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    • We've been blessed a goodly number of black comedies in recent TV seasons. From Patriot, to Happy! (oh boy, you have to watch that one, but brace yourself, it's a wild ride), to Fargo, to the current darlings Barry and Killing Eve, it's a good time for people who like a little blood spilled on their laughs.

      A new one for me is a TV series on Epix that's very loosely based on the Elmore Leonard novel Get Shorty. John Travolta starred in an entertaining movie taken from the book. This TV show isn't like the movie at all. For one thing, it's a lot darker. Chris O'Dowd is the star (you'll recognize his face, probably not his name)and he has a sidekick, Sean Bridgers. It takes them a few episodes to get to it, but Bridgers brings the funny. Imagine a hitman trying to discuss a script rewrite in a meeting at a Hollywood studio. He's brilliant. Ray Romano plays the Gene Hackman loser-movie-producer role.

      For another thing, the crime family involved is nasty, brutish. No cartoon violence.

      It took me about 40 minutes to get into the first show. Thereafter, at least through the first five shows, it keeps getting better. If you're strung-out because the first season of Barry or Killing Eve is over, you might try a hit of Get Shorty (which I've found online feeds of, so spank me.)

    • Thanks for the tip! I hadn’t heard of this show, but am definitely going to check it out. I really loved Barry and while I never watched Ray Ramono’s sitcom back in the day, I do find him to be quite delightful in other things I’ve seen him in.

    • By the way, the second season of Get Shorty is now airing on Epix. I've only watched the first episode so far, but it doesn't seem to be suffering from the dreaded second season slump.

      Epix is getting ambitious about original programming. They greenlit a new series with Ben Kingsley that's created by the same guy who made the wonderful Patriot (which is a must-see.)