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.Powered by Sidelines