Dirty Sexy Money has everything you could hope for in a nighttime soap: a stellar cast, lush interiors, catfights, affairs, parties and jewels.
But it's also the story of one man's attempt to hang onto his moral center while cleaning up after a spoiled family worth billions. For extra spice, there's an intriguing murder mystery.
If that's not having your decadent cake and eating it too, I don't know what is....
The challenge for "Dirty Sexy Money" will not be merely matching the quality of the show's highly intelligent and entertaining pilot, but in making the members of the Darling family interesting without necessarily dialing down their condescending willfulness. The two youngest Darlings, for example, the often-bratty tabloid targets Juliet (Samaire Armstrong) and Jeremy (Seth Gabel), strike me as the characters most in need of filling out.
But given that this show is coming from writers who've worked on the top-notch family dramas Six Feet Under, Everwood and Brothers and Sisters, I have every hope that the saga of Nick and the Darlings will just get more interesting.
Review excerpt by Maureen Ryan, Chicago Tribune