TV Review – NBC’s “The Philanthropist”

I was very excited about the idea of NBC's "The Philanthropist." It gave the impression of glorious production quality, superior writing, epic scenery and an admirable moral compass.

The casting seemed spot-on, I loves me some Jesse L. Martin (Philip Maidstone) and Neve Campbell (Olivia Maidstone) exudes a thoughtful charm. Although, I was a little bummed by the casting of the title character, Teddy Rist. Who's was this James Purefoy guy?

While watching the pilot, I got to know James Purefoy and, needless to say, I'm on board with the casting. Yes, indeedy, James Purefoy definitely works as billionaire, playboy turned philanthropist, Teddy Rist.

In fact, he's so enticing that he almost makes this tedious show worth watching. Oh, who the hell am I kidding? He totally makes it worth watching, and I hate him for it...the bastard!

There are so many things that irritate me about this show I don't even know where to begin.

Let's start with the annoying commentary that is a tent pole in each episode. What, did they feel the voice-over had become too commonplace in the current market? While I agree that voice-over abuse is rampant, blatant exposition blabbing is a screenwriting no-no.

As I press play, I always wonder who's going to be this week's sounding board for the exposition commentary. Bartender? Board of Directors? Finance Minister? Son of rebel? Ex-Mrs. Rist? You see, you need to have an avid listener for the vivid tales being told by Teddy and Philip. It's friggin' ridiculous and needs to stop now! Good stories are getting killed in the process.

There are good stories here, but-with the exception of Teddy Rist-there are no great characters to bring them to life. You can't just have one engaging character while the rest wander around aimlessly, spouting forgettable lines. For the impact to be fully realized, the lead character needs to be surrounded by equally compelling characters, not just talking props.

And don't even get me started on the painful lack of chemistry between married couple Philip and Olivia. I'm praying it's intentional since the writers-with all the subtlety of a wrecking ball-immediately informed us that Teddy and Olivia used to do the dirty-dirty.

I wanted to "love" this show, but I can barely muster the enthusiasm for "like". Unfortunately, I will be forced to continue watching because of James Purefoy.

Damn you, James Purefoy! I wish you never came into my life.

Take care,
Sheryld

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I was very excited about the idea of NBC's "The Philanthropist." It gave the impression of glorious production quality, superior writing, epic scenery and an admirable moral compass.

The casting seemed spot-on, I loves me some Jesse L. Martin (Philip Maidstone) and Neve Campbell (Olivia Maidstone) exudes a thoughtful charm. Although, I was a little bummed by the casting of the title character, Teddy Rist. Who's was this James Purefoy guy?

While watching the pilot, I got to know James Purefoy and, needless to say, I'm on board with the casting. Yes, indeedy, James Purefoy definitely works as billionaire, playboy turned philanthropist, Teddy Rist.

In fact, he's so enticing that he almost makes this tedious show worth watching. Oh, who the hell am I kidding? He totally makes it worth watching, and I hate him for it...the bastard!

There are so many things that irritate me about this show I don't even know where to begin.

Let's start with the annoying commentary that is a tent pole in each episode. What, did they feel the voice-over had become too commonplace in the current market? While I agree that voice-over abuse is rampant, blatant exposition blabbing is a screenwriting no-no.

As I press play, I always wonder who's going to be this week's sounding board for the exposition commentary. Bartender? Board of Directors? Finance Minister? Son of rebel? Ex-Mrs. Rist? You see, you need to have an avid listener for the vivid tales being told by Teddy and Philip. It's friggin' ridiculous and needs to stop now! Good stories are getting killed in the process.

There are good stories here, but-with the exception of Teddy Rist-there are no great characters to bring them to life. You can't just have one engaging character while the rest wander around aimlessly, spouting forgettable lines. For the impact to be fully realized, the lead character needs to be surrounded by equally compelling characters, not just talking props.

And don't even get me started on the painful lack of chemistry between married couple Philip and Olivia. I'm praying it's intentional since the writers-with all the subtlety of a wrecking ball-immediately informed us that Teddy and Olivia used to do the dirty-dirty.

I wanted to "love" this show, but I can barely muster the enthusiasm for "like". Unfortunately, I will be forced to continue watching because of James Purefoy.

Damn you, James Purefoy! I wish you never came into my life.

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