This time you’ve gone too far, Monica

Posted by Dan January 3rd, 2007 at 12:24pm In Dirt General

Update: Looks like Maggie and I are sharing a brain today.  And we even used the same Google Image search terms.

That show Dirt was on FX tonight.  And, although it had the potential to be really, really bad or really, really good, it was merely 'eh.'  On a scale from Gilbert Gottfried to Jake Gyllenhaal, it was maybe a Freddie Prinze Jr.  

curr-dirt.jpgNotably, this was the first show I've ever seen on FX, although apparently The Commish 2.0 is quite good. 

If you've seen the previews (and how could you not, recently?), you know the deal.  Courteney Cox is a cut-throat tabloid editor who wants to know who's sexin' who, who's gay, who's a coke whore, blah, blah.  She's backed up by a faithful schizophrenic photographer, her douchey boss and a few dozen worker drones who write zingy captions.

Throughout the whole show, you get the feeling the entire point of this show is to make you feel bad for reading Us Weekly.  It's like there's some sort of major point to be made about human nature based on our fascination with Reese Witherspoon picking her wedgie in Stars They're Just Like Us.  

I don't know.  I suppose I've already beat them to the punch when it comes to self-hate, so I haven't really invested a lot of thought into figuring it out. 

Courteney Cox did fine as the icy, crotch-tasering (seriously) Lucy Spiller. (Spiller! Get it?) Frankly, she is kind of an enigma to me.  On one hand, I closely associate her with her character on Friends — the color-coding, tightly-wound Monica — and I kind of suspect she's a little like that in real life.  On the other hand, she's all marrying David Arquette and naming her baby Coco.  So who really knows.

The most interesting character, though, is the aforementioned schizophrenic photographer.  In its most conceptual moments, when he's having his freakouts, peoples' words literally come out of their mouths, cats talk and faces come out of the backs of peoples heads.  It's a fun novelty, but it's merely that.

Anyway, I doubt I'll be a regular viewer so I don't even know why I've created a tag for this show.  Meh. 

3 Comments

  • 1. Maggie  |  January 3rd, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    That is truly amazing. Almost point for point, you and I have written the same post. Synchronicity! (Am I the only one who always says Scrantonicity automatically, the name of Kevin’s band in the Office? Probably not.)

    I agree about the Freddie Prinz Jr assessment, too.

  • 2. Cristin  |  January 4th, 2007 at 9:27 am

    I tifauxed this, but only because a Valtrex ad starring a kid I went to high school with just started running on FX. Later I realized the premiere was being run commercial free. Damn you, FX.

  • 3. chandra  |  January 15th, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    i would like to point out that when you search “you’ve gone too far dirt” on google, tifaux comes up on the top of the list. i am super impressed guys. beyond the blog awards, i think this is a true sign of big time!


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