Skin, Monday night’s new Fox drama about the conflict between a superstar porn producer and a district attourney, had been getting a lot of good comment from all those legit reviewers who get to see things ahead of time. Having seen the first episode, it certainly is watchable. Ron Silver has long been a good choice to do a little scenery chewing on TV drama, and the central storyline about the children of the two families falling in love is fun to watch.
But it’s pretty clear that at best this is going to be a guilty-pleasure series. The handling of all sides, of the porn king and the politician who wants to take him down, is so over the top that I can’t invest myself in it as any reflection of reality or exploration of real issues. (Just as well, because if it were exploring reality, I come down on the side of the porn producer as a freedom thing quite quickly.) And despite the prurient topic, there were only a couple moments that serve as cheap thrills for the hetrosexual male; far less than one will find in, say, Las Vegas or even Karen Sisco.
So this one will get a couple viewings, but it’s not on my gotta-not-miss list.