Surprise Hits and Misses: Dirty Sexy Money
Surprise Hits and Misses: Dirty Sexy Money
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
In BuddyTV's 2007 Fall TV Guide, we scoured the new shows for this year's biggest potential hits and misses. We found the ones that you should be following and which ones will probably get canceled early. The hits include Journeyman, Kid Nation and Dirty Sexy Money while the misses are Samantha Who?, Viva Laughlin, and Nashville.

I'm not sure if Private Practice will be a hit. Sure, it will start off strong, as the Grey's Anatomy viewers will all likely tune in to check it out, but there's a chance that it will be a pale comparison and crap out sooner or later. However, that initial spike should give it's follow-up, ABC's Dirty Sexy Money, a healthy initial boost. And with a stellar cast, clever writing and a strong season-long mystery, I think it may very well catch on with fans.

Dirty Sexy Money centers on a rich New York socialite family named the Darlings. Patriarch Tripp (Donald Sutherland) and domineering mother Letitia (the fabulous Jill Clayburgh) play mother and father to a group of unruly, spoiled bras. When their family lawyer dies under mysterious circumstances, his son Nick (Peter Krause) takes over, though at first he's fearful that the Darlings' obsessive neediness will infect his own family life.

The show plays to the notion that America loves to watch rich people behaving badly. Winning yachts in poker games or having your father finance a Broadway show just to get you an acting gig are not uncommon practices for the Darlings. Not only does America have a fascination with how the other half lives, but lately we've come to expect and enjoy watching them self destruct. We thrive on a hotel heiress going to prison or a young film actress getting busted with cocaine.

That is the exact reason Dirty Sexy Money has the potential to be a big hit, it caters to that desire. Also, it has arguably the best title for a new show in a long time. It's airing against Life, a show with a title so dull, it reminds me of last season's Smith (don't worry if you forgot that existed, so did most people).

Dirty Sexy Money, as a title, makes three very important promises, and it delivers on all accounts. There's plenty of “dirty,” be it a potential senator's illicit (and unconventional) affair, a clergyman's illegitimate progeny, or just simple murder and attempted suicide. It's “sexy,” with the sultry moves of Samaire Armstrong, the wounded, puppy dog eyes of Seth Gabel, or the rugged good looks of Peter Krause. And it's got plenty of money - before hiring Nick George (for a signing bonus of $10 million), Tripp Darling considers getting Bill Clinton to be his family attorney.

It's a delightful, devilish romp with a continuing murder mystery that should easily keep viewers coming back long after they've given up on Addison's new Private Practice, which is why Dirty Sexy Money will be this year's surprise smash hit.

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Read about why we think Journeyman and Kid Nation will be the other surprise hits this year and why we don't think Samantha Who?, Viva Laughlin and Nashville will go far. Comment and tell us what you think.

-John Kubicek, BuddyTV
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