Friday, April 19, 2024

HBO’s Very Good Sunday Night: “True Detective,” Larry David Bounce Back from Super Bowl Drubbing


HBO had a much better Sunday night after being drubbed by the Super Bowl.

“True Detective” season 4 finished with 980,000 viewers on the linear channel. HBO says that two million more came through other portals. But who knows?

The finale itself has come under criticism for having such a non event conclusion. Jodie Foster let the killers get away with it, and then there was some mystical stuff.

But that 980,000 was 250K higher than the week before the Super Bowl. It also suggests that when they show it again, more people may pay attention. The show will get Emmy nods galore, too.

At 10pm, Larry David and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” bounced back from the Super Bowl outing. The show is back to around 400,000 viewers linear, which I guess will be its average. The episode was 100 times better than than the first two set in Atlanta. It seemed more like “Curb” again although it was very raunchy.

I have no idea why Cheryl is still on the show. Who hangs out with their ex husband in social settings, mocking him? It’s bizarre. But if this is the final season, I guess everyone gets something. Let’s hope a brilliant plotline pops up soon to take us to the end. Sienna Miller — she was like a ray of sunlight. I loved it when she said, “Beshert.” (That’s Yiddish for meant-to-be.)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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