AMERICAN GIGOLO: SEASON ONE
Starring: Jon Bernthal, Gabriel LaBelle, Gretchen Mol, Lizzie Brocheré, Leland Orser, and Rosie O’Donnell
Creator: David Hollander
Despite Jon Bernthal’s committed, if overly muted, performance, American Gigolo is too convoluted in its murder mystery (not to mention the contrived conveniences) and not sleazy enough in its more lurid moments to work on either level. Honestly, it’s just a weak-ass murder show with Gigolo branding and Blondie’s “Call Me” slapped on it. Plus, some truly off-the-wall casting, including Wayne Brady as a gigolo-slash-pimp and Rosie O’Donnell as a deadpan homicide detective, makes the series feel like even more of an odd duck. It’s not unwatchable, but there are so many better things out there, including the 1980 movie on which the series is based.