News and Notes
The Larry Sanders Show
Having picked up the first season on DVD, I wasn't really expecting much. I had vague memories of enjoying this show when it originally aired on HBO, but the interminably long off-seasons and relatively short shows (about 22 minutes) began to wear on me after a while. That said, I must have been insane. This show was nothing short of amazing from start to finish. And it holds up beautifully over the decade since its debut. Garry Shandling is Larry Sanders, a successful, but neurotic late night talk-show host. Rip Torn is near perfect as Artie, Larry's confidante and producer. The rest of the cast -- a large ensemble including Jeffrey Tambor, Janeane Garafalo, Bob Odenkirk, and others -- are superlative as well, and the writing is dead-on -- a great mix of old-school character-driven humor and razor-sharp satire of the entertainment industry. Let's hope the DVDs for seasons two through six are in the pipeline. Until they arrive, you can catch two episodes per night on Bravo.