The Insider is a new crime drama that tries to take its tone from beyond TV; the initial episode seemed to fall somewhere between Silence of the Lambs and Se7en in an attempt at a relentlessly dark texture. The focus is an FBI team focused on mass murderers, always a chipper subject, and they are setting up for some intrigue within the group, in addition to the murderous monster of the episode.
The team behind this has some good links for going beyond the episode-by-episode concerns; both Tim Minear and Jane Espenson from Joss Whedon’s Mutant Enemy productions (plus one member of the Firefly cast in front of the camera). But at least as of the first one, there’s no visible indication of any fun (intended or otherwise) to be had in this series, and fun underlies even the darkest stuff in the Mutant Enemy work.
I’ll still watch some more of this; at the very least, I’ll try catching the episode that features the comic book art of my pal (and occasional collaborator) Tone Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, the summer season is quite dull. At least next week we start getting new episodes of Rescue Me. But in general, the things that I thought I might catch in reruns aren’t around any more, and there’s not much to comment on. Let’s see…. I was surprised to see what a traditional awards-show monologue came out of Jimmy Fallon at the MTV Video Awards. It was nice to see that Ally Sheedy is still a spirited-looking pretty gal. Watched an episode of Beauty and the Geek (the Lovely Lara’s choice; she was curious). Surprised me a little to see that it’s game show rather than dating show. Not particularly a compelling one, despite the presence of some rather pretty ladies. Still, while it’s not a show I’ll likely watch again, it’s one that I wouldn’t mind having been on back in the day (although I suspect that by the time I was of age, I was too romantically experienced to quite qualify as a geek for their needs, although believe me I was quite a geek.) (And still am, mind you. Not trying to distance myself form the geekhood.)
At the moment, I’m watching the Breaking News on CNN about the Jackson verdict. For the past hour, the breaking news has been that there will be news. That’s really what I’m watching for; to laugh at a network trying to cover nothing happening. “They’re driving in their SUVs to the courthouse!” Can’t say that I care about the verdict one way or another. So as they announce the jury is seated, I’ll post this.