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TV Review: Knights of Prosperity

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I'm already begging you to check out ABC's new show Knights of Prosperity because it's probably going to be in trouble pretty quickly. My record of falling in love with great comedies that the masses won't watch, for whatever damned stupid reason, is practically infallible, so it's inevitable that Knights of Prosperity is doomed from the start. Because I do love it.

First off, it's got Donal Logue. He won me over as the endearing loser at the heart of The Tao Of Steve, but most of us know him from the series Grounded For Life (can't say I ever watched it). He's just one of those actors you can't help but love. Here he plays Eugene, a down on his luck janitor who decides to change the direction of his life after one of his coworkers dies on the job while cleaning toilets with him.

When he's turned down for a loan to start his own business because he has no savings and no education, he hatches a scheme while sulking at home in his tub. Watching a frothy E! channel piece about Mick Jagger's excessive home located nearby, he decides that Mick can stand to do without some of his money. He recruits a jumbled ensemble of friends to help him with the task. This plot gave the show its original name: "Let's Rob Mick Jagger."

Thankfully lacking a laugh-track, the show works because it's cut almost like an indie film. In places it reminded me of Office Space's comic timing. It throws in some between-scene jumps to little choreographed moments of the Knights walking in their cheap screen-printed t-shirts.

The show is also gifted with subtle comic writing. This is shown in moments such as when the group is discussing their name. Rockefeller Butts (Kevin Michael Richardson) suggests "Batman." His suggestion is shot down with a simple, "Maybe we could try something plural." The show is peppered with dialogue like this and if you're not paying attention it slips past quickly – which is why most of the audience will probably tune out before truly giving it a chance.

Unfortunately, the show's likely fate is more due to scheduling than just viewers. Its time slot on Wednesday nights puts it right up against CBS' hit Criminal Minds. But it can be saved. Stranger things have happened. Perhaps getting the word out early can get some of you to check it out now, rather than in a few months when its fate is all but decided.  Or worse, when it's already been canned. Give it a chance now – it's more than worth it.

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  • Dynamo of Eternia

    I watched the premiere and found it to be pretty funny. It seemed to lack a little something, IMO, but it was still pretty good.

    My problem with it isn’t in the quality of the writing, however.

    Even if this show grows to be the funniest thing on TV, and even if it gains a tremendously huge audience, I just can’t see it keeping the pace much beyond one season, MAYBE two if it is lucky.

    The problem is that the show is dependant on these guys stealing from a bunch of different celebrities, from what I gather. Obviously Mick Jagger is their first target and they still have to complete that mission.

    But really, how many celebrities can they steal from before they would get caught or end up with enough money and wealth to make their dreams come true and just give up stealing from the celebs as to not put further risk into getting caught?

    I really can’t see this show lasting without the premise having to change and/or evolve in some way beyond what they seem to have it be right now.

    That’s the problem with some TV shows that I’ve noticed. Not only do they have the typcial uphill battle that most new shows have of having to advertise the show and position it to gain as much of an audience as possible… but, they create and entirely new unecessary uphill battle by making these shows in such a way with an ongoing plotline/premise that will be difficult to carry on in a long term manner should the show actually survive past those formentioned typical uphill battles.

    By no means am I trying to trash this show, and I will most likely tune into it again this week. But, I just don’t see how it will last in future seasons even if it becomes a hit by some miracle. I can see it easily losing steam at some point in the not extremely distant future, thus losing much of it’s audience that it may initially gain if people do tune in.

    It just seems like it’s damned if it does and it’s damned if it doesn’t.

  • Dynamo of Eternia

    I watched the premiere and found it to be pretty funny. It seemed to lack a little something, IMO, but it was still pretty good.

    My problem with it isn’t in the quality of the writing, however.

    Even if this show grows to be the funniest thing on TV, and even if it gains a tremendously huge audience, I just can’t see it keeping the pace much beyond one season, MAYBE two if it is lucky.

    The problem is that the show is dependant on these guys stealing from a bunch of different celebrities, from what I gather. Obviously Mick Jagger is their first target and they still have to complete that mission.

    But really, how many celebrities can they steal from before they would get caught or end up with enough money and wealth to make their dreams come true and just give up stealing from the celebs as to not put further risk into getting caught?

    I really can’t see this show lasting without the premise having to change and/or evolve in some way beyond what they seem to have it be right now.

    That’s the problem with some TV shows that I’ve noticed. Not only do they have the typcial uphill battle that most new shows have of having to advertise the show and position it to gain as much of an audience as possible… but, they create and entirely new unecessary uphill battle by making these shows in such a way with an ongoing plotline/premise that will be difficult to carry on in a long term manner should the show actually survive past those formentioned typical uphill battles.

    By no means am I trying to trash this show, and I will most likely tune into it again this week. But, I just don’t see how it will last in future seasons even if it becomes a hit by some miracle. I can see it easily losing steam at some point in the not extremely distant future, thus losing much of it’s audience that it may initially gain if people do tune in.

    It just seems like it’s damned if it does and it’s damned if it doesn’t.