Wednesday, June 24, 2009
A drama I might actually watch: The Philanthropist
Premiering tonight on NBC, The Philanthropist may just be the first new drama I'll tune into for a long time. For the most part, major network dramas bore the hell out of me. But I like this lead, I like the concept, and I like that they actually shot in real locations instead of greenscreening Sky Captian and the World of Make Believe for 2 and a half hours. We all know how well that went.
To top tonight's premiere off, a cube-mate of mine has been involved with this show since it's conception, and I'd love to see the show go 20 years so he stays employed! After all, NBC could use a hit, and those of us pressing against the glass ceiling could use a break every now and again.
So make sure you tune in tonight, 10 PM EST / 9 PM CST on NBC. Here's some glowing press to get your dvr's a jigglin':
Entertainment Weekly, June 26, 2009
“A pleasant surprise"
“‘The Philanthropist’ has a bristling intelligence that overcomes the sentimental parts of Teddy’s life.”
TV Guide, June 25, 2009
“Hard to imagine a more debonair leading man than the charming James Purefoy (‘Rome’) in the title role of megamogul man-about-globe Teddy Rist.”
New York Post, June 21, 2009
“The premiere episode is engaging and…unlike most anything you’ll see on a broadcast network…”
Slant Magazine, June 17, 2009
“NBC has found the diamond in the rough it’s been searching for: a show with limitless potential, exploring all that humanity has to offer with a slight bent of thrill-seeking action and social responsibility.”
“ ‘The Philanthropist’ proves compassionate and insightful, never didactic, and heartily entrenching.”