I would guess that most people who come to read TVgasm love their reality TV, and obviously I am no exception. The summer months used to be the only time networks would take a chance on reality in primetime, but after Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Apprentice, and The Bachelor(ette), reality is now a year-round staple. It is easy to get saturated if you are looking to find alternatives. While I enjoy both Beauty and the Geek and Dancing with the Stars on Wednesday nights, there may be some of you out there that are looking for something different.
Thanks to the power of DirecTivo, I was able to record the new FOX crime drama The Inside while I watched Evander Holyfield on the other channel. I am a fan of the Law and Order franchise, but never really got into many other cop shows (the remake of Kojak was a huge joke this past year, btw). But The Inside had something different that was enough to get me to sample an episode: it is produced by Tim Minear. For those of you who don’t know, Minear also produced Firefly, a series that I loved and one that died thanks to sucky FOX promotion. And if that wasn’t enough, the first episode features a girl getting killed in the same house The Dude rented in The Big Lebowski. That’s good stuff.
Well, it has happened again. Minear has a great show in The Inside, which centers around an FBI unit that investigates the most difficult and bizarre crimes in Los Angeles (besides the kidnap and brainwashing of Katie Holmes, that is). For more information on the show and how it was brought back from the death normally saved for shitty pilots, read Jonathan Last’s piece at The Weekly Standard. I won’t have time to recap this show this summer, but I wanted to get the word out because FOX is once again doing a horrible job at marketing this show. I know “great scripted drama” and “summer viewing” don’t usually go well together, but The Inside is well worth giving it a try. The Inside airs Wednesdays at 9PM Eastern on FOX.