So here it is. My one chance. This is my chance to endorse a new show, on a major cable network, and possibly even get a quote in one of their ads. After over a year of writing for TVgasm, I found a new show not only worthy of my support, but one whose theme is so ripe for quotables, I just don’t know where to begin. I guess I’ll start with the skinny:
This summer, FX is finally beginning to reach out to the comedy genre, and from what I have seen, they are doing so in fine form with the new series Starved.
The press kit for Starved describes the show as a look into “the lives of four thirty-somethings who reside in Brooklyn and are battling various eating disorders.” I know, sounds hillarious right? Ok, maybe not…but when we look into a world through writer/director/star Eric Schaeffer’s eyes, anything is possible. Though the pilot has more of an indie-film feel, the 2nd and 3rd episodes are an excellent source of ab-crunching laughter. You’ll laugh your guts out. I mean, I laughed so hard at Starved, I shit my pants…and lost weight!Purge all you thought you knew about eating disorders and those who suffer from them. Eric Schaeffer stars as Sam, a compulsive eater/anorexic and high-powered commodities trader. Sam’s obsession for food is exceeded only by his obsession with women, and it’s with delicious satisfaction that we watch him pinball between the two. He’s accompanied by fellow support-group cronies whose struggles with their own demons and insecurities have led to eating disorders. But Starved is not your average comedy regurgitation. While this show’s central premise revolves around those comic goldmines of bulimia and anorexia, it might surprise you to learn that Starved is like a Seinfeld for the new millennium, assuming that Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine enjoyed a steady diet of laxatives at Monk’s diner. The heart and soul of this comedy is the friendship of our four leads who when not struggling with their disorders spend most of their time nitpicking about various mundane details in everyday life — shoes, pubic shaving, colonics. The typical Brooklyn morning, right?
While the pilot episode may not be the strongest, Starved definitely gets tastier over its second and third shows as Sam delivers more and more bitterly hilarious tirades (one remark about a tan woman at a gym is particularly biting. Because which gym doesn’t have an oldish, tan lady in tight clothing?). Basically, I’ll just trim the fat and say that Starved seems to be a promising summer comedy. When FX ordered pilots to series, I’m glad they picked up dis order.
Starved premieres Thursday, August 4th at 10 PM EST on FX.