Scott D. Pierce: Salt Lake City is lucky not to get ridiculed like Stallone’s title town “Tulsa King”

Salt Lake City should be glad it’s not Tulsa. Because Oklahoma City is ruthlessly mocked in “Tulsa King” – the new streaming series starring Sylvester Stallone.

We have the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.” We have suffered enough.

Yes that’s right. Stallone stars in a TV series, playing 75-year-old Mafioso, Dwight Manfredi, who has just been released from prison after a quarter century for a murder ordered by a crime boss. Dwight expects a big reward, but the president’s son tells him there’s nothing for him in New York/New Jersey.

“I took an oath and honored it,” says Dwight. “I’ve kept my mouth shut for 25 years [expletive] Years. … Now you have the balls to tell me that after everything I’ve been through, after everything I’ve lost, after everything I’ve done to this family… I have nothing left! “

Well, nothing on the East Coast. But Dwight was sent to – panting in horror! – Tulsa to build a criminal organization there. This results in violence and humor.

“Tulsa King” isn’t a comedy, and Stallone isn’t a comedy and yet there’s a sense of humor in the new Paramount+ series, which begins airing on Sunday. black comedy. Sometimes a fool joke unintentionally.

Dwight has never been to a marijuana dispensary before, but he quickly makes his way to gaining control of one outlet, making money with a fist. The way he treats the owners – the way he treats everyone else – is harsh and violent, but Dwight doesn’t make it personal.

“I’m out of my element,” Stallone said of his character. “So my gang now consists of cowboys, Indians, women, men who run a weed shop. In other words, a group of completely misfits, somewhat, finally fit together as a family. … To me, it has heart, energy, and a sense of humor. .and what more could you ask for?”

Well, in the two episodes that were presented to critics – especially since there are some difficulties in finding the right tone. No, Dwight never really dealt with smartphones and apps, but the script hits this kind of thing really hard in an attempt to elicit laughter.

“Tulsa King” was created by Taylor Sheridan (“Yellowstone”), but he’s a busy guy – he has 10 series either on air or in pre-production – so Terence Patrick Winter (“Boardwalk Empire”) is the showrunner. He summed up the attitude towards Address City nicely.

“It’s as different from New York City as you can get,” Winter said. “It’s a beautiful location, but you wouldn’t mistake it for anything but what it is. So for a guy like Dwight, who grew up on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, to get out there, and suddenly I was in the middle of cornfields and cowboys and horses all over the place, it was really a strange sight.” As much as possible maybe put it in it.”

In the first episode alone, the people of Oklahoma are portrayed as crazy, drugged, bigoted, very kind, naive, and foolish religious fanatics. Lucky Tulsa.

The first two episodes of “Tulsa King” are on Sundays, with one per week debuting on consecutive Sundays.

(Paramount+) Kevin Costner plays John Dutton in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone is back

There’s so much going on in the 87-minute season premiere of “Yellowstone” (6, 8:27, 10:54 p.m. Sunday, Paramount Network), and it’s delicious.

John Dutton (Kevin Costner) has just been elected Governor of Montana. His manipulative principal daughter, Beth (Kelly Riley), is happy; His adopted son, Jamie (Wes Bentley) is not so much. The leader of the local Native American tribes (Jill Birmingham) is not sure what to do. And the head of the mega-company (Jackie Weaver), whose massive development project John Dutton is planning to shut down, is furious – she “had these things.” [expletive] Hillbillies”.

Many fans of the show did not. Last season, “Yellowstone” was the most watched non-sports show on television – broadcast and cable – in both total viewers and demos 18-49.

In flashbacks, we see the beginning of the relationship between Beth and Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser). Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) has an encounter with bad guys and Canadians. And this is “Yellowstone”, so there is always tragedy on the horizon. The series has its own pace, and it’s no surprise that much of what happens in the season five premiere is prepared for upcoming episodes — and that’s a good thing.

It’s really bad that Utah couldn’t offer the tax incentives to keep Yellowstone production primarily in this state rather than all of Montana.

More of Santa Claus

Tim Allen first became Santa Claus in a delightful 1994 feature film Santa Claus, which led to a less fun sequel in 2002 and a essentially unwatchable sequel in 2006. Now he’s back again in the six-part miniseries “Santa Claus” – Santa decided to retire and is looking for someone to replace him.

It’s silly and kind of fun. Definitely better than the third movie.

Two episodes begin airing on Wednesday, with one episode premiering on November 23, November 30, December 7, and December 14.

stick to the original

1983’s “A Christmas Story” is a holiday classic, but it was kind of a coincidence. Director Bob Clarke must have had some magic when he mixed Jean Shepard’s short stories into a charming and funny movie. Others were unable to recover this magic in a series of sequences. Although the TV movie sequels “The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski” and “Olliie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss” both had some magic, the sequels “It Runs In the Family” (1994) and “A Christmas Story 2” (2012) was pretty terrible.

And now we get “A Christmas Story Christmas” (premiere Wednesday on HBO Max), which features adult Ralph (Peter Billingsley) and his family celebrating the holidays at his childhood home with his widowed mother. It’s nice to see so many original cast members, but there’s a little precious magic. so sad.

Disney Princess sequel

It’s been 15 years since Gisele (Amy Adams) and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) got married at the end of Disney’s Enchanted. And as the years went by, she became Gisele – you guessed it! – “Disenchanted”, the title of the second part that begins airing on Friday (you guessed it!) Disney+.

The couple and their children leave the city for suburban bliss, but the suburbs are not very happy. There’s false magic, light tension, music, dance, silliness, and villainy played by Maya Rudolph.

It’s silly and fun.

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