Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ashton Kutcher pimps "The Ranch": an audience comedy-satire about conservative values; on "Days", the ultimate humiliation of a villain in a burning bed


I sampled the Pilot, “Down the Road” (directed by David Trainer) of the Netflix series “The Ranch”, after Ashton Kutcher (“A+K”) pimped it on late night television (was it Fallon or Kimmel?)  The series, created by Dom Reo and Jim Patterson, is an audience comedy about a  Colorado rancher Beau Bennett )Sam Elliott) whose favorite son Colt (Ashton) returns home to help take over the ranch, from a semi-pro career as a quarterback apparently in Canadian pro football. I thought, isn’t that up Richard Harmon’s alley?

Kutcher says that the intention is to write a comedy about conservative values.  Technically, the series has the look of a soap, filmed on an indoor studio.

There is brother Rooster (maybe “Chickenman” – Danny Masterson), who says he deserves to be heard because he is a person.  There’s girlfriend Anny (Elisha Cuthbert) and matriarch Debra Winger.

There’s a great scene where Colt gets initiated (just before sex) in delivering a calf (by fisting), and saving the calf by CPR. At the end of the Pilot, the barn is set on fire by lightning, during a storm when Beau has “prayed” for rain to save his crops.



Kutcher is now 38 (that's old enough for the GOP to nominate him for president as a libertarian-like candidate, probably desirable for voters), but has an amazingly lean boyish and taut body.  His modest chest hair grew back in “regions” after being waxed for the movie “The Killers”.  He still looks like he’s 20.

The official site is here  (requires Netflix sign in).
 
On NBC's “Days of our Lives”, Monday, April 11, Abigail (Kate Mansi) douses escaped killer Ben Weston’s (Robert Scott Wilson) with kerosene and then sets his gams on fire, before the new Chad DiMera (Casey Deidrick) puts out the fire.  If Ben avoids the death chamber and spends the rest of his life in prison as the necktie killer, he’ll deal with the humiliation of prematurely bald legs, too.  How did they film this without hurting the actor?  It’s a fitting punishment for killing Will Horton. But “Days” has killed off a lot of its characters.  The death of a whiny Stefano when shot by Hope was wonderful.

Pictures: didn't come out well because of sun glare, but they are of an abandoned mental hospital in Crownsville, MD (near Annapolis).  The sign on the first picture refers to "Behavioral health".

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