So tomorrow night, Happy Town will debut on ABC. And I’ll admit it, I’m already addicted. I haven’t even watched the show yet, and I can guarantee I’ll be watching it until either the conclusion, or the more likely cancellation.
If you haven’t heard, Happy Town is fairly formulaic. Small town, all the usual “locals” you’d come to expect. But this town has been dealing with a serial kidnapper/killer (I’m not exactly clear on which it is, or if both apply) called the “Magic Man.” Only its been a few years since anyone’s gone missing…until now. It sounds on paper like every cliche suspense TV show I’ve seen over the past ten years. And I don’t care.
Its the Twin Peaks curse. Granted, I was far too young to be allowed to watch Twin Peaks when it was on the air, but when they started showing it on the Chiller network, I got hooked. If you can promise me even a whiff of that Twin Peaks awesome, I’ll be in the front row. I don’t care how bad the story gets, I will stubbornly sit in front of the television week after week, hoping that a miracle will save the show. I stayed through the entire season of Harper’s Island, after all (although that show wasn’t so bad as much as the finale was crap).
I’m still waiting for them to remake Twin Peaks. (Stop cringing – you KNOW its going to happen sooner or later). It won’t be NEARLY as good as the Twin Peaks I remember, but I’ll still be there every week. And I’ll be unapologetic about it.
So what’s your guilty pleasure TV show?