On the Idiot Box: "Behind the Candelabra," "Ring of Fire" and Anne Heche's "Save Me"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Michael Douglas (left) and Matt Damon star in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra."

Behind the Candelabra
Sunday, 9pm, HBO
Captive audience: Biopic fans; flamboyantly gay dudes; all those people who actually thought Liberace was not gay.
Moment of truth: The soon-to-be-retired Steven Soderbergh’s much-anticipated, fact-based telepic on Liberace finally hits TV screens (after it has premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, mind you), with Michael Douglas camping it all up—and having fun doing it—as the extravagant ivory tickler and Matt Damon as the young, studly fellow he had a secret relationship with in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Know in advance that man-on-man action is rampant in this. But if you can get past all that, you’ll find that it’s an enjoyable, well-done biopic featuring two Oscar winners having a gay old time.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

Ring of Fire
Monday, 9pm, Lifetime
Captive audience: Johnny Cash/June Carter Cash fans; Lifetime TV-movie watchers; people who either didn’t like or didn’t watch Walk the Line.
Moment of truth: Liberace isn’t the only deceased musical icon getting the TV-movie treatment this week. Jewel also camps it up in this well-meaning yet utterly needless biopic as June Carter Cash, the child star-turned-country-singing goddess who would become Johnny Cash’s better half. Apparently, Lifetime isn’t demoaning that not only did Walk the Line already tell Mrs. Carter Cash’s story better, but Reese “I’m An American Citizen” Witherspoon gave a definitive, Oscar-winning performance as the singer. Nevertheless, if you’re a country fan looking for two hours to kill, it’ll be on Memorial Day.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phl-emmy.

Save Me
Thursdays, 8pm, NBC
Captive audience: Quirky-sitcom fans; born-again Christians and other bored folk; people who are still glad Anne Heche went straight.
Moment of truth: Heche gets another chance at scripted TV with this excessively kooky sitcom that’s basically a mashup of Samantha Who? and Joan of Arcadia. She’s a hard-drinking, irresponsible wife and mother who has a near-death experience and becomes a sweetheart who hears messages from God. Thanks to Heche’s darling demeanor, the show is at its least loathsome when it’s focused on her. All the other characters—from her long-suffering husband to her snotty daughter to the crazy-ass beeyotch of a woman her husband is creeping around with—you hope will be smited in future episodes.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phl-emmy.

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1. www.imdb.me/kristinereneefarley said... on May 26, 2013 at 01:28AM

“The show premise for Save Me has already been done! It's a webseries on KoldCast.tv called The Book of Dallas...the first episode of Save Me is even called The Book of Beth! Seriously. You can watch the whole series here:
http://www.koldcast.tv/video/the_book_of_dallas_chapter_1

And it's a LOT better.”

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