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November 09, 2004

Now, I'M the one in a Huff!

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Huff, new from Showtime, premiered on Sunday night. The trailer teasers leading up to the premiere were just outstanding, and the show looks edgy, funny and interesting.

The show itself seems to focus on a mental health professional (Hank Azaria as Dr. Craig "Huff" Huffstodt) whose life takes a turn when a patient commits suicide during a session. He comes to realize how he has been "mailing in" his own life and that even though he sees himself as an "eternal caretaker," he can't save everyone. The strength of the show, like Seinfeld, seems to be in the ensemble cast, replete with an alcoholic best friend (the wonderful Oliver Platt) and a catty, possessive mother (Blythe Danner - always a winner) to annoy the wife (Paget Brewster).

There is also a "Homeless Hungarian" character described this way on the show's official site:

The Homeless Hungarian (JACK LAUFER) is a homeless man who Huff encounters. He always asks Huff for help, but not necessarily with a handout. He appears and disappears quickly, and Huff is not really sure if this guy exists in the real world.

Another strength will be the string of celebs making appearances. This week has Lara Flynn Boyle as a patient.

I haven't seen it yet (I'm out of town), but it's on tape, so no spoilage, please. Still, it looks like it might be worth the effort.

Hank Azaria always does a fine job and I'm glad to see him move out of the shadows of the Flaming Moe.

Did anyone see the premiere? Any immediate reactions?

Posted by Dan at November 9, 2004 07:46 AM

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