The first, brief, season of this addictive primetime soap arrived on DVD today, and despite the fact that it only aired ten episodes, it managed to amass a healthy amount of extras to fill out its debut DVD set. Now, not all of them are super-compelling -- in fact, one of them bored me to tears -- but I give them bonus points for trying.
If you missed this series in its short run last fall (before it was yanked off the air because of the writers strike) it's easy to catch up with the posh lives of the über-rich socialite family, The Darlings. The social elite live and breathe New York money, with only the help of their family lawyer Nick (who's got daddy issues galore) to act as their moral compass. It's juicy and good, and the cast is just so damned pretty to look at.
If you, like me, have been desperately awaiting more, I advise you head directly to "Enter the Penthouse: A VIP Tour" and check out how the amazing set designer came up with the Darling family abode on the cheap. Mere mortals may be able to afford some of these lavish styles (I want that glass bubble chandelier!). And then hop on over to "Haute Couture: Dressing the Darlings," which is the companion piece, all about the clothes. I will now be staring at Donald Sutherland's feet, because apparently his shoes are very fancy.
If you are a newbie, you may want to test the waters with "Road to Excess: Making Dirty Sexy Money." It's like DSM 101. With interviews with the cast about their characters, etc... I found it unnecessary, but if you just want to stare at Peter Krause talking for a while... go for it.
One interview I did really love though was in the segment "The Other Woman: Candis Cayne," which put the spotlight on the fabulous transgender actress who plays Carmelita. She's playing the transsexual hottie who is having a steamy affair with Billy Baldwin's senator in training, Patrick. There's a lot of chat about casting and even some on the street interviews about why people really love her character. Perhaps it is because Patrick's actual wife is a cold bitch? Maybe that's just me.
There's commentary on a few of the episodes. I didn't make it through all of them, because, well, commentary just isn't my favorite thing, but there's a big group of people and they all really, really seem to have a great time making this show sing. There's also the obligatory deleted scenes... most of which go on way too long. And in my book, watching Samaire Armstrong's Juliet in a snit is not something I needed to see more of. So glad she'll be pouting less this coming season. Oh, and watching Nick (Krause's character) sweetly put his daughter to bed was endearing and made me like him even more.
The best of the bunch? "Tripp Ups: Dirty Sexy Bloopers." Appropriately named for Sutherland's character, because while he is in few of the flubs, the final shot of is of Sutherland's Tripp looking very unique in an item from Juliet's closet.
And extra credit to the graphics department, who clearly had fun with the episode guide sleeve, which is done up like a trashy tabloid with stories on the entire cast. Very clever.
Watch a bonus clip from the show below.