Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Someone's at the door

Today is a great day. Why, you ask? The simple answer is that American Gothic, a show you probably never heard of, is released as an outstanding DVD package today. The show aired on CBS way back when (1995), and much like any number of Fox programs, CBS simply didn't know what to do with this one. It was sinister and extraordinarily dark, willing to take its characters to places that few shows would even consider. The show's centerpiece was Gary Cole, whose is-he-or-isn't-he-Satan performance was by turns funny, insidious and over-the-top in a good way. Of course, he couldn't have pulled it off without the off-setting counterpoint of Lucas Black, a young man who has grown up into a fine performer in films like Friday Night Lights. Sarah Paulson, another particular favorite of mine, is here as well, as this show was really her breakout performance that got her some notice.

The show was created by Shaun Cassidy, a fact that was made much of at the time it began airing - primarily because few people could believe that a former teen idol could go so far over to the dark side. Executive producers of the series were Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, which goes a long way toward explaining why I gave it a chance in the first place. If you haven't seen it, at least rent it. You won't regret it.


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