Premiere Date and Time
: Thursday, September 26, 10pm
Time Slot Competition
, CSI: New York
: Peter Krause
, Donald Sutherland
, Jill Clayburgh
, Glenn Fitzgerald
, Natalie Zea
, Samaire Armstrong
, Seth Gabel
, William Baldwin
, Zoe McLellan
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Viewers love to watch rich people behaving badly. Though some may compare Dirty Sexy Money
, ABC's wonderfully titled new drama, to Dynasty
, it's actually closer, believe it or not, to the great FOX comedy Arrested Development
. The Darling family is a clan of highly dysfunctional people with their own absurd individual problems, and a level-headed family man enters the fray in order to try to organize their chaos. Except for the fact that this is an hour-long drama, it's almost exactly like Arrested Development
Dirty Sexy Money
stars Peter Krause (Sports Night
, Six Feet Under
) as Nick George, a lawyer whose father, also a lawyer, worked for the socialite Darling family, often to the neglect of his own son. When Nick's father dies under mysterious circumstances, patriarch Tripp Darling (Donald Sutherland) hires Nick to take over for his father. Though Nick has concerns about turning into his father and losing touch with his own family, Tripp proves his wealth by offering him $10 million as a signing bonus. Try saying no to that.
The ironically named Darling family has plenty of drama for Nick to deal with. Brian (Glenn Fitzgerald) is a priest trying to get his illegitimate son into an exclusive private school. Karen (Natalie Zea) is about to start her fourth marriage, though she still has feelings for Nick. Patrick (William Baldwin) is a high profile D.A. considering a run for the Senate, though he has some personal baggage, and his baggage has baggage of its own. The babies of the family are Juliet (Samaire Armstrong from The O.C.
), a vapid actress and Jeremy (Seth Gabel), the requisite bad boy who wins boats in poker games at Ethan Hawke's house. The matriarch, Letitita (Jill Clayburgh), is cut from the same mold as all domineering socialite mothers (see: Jessica Walter
in Arrested Development
, Kelly Bishop
in Gilmore Girls
). Naturally, she has secrets of her own as well.
The highlight of Dirty Sexy Money
could be the way it combines the dysfunctional family element of Arrested Development
with the long-term mystery arc of something like the first season of Veronica Mars
. The more Nick learns about his dead father, the more he suspects foul play, and it becomes clear he will spend most if not all of the season trying to determine what happened. By the end of the pilot, it's obvious that every single member of the Darling family would make a viable suspect.
The stellar cast, intriguing plot and the plum time slot (right after the fall's one sure bet, the Grey's Anatomy
spin-off Private Practice
) all bode well for this dramatic yet quirky drama.
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-John Kubicek, BuddyTV
(Photo courtesy of ABC)