If you watched the season premiere of Better Call Saul last night, the show that premiered immediately after it was a show called Lodge 49. This show was not on my radar at all until the promos for it aired during BCS. Billed as The Big Lebowski as a TV show, and with Paul Giamatti as one of the executive producers, i was immediately intrigued. And sure enough it definitely carried some of that Dude vibe.
The show is based around Sean “Dud” Dudley (do you see what they did there?) who is a good natured 30 something who just wants to live his life. But a tragedy has tossed him out of his blissful little world and he is struggling to find some purpose. While his twin sister struggles with the crushing debt left behind by his fathers death, Dud is homeless, unemployed, and seems adrift. Until he finds a ring on the beach that belongs to a member of the Lynx society. When fate has his car run out of gas in front of the local Lynx lodge, for the first time since his fathers death he stops feeling directionless.
Judging from the first episode, i would magine that the word “quirky” will get used a lot describing this show, and it doesnt seem to be a show that is going to concern itself with picking up the pace. Think slow burn. Given my love of The Big Lebowski, and AMC’s track record with shows the last decade, im going to give this show a lot of rope.
If you think Dud looks familiar, its because he is: he is the child of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.