First, just a few apparent comparisons, not solely to one thing like “Dynasty,” however extra not too long ago HBO’s “The Righteous Gems,” which additionally handled a household of hypocritical televangelists; and Fox’s woefully misguided “Nearly Household,” which hinged on an unlikely sorority of daughters fathered by the identical fertility-clinic physician.
In “Filthy Wealthy” (to not be confused with Netflix’s current Jeffrey Epstein docuseries), the Reese’s peanut butter cup model of that mixing includes a Southern household — wallowing within the trappings of wealth, as they run one thing referred to as the Sunshine Community — rudely woke up by the sudden demise of their patriarch (Gerald McRaney), whose will reveals the existence of a number of kids that he sired out of wedlock.
It is a shock to his spouse, Margaret Monreaux (“Intercourse and the Metropolis’s” Kim Cattrall, oozing honey together with her accent), in addition to their grown children, triggering a battle for management of the Sunshine Community. She has a powerful proper hand within the household legal professional (Steve Harris), however faces challenges that embody an formidable minister (Aaron Lazar), who would not assume Margaret can deal with the job.
The brand new additions to the household, in the meantime, every have their very own tales to inform, probably the most attention-grabbing being Ginger (Melia Kreiling), who has been working a profitable online-sex enterprise earlier than realizing she would possibly come into some money the old school means — particularly, by inheriting it.
Not surprisingly, collection creator Tate Taylor (“The Assist”) and his writing workforce need to undergo some contortions to maintain the prolonged clan collectively — why not simply take the cash and run? — however the present has a good quantity of enjoyable conserving the viewers off stability.
Held over from final spring, the collection additionally has the benefit of being one of many comparatively few new broadcast reveals, a minimum of for the subsequent few months, which is not a actuality collection or an acquisition from a streaming service or exterior the US. The present shall be paired with one of many former, “L.A.’s Most interesting,” a cop drama starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union initially produced for Spectrum subscribers.
In fact, dynastic battles have an extended TV custom, and no one will confuse this with one thing like HBO’s “Succession,” which additionally strains the jockeying of an eccentric brood by the filter of a media empire.
“Household is probably the most priceless factor on this planet,” Margaret says, as she maneuvers to keep up management of each.
Exhibits like “Filthy Wealthy,” in contrast, are just about a dime a dozen. But when they’re executed nicely, as this one is, they will nonetheless be sufficient enjoyable to win some loyal converts.
“Filth Wealthy” premieres Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on Fox.