Sunday, July 09, 2006

Brotherhood debuts tonight

I haven't seen this one yet, but the reviews seem to be mostly kind.

In general, I like the idea of there being another pay cable network in the HBO-style game (of producing high quality series that approach art), but Showtime has been a bit too derivative of HBO in the past, and their shows never seem to display the personal sensibilities that HBO's shows do.

Still, HBO had its big breakthrough with a "crime in the family" show, and this is Showtime's take on that genre.

Here are three different takes from three critics on three ends of the spectrum.

Frazier Moore of the AP calls it a masterpiece.

Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle says the show isn't quite there yet, but it shows promise, and the acting is tremendous.

And Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune finds it rather boring.

If you have Showtime and you check it out tonight, let me know what you think.

1 comment:

Lee said...

It was good. Not The Wire good, but certainly promising, on the basis of one episode. The only thing that stopped it from really taking off and joining the likes of HBO's great shows was the almost oppressive lack of humour. I hope it cheers up a bit soon, though maybe I'm asking the wrong thing of a show that uses The Tindersticks for the theme tune.