The Riches: Season 1 coutesy 20th Century Fox
In this compelling, oddball dramedy, a family of traveling grifters stumbles onto a way to change their lives (by less than legal means) and become "the Riches," settling down for a bit to see how the other half lives. What Dahlia Malloy (Minnie Driver, who received a Golden Globe nod for the role) and her husband, Wayne (the hilarious Eddie Izzard) discover is that living on the straight and narrow is not as easy as they might have thought. The first season's 13 episodes appear on four discs, with audio commentaries from Izzard and the show's creator, Dmitry Lipkin, as well as a gag reel (yay!) and a couple of other features. Nina Hämmerling Smith Buy The Riches: Season One on Amazon.com.
My So-Called Life courtesy Shout! Factory
Shout Factory! is auctioning off a My So-Called Life six-DVD deluxe boxed set autographed by cast members Claire Danes, Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Devon Gummersall, Tom Irwin, A.J. Langer, Devon Odessa and Lisa Wilhoit, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to DonorsChoose.org. Go to eBay for deets.... The 2008 CMT Music Awards will be held April 14.... DVD releases have been set for The Riches: Season 1 (Jan. 8) and Mrs. Doubtfire: Behind-the-Seams Special Edition (March 4).
Kiefer Sutherland by Kelsey McNeal/Fox
The relentless wildfires ravaging Southern California have forced the evacuation of some 250,000 residents as well as singed the productions of several TV series. According to the Reporter, 24 had to rejigger a plan to film Kiefer Sutherland at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro when cast and crew became overwhelmed by drifting smoke. (This truly is not Jack Bauer's best day.) Similarly, Cold Case had to rethink a location shoot when strong winds blew over a set, and ABC's Big Shots scrapped a cycling sequence in Malibu. FX's The Riches had to make alternate plans when sheriff's deputies working traffic control at a Santa Clarita shoot were pulled to, like, save lives instead, while NCIS needed to replace crew members who stayed at home to ward off the flames.Related: Dancing Star Jane Seymour Fears Malibu Fires
Rose Byrne in Damages by Barbara Nitke/FX
This Saturday, FX is running the entire first season (up to now) of its legal thriller Damages as an all-day marathon, which means theoretically there will be viewers who will get to experience this show the way it might work best: as a rock em, sock em miniseries, compounding all of the storys elaborate and sometimes preposterous shocks and twists into a roller-coaster ride that doesnt require waiting a week between chapters.The ratings have been, even by cable standards, a disappointment, and as I write this, FX had yet to confirm a second-season renewal (although as Ive said before, any network that would keep Dirt and The Riches going and fail to renew this gritty gem has some explaining to do). Ive wondered if the shows elaborately serialized structure, with an entire season built around a single case and its murderous fallout, may have kept viewers away (shades of ABCs short-lived Murder One).The brutality and darkness of Damages...
Question: I was wondering if you could give us any scoop on The Riches.
Answer: They're adding a major recurring role in Season 2 — one Eamon Quinn, a murdering poet who, after getting sprung from prison, seeks to reclaim his position as the leader of the Irish Travelers.
Question: Big fan of your stuff, keep up the good work. A quick question about The Shield: I am aware that next year's final season will consist of 13 episodes, but do you happen to know when the season will begin? I assume it will follow the trend of past years and begin in March. Have you heard anything to the contrary?
Answer: No set date announced yet, but I would think either January or March/April is likely, depending on how FX juggles its other assets in those months, including the not-as-highly anticipated returns of Dirt and The Riches. The final season is set for early '08, regardless, and I'm counting the days as well ...
Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh by Prashant Gupta/FX
Just when you thought you'd had your fill of those over-the-top plastic surgeons on FX's Nip/Tuck, they've shaken things up and moved those hot docs Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) and Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) to the world capital of face-lifts and body augmentation, Los Angeles, for the fifth season. (The first of 22 new episodes will premiere in October; it hasn't yet been determined how this season will be broken up.)Series creator Ryan Murphy took the stage Thursday at a Television Critics Association panel in Beverly Hills to describe the new season, and he and the rest of the cast certainly sold me including Joely Richardson, back after taking a personal hiatus for part of last season; John Hensley and Kelly Carlson as newlyweds Matt and Kimber; and Roma Maffia as nurse Liz, whose character travels West after being offered double her previous salary. (The core cast will be reassembled in L.A. over the first three or four episodes, Murphy says.)Guest stars will includ...
Army Wives debuted to 3.5 million total viewers on Sunday, making it the most-watched series premiere in Lifetime's 23-year history. The penultimate episode of The Sopranos drew eight million, a 300,000 week-to-week bump and the series' second-most-watched episode of the year. The MTV Movie Awards (3.6 mil) were up 13 percent versus last year. Some 4.7 million feasted on the Season 3 premiere of The Next Food Network Star, making it the cabler's best-performing premiere ever. The Riches' season finale audience (1.8 mil) represented a 54 percent drop from the series opener. CBS Evening News averaged 5.5 mil last week, its lowest draw since at least 1987.
Minnie Driver, The Riches
As Louisiana fireball Dahlia Malloy, Minnie Driver offers a beguiling mix of grace, grit and good old-fashioned star power to FX's The Riches (Mondays at 10 pm/ET). The native Brit chatted with us recently about the show.
TV Guide: How does Dahlia juggle it all, being a wife, mother, con artist, addict?Minnie Driver: I don't think it's a conscious thing. Dahlia doesn't want to go back to jail and that's the best incentive that she has. That's what she brings to her day, a desire to stay out of jail, to stay alive and to stay with her family.
TV Guide: Do you think you'd make a good con artist? Driver: No, no. I'm a horrible liar.
TV Guide: For a Brit, you do a terrific Dixie accent. How did you learn it? Driver: I had a couple of sessions with a dialect coach, and
FX has ordered second seasons of both Dirt and The Riches, "two highly original series that have resonated with our audience as strongly as The Shield and Rescue Me," says the cabler's president and general manager. Speaking of Tommy Gavin, FX also announced that Rescue Me will reclaim its original Wednesdays-at-10 time slot when it kicks off its new season on June 13.Also, a July 24 premiere has been set for Glenn Close's Damages; Season 3 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia arrives in early September; Nip/Tuck braves L.A. in the fall; and 30 Days continues in late 2007.