Ten years we’ve devoted ourselves exclusively to HBO for its groundbreaking original series and films. But my curiosity for Showtime is at an all-time high. I was sad to miss the Larry Sanders bandwagon way back. It was brilliant. I caught it on vhs and every episode made me laugh out loud. Another Showtime original tugged at my sleeve years later, Weeds. Then The L Word. But I stayed true to HBO because we’d invested a significant amount of time and energy to Tony Soprano and the Family, among others. We never missed a single episode of Six Feet Under, Curb Your Enthusiam or the brutally illustrious, Rome. Clever, dark, original! Then came Entourage and naturally (having spent time in L.A.) we just couldn’t reisist. Adrian Grenier is now a recurring character in my morning fantasies… love that boy.
But I don’t know if I can exercise self-control over the latest seduction of Showtime – Californication with David Duchovny, the original smart, sexy, sly guy who’s come a long way from The Red Shoe Diaries, but not really (thankfully). It premieres tonight and I can only speculate that I would absolutely dig it. And it doesn’t hurt that our fave radio show, This American Life, has made a home over there too. But we can only incude one premium channel in the idiot-box budget. It’s HBO or Showtime. What to do? What to do?
I know at least one of my readers has intimate knowledge of this subject. Susan?