On the Telly: "Lilyhammer," "Fugget About It" and "Mob Wives: New Blood"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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The overtanned Mafia molls of "Mob Wives" are back for a fourth season, bringing in two new ladies from Philly to stir up the already-volatile pot.

Lilyhammer
Currently streaming on Netflix.com
Captive audience: The Sopranos fans; Netflix subscribers; people who wonder what that movie The Family would look like if it was directed by Bent Hamer.
Moment of truth: Netflix has had quite the year, doling out acclaimed, award-nominated original programming. But we shouldn’t forget about this show, the first original program they released a year ago, now in its second season. Basically Northern Exposure with violence, this icy dramedy, with Steven Van Zandt reprising his Sopranos shtick as a stereotypical gangster hiding out in a snowy Norwegian town, relies too much on quirky, goofy characters and not-that-smart writing. After watching a couple of episodes, you’ll soon realize why no one really talks about it.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

Fugget About It
Currently streaming on Hulu.com
Captive audience: The Sopranos fans; Hulu subscribers; people who wonder what that movie The Family would look like if it was a Seth MacFarlane sitcom.
Moment of truth: Yet another online-streaming show about a mobster under witness protection, this chaotic, made-in-Canada, cartoon sitcom features a cigar-chomping mob capo and his family adjusting to life in Regina, Saskatchewan after he kills his mob boss. To give you an idea of the level of hilarity this program provides, our capo refers to the town as “vagina”—over and over again. Its frenetically lowbrow hijinks would be funny if any of it actually was funny. Unfortunately, this show proves that just because it’s anti-PC and relentlessly nonsensical doesn’t mean laughs are guaranteed.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

Mob Wives: New Blood
Thursdays, 10pm, VH1
Captive audience: The Sopranos fans. Period.
Moment of truth: Let’s round out this mafia-heavy column with a quick visit to the loud-ass broads who populate this reality trainwreck. Yes, these overtanned molls are back for a fourth season, bringing in two new ladies from Philadelphia to stir up the already-volatile pot. These foul-mouthed harridans make all the other wives on TV look like functioning members of society, and yet, as repellent as these women can get—especially Big Ang, with her humongous, surgically enhanced rack and raspy, manly voice—I can’t turn away. Never has something so disgusting has been so watchable.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phl-emmy.

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