You’ve got to wonder who’s making the decisions over at HBO. This wasn’t a bad show, and I’ll give it another couple of episodes, but it’s also not something I see catching on. As a movie, this would be an indie hit at best, on TV, I don’t see it doing much, and the early viewership figures back that up. The best HBO shows were like the best of '70s Hollywood cinema, accessible, brilliant, mainstream entertainment that makes other so called ‘mainstream’ stuff look embarrassingly bad. Lately, HBO has pushed in a more arty direction, which I respect. It produced John From Cincinnati, which was catching on and growing an audience before its cancellation. That was a masterpiece, and I think it had the potential to one day have wide appeal. This, not so much; it’s just not any fun, and it bothers me that both John and Deadwood died, while this show gets greenlit. It shouldn’t be an either or thing, but looking at HBO’s lineup, it just makes no sense to have let go of either of those shows.
So, I’ll give this another look next week, but for now, I’m not particularly impressed.