”…I was intrigued…but even more so when I read that the show was starring Eddie Izzard, a tremendously brilliant comedian of whom I am a big fan.

DING DING went the dinner, the DVR light glared red and the fiancee and I sat down to watch the premiere…hardly aware of what we were getting into. This is a brief synopsis of The Riches:

“FX’s new series The Riches (Mondays at 10 pm/ET) stars comic Eddie Izzard as Wayne Malloy, the silver-tongued patriarch of itinerant grifters who appropriate the identity of a dead couple, always living one step away from getting caught.”

Funny, clever and addictive! The Riches is yet another indication of FX’s relentless drive to capture viewers and keep them tuned in. Now only three episodes in, my fiancee and I have made it part of our Monday night ritual and eagerly await each episode. For those of you yearning to see and learn more, have a quick peak at a preview below:

Congrats to FX for another success and we look forward to the rest of this season, as well as the season premiere of The Shield in only a short time!


~ by eastcoastboy on March 26, 2007.

2 Responses to “FX Continues to Strike It “Rich””

  1. You are goddamn right that The Riches rules. But more importantly… about 72 hours until the Shield premiere. I think I just went #1 in my pants a little.

  2. Oh yes….it’s going to be a GREAT day!

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