I’d heard this or that about Dirty Sexy Money, one of the new pilots ABC will be rolling out this fall, and I was substantially excited mostly due to the presence of Peter Krause. He popped up on my radar as Casey McCall on the hugely under appreciated Aaron Sorkin series Sports Night although he’s probably best known as prodigal son Nate Fischer on HBO’s Six Feet Under. The film We Don’t Live Here Anymore and the Sci-Fi miniseries The Lost Room cemented his talent for playing jerky, selfish guys you can’t help but like.
I was feeling a bit tepid for DSM however, mostly due to the title (in addition to the usual wide birth I give to pilot network dramas). Until today. Color me excited because I found out on James Poniewozik’s blog that Samaire Armstrong will star as a spoiled daughter on the show.
I first saw Armstrong on Entourage where she had a short lived relationship as both Ari’s assistant and E’s girlfriend (although I dig her, I must say E has traded up since. Sorry Samaire.). Later I saw her drop sick vocab on The OC (”anathema” has never sounded so hot) and caught her early role as a Noxema-commercial-pretty dead-head on Freaks and Geeks, which went unwatched by me until just recently. Since then I’ve caught her on various prime time procedurals and music videos (like the one at the end of this post). I find her hipster look more than appealing (plus she meets the “strange name” requirements for my top-three celebs) and the characters she plays to be nuanced and accessible.
With these two actors this show has moved up to the top of my list for new series I’ll be Tivoing this fall.
Samaire in Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” music video: