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January 5, 2007

I’m already begging you to watch: Knights of Prosperity

Filed under: TV — Tom @ 4:20 am

. . . 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 ABC’s new Knights of Prosperity is doomed from the start: I love it.

First off, it’s got Donal Logue, who won me over as the endearing loser at the heart of The Tao Of Steve, but whom most know from the series Grounded For Life (can’t say I ever watched it,) and 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 which had originally given the show its name: “let’s rob Mick Jagger.”

Thankfully lacking a laugh-track, the show works because it’s cut almost like an indie film, and in places reminded me of Office Space‘s comic timing, and throws in some jumps to little choreographed moments between scenes of the Knights walking in their cheap screenprinted t-shirts. The show is also gifted with subtle comic writing, such as when the group is discussing their name and 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 fate is more due to scheduling than just viewers – it’s time slot on Wednesday nights puts it right up against CBS’ hit Criminal Minds (which is why ABC moved Lost to the next time slot.) It can be saved. Stranger things have happened however – 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, it’s already been canned. Give it a chance – it’s more than worth it.

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2 Comments »

  1. Glad to see you liked the show too. I’m actually hosting a contest on my blog where I’m giving away an official Knights of Prosperity t-shirt. Feel free to check it out if you are interested.

    Comment by Scooter McGavin — January 8, 2007 @ 1:26 am | Reply

  2. right you are tom! pretty funny show. it’s doomed, i tell ya.

    Comment by Mark Saleski — January 9, 2007 @ 8:08 am | Reply


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