Peter Krause Stars in ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money"
There may be murder, greed, power, drugs, transsexual hookers and money, lots of "Dirty Sexy Money," but as the show star Peter Krause puts it, ABC's freshman drama with an all-star cast (Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Blair Underwood) that Chicago Tribune calls "Best New Show This Fall" is all about desire.
"Six Feet Under" veteran actor Krause reunited on this project with writer Craig Wright who, having honed his writing skills on HBO's dark comedy about undertakers, spent the last two seasons writing for ABC's "LOST" and "Brothers & Sisters."
"Dirty Sexy Money" however which some refer to as '"Brothers & Sisters" on Crack' (TV Guide) or 'East Coast "Brothers & Sisters"' (The Futon Critic) is a Dynasty-esque drama with desire at its heart.
Krause, who has just executive produced Tamela D'Amico's jazz album, explains "Dirty Sexy Money" all about "the things you want, but you can't have; or the things you can have, but shouldn't have as others wouldn't allow you to have." Got that?
The rich and famous had been portrayed in prime-time soaps many times before, most notably back in the 1980s with #1 hits "Dallas" and "Dynasty." This show however takes that original fluffy formula and gives it a modern day update.
With sophistication echoing "The Great Gatsby" and thrills and frills reminiscent of the Ewings and the Carringtons, "Dirty Sexy Money" takes its Darlings over the top making them the 3rd richest family in America with wealth in excess of $30 billion.
The crippling power of the wealth brings about complications of all kinds as the characters desperately struggle to escape their degenerated personalities and show what great people they really are somewhere within.
To make the show more relatable to viewers, Peter Krause's character Nick George, the Darling family lawyer, enters their world of privilege giving us a peek into their private lives.
If only, as Chicago Tribune also points out, ABC came to their senses and replaced Michael Vartan's stinker "Big Shots" with this gem of a show, giving it the plum post "Grey's Anatomy" slot.
For the time being, "Dirty Sexy Money" will fight for its spot under the Nielsen sun following the fairly untested "Private Practice" in Dynasty's old timeslot - Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC. The pilot air September 26.