Matt Roush

Playing It Cool Isaak's Groove of Rock 'n' Drollery

Like a handsome postmodern Elvis in his sequined outfits and upswept hair, rock troubadour Chris Isaak projects a refreshingly funky aura of homespun, eternally boyish glamour. I can't imagine anyone else who could get away with a come-on line like, "I made some fresh Tang."

If Showtime's delightfully offbeat, fabulously hip The Chris Isaak Show (Mondays, 10 pm/ET) catches on, it could be the best thing to happen to the orange drink since NASA's Apollo program.

And while Isaak seems to be a throwback to an earlier era ? his unaffected randiness would have fit right in with the carefree Rat Pack ? The Chris Isaak Show is very much an ironic product of its times.

The show owes a creative debt to HBO's The Larry Sanders Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm, yet is more fanciful than either of those cynical Hollywood satires. Isaak's series blurs the line between edgy showbiz realism ? with amusing cameos by th read more

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