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    Big Shots on ABC

    It actually premiered the last week of September. All the big shots are big chiefs at big companies. Dylan McDermott plays Duncan Collinsworth, CEO at Reveal Cosmetics; Michael Vartan is James Walker, about to become the chairman of AmeriMart Industries; Joshua Malina is Karl Mixworthy, CEO of Fidelity Pharmaceuticals; and Christopher Titus plays Brody Johns, founder of Alpha Crisis Management.

    I loved the premier, in spite of what some critics said. Of all the premiers I've watched, it strikes me as the most original. Dylan McDermott's character with what we think is a prostitute and later turns out to be a transsexual-familiarly called a 'tranny' on the show. And as he tries to find he-she later in the show, the tranny finds his estranged daughter and finding out about this kinky side of her father somehow endears him to her. What twisted logic. I especially liked that I was surprised at every turn.

    Now, I watched this show twice-once with my aide Terry and once with Herman. I was very anxious to see Herman's reaction to it. I was pleased to see him laughing out loud at certain times, however after all was said and done, Herman said he felt the plot was oddly predictable and the incidents made the viewer laugh at things they felt guilty about later.

    I shared none of these feelings with him. I found myself laughing heartily throughout the show and I did not find myself feeling guilty afterwards.

    One of the characters has an affair and the mistress goes to see the wife and he walks into their meeting only to find the mistress has posed as an interior decorator. It's obvious the writers are going to have fun with this threesome.

    I have been greatly anticipating this show, particularly because it has been advertised all summer long. I was not at all disappointed with the result.

    The idea of four CEO's being friends is obviously escapist fantasy and so the foibles they get into are believable within that realm. So there is really no need to moralize or make excuses for their actions. The point is really just to have fun with the situations as they are presented.

    Of all the premiers I have watched this week in September, this one certainly stands out in my mind as the most original and hilarious. I've been watching Dylan McDermott since he was on The Practice several years ago, and this seems like a natural progression for him. Ironically, McDermott was a good friend of my former acting teacher out in Los Angeles, Jon Ruskin. Ruskin didn't speak of him very much, but when he did, he said he was very unaffected by his fame. He was just a regular guy. Very laid back and still a good friend.

    I hope that fact is true.

    If you get a chance check it out Thursday nights on ABC.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com