Curing my Summer TV Drought with The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks


The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks

Source: NYT

Just when I was about to give up completely on summer television comes along a fab new Internet only show on AMCTV.com called The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks.  It’s very Woody Allen, very Freudian.  It’s a homage to Allen, who I adore, not only because it uses narration and black and white video, but also because it’s about an actor/writer (played skillfully by Adam Goldberg) who is having an affair with a young protege.  He feverishly tries to sort out his life, while writing bits of it into his scripts.  His therapist, played by Jeffrey Tambor, adds the perfect neurotic touch and even the music is a la Woody.

The episode that I watched tonight is 12 minutes long and is called “I Pulled a Polanski” and was right up my alley.  If the writers weren’t channeling Woody’s fact and fiction, I’m not sure whey they got their ideas, but it was funny, poignant and I definitely want to keep watching.  Besides, I need summer material.  Check it out on Hulu.




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