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I feel that this show is wonderfully fantastic. I love the dynamics of the episodes and the evolving story-arc as it continues. Though, I have had to replay, and adlib, some of the elements of what I have see, through my third eye. For instance, A.J. is pregnant with Tedd's help from the pilot episode; And, so is Olivia from the second episode. If Phillip didn't want to swing, then maybe he should have rethought the whole marriage thing with an ex-fling with Teddy's old flame. Of course, Doctor Balo is too because that is just too rich of a story element to pass up. Otherwise, is Teddy really the lovably romantic womanizer they claim he is? I think that some may have a problem with the whole pregnant thing but I really want to see something different than the same characters we have seen for over a hundred years. I yearn for characters with real character flaws, and Teddy being a happy drunk is a good start. I feel that Linda Booth might want her character to have real depth and be a real part of the show and evolve; And, I think having her boss's kid might really be a great way to start that. Of course, I think someone as smart as A.J. is billed as would have suspected the possibility of having more than a business relationship with a lovably romantic womanizing boss; And so, she would have seen Olivia sharing Teddy's bed with her sometimes. I feel that the show is much more than some Sex In The City like show; And, so maybe of course there is much more to the show. For instance, actually have Teddy and Jesse head a revolution in Myanmar. I believe that it would be great for the characters to be engaged and help evolve the world in the show. So, naturally, those couple sentences encompass a whole lot more story than Teddy's relationship drama.

'The Philanthropist' review

In recent years, the category of "fun summer show" -- a briskly paced and well-produced series often built around a charming central character -- has been the near-exclusive dominion of cable channels like USA Network and TNT . Scripted shows on the broadcast networks in the summer, however, still carry the stigma of being not good enough for the regular season. Delays in production are primarily what pushed " The Philanthropist " into NBC's summer lineup, but that may turn out not to be a bad thing for the show. It may not be a great series, but thanks in large part to a well-rounded performance from star James Purefoy, "The Philanthropist" delivers a diverting hour of TV that fits right in with the "Burn Notices" and "Closers" of the world. Purefoy ( HBO 's " Rome ") plays Teddy Rist, a billionaire who makes his living off exploiting natural resources and rather enjoys his life. While in Nigeria to work a business deal, though, he comes to realize that the token amount of money his company sets aside for charitable work isn't really enough -- and that he wants to get personally involved in doing more. Over the objections of his business partner, Philip Maidstone (" Law & Order 's" Jesse L. Martin), and Philip's wife, Olivia (Neve Campbell) -- who runs the company's charitable foundation and was once involved with Teddy -- Teddy heads back to Nigeria, figuring he'll grease a few palms, deliver some food, medicine and other supplies, and head back home a better man. To the show's credit, though, Teddy doesn't have nearly that easy a time of it as he finds that his money and fame won't open every door and that he has to work with some less-than-desirable characters to get the results he wants. Even those he's trying to help, like a doctor at a struggling health clinic, call him out on his motives. Executive producer Tom Fontana, who wrote the pilot, then left the series for a time before rejoining it, has given Martin's and Campbell's characters enough shading that they're not just the naysayers standing by while Teddy goes off on his latest adventure. Lindy Booth (" October Road ") and Michael Kenneth Williams (" The Wire ") also do decent work with not much material in Wednesday's premiere. But "The Philanthropist" is pretty much entirely in Purefoy's hands, and he runs with it. It's easy to see that Teddy's experience in changes him, but he doesn't do a 180-degree shift from rakish playboy to self-righteous do-gooder. Even as he becomes more committed to his new line of work, Teddy still ladles on the charm -- even when, as is the case with a disbelieving bartender to whom he recounts the events of the premiere, people aren't buying what he's selling. Given what NBC is doing to its schedule in the fall, it's hard to see how "The Philanthropist" would find a home during the traditional September-to-May season. But if it does well enough to return next summer, the network could have the makings of a solid summer franchise on its hands. Source Here

The Philanthropist Premiere Review - Featured

I got the chance to check out NBC's new summer drama, The Philanthropist that premieres tonight, and I was not only pleasantly surprised, but immediately hooked! I was also (gasp!) so intrigued that when the pilot episode ended, I was horribly disappointed and wanting more right away. *Mild Spoilers Included* I expected The Philanthropist to be an interesting show, but far too predictable from its set-up of being about an American billionaire playboy who suddenly decided to do some hands-on help in Nigeria. While that is the case, the circumstances of billionaire Teddy Rist's sudden desire to help as well as how his attempts to help work out are much more fascinating, personal, and in depth than expected. In the premiere, Teddy (played by the amazing James Purifoy of Rome ), is inspired to lend aid to the people in the poverty-stricken villages of Nigeria because during his visit there, he gets stuck in a nasty hurricane where he saves a young beggar boy. But this wasn't all that inspired Teddy, thank goodness for our personal-story needing drama-fanatics! So, minor spoiler alert, Teddy's not a single, rich bachelor who has always had it easy in his life. We quickly discover upon his return to his big New York corner office that he has a wife from whom he's now separated because of the trauma of losing their only son. We don't learn in the premiere how the boy died, but we definitely see that Teddy is very haunted by his little boy's death, and is not only inspired to help in Nigeria because he saw the true poverty and damage of the hurricane, but because he has his grief and demons to run away from. This grief and personal storyline makes the show already much more fascinating than I was expecting from the promos, but the other aspect that made the premiere great was Teddy's struggle to actually help when he returns to Nigeria. Before watching, I expected Teddy just to throw his money at the problems of the little villages, but he finds out quickly that's not so easy when it's not money the villages need, but medicine and supplies. Also, there's a whole lot of government authority that controls all these things for the people, and no one's about to not notice a random white guy running around trying to give money, steal medicine, and all sorts of craziness in the middle of the Nigerian countryside. This reality aspect to the show is done perfectly as I didn't get the feeling I was being preached to that I was a horrible, selfish person for not jumping up and flying to an impoverished country to help, but I also didn't feel like I was discouraged to help because there were so many rules and loopholes to deal with in impoverished countries. I'm very intrigued to see where Teddy's story takes us after this exciting and fascinating premiere, and I can only hope his troubles and triumphs continue in this interesting way to keep us coming back every week for more insight and drama around the realities of helping when things have gotten so rough around the world, and also the reality of dealing with such deep emotional traumas such as losing a child. While I look forward to all this, I also have to note there's an excellent sense of humor among all the drama coming almost entirely from the Teddy character, but also surrounded and backed up well by the Nigerian people he meets, and his team back at the office in New York including Neve Campbell of Scream and Party of Five , Jesse L. Martin of Law & Order and Rent , and Michael K. Williams of The Wire . This is definitely my new summer favorite, and I think it's one of the best shows now on our summer TV schedule, so check it out and comment with your pilot reactions! Related Stories: Watch a sneak peek of The Philanthropist Premiere Episode