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"Showville" review by Sundi
Airs Thursdays 9/8c on AMC

If America’s Got Talent and The Voice had an ugly step-cousin, AMC’s Showville would  wish to be as cool at that. The premise is simple and completely derivative: two vaguely famous “coaches,” Lisette Bustamante and Alex Mapa, travel to small towns around the US helping local acts prepare for a talent show to be performed for friends and neighbors. Oh, and there is an audition process that happens in the first ten minutes of the show, which leaves the rest of the hour a rush to get to know the talent and to care about who wins. Its not enough time. It has the requisite train-wreck acts, and the second hand embarrassment is rampant as the coaches pick four finalists. There is little that is new or exciting about this show, and it is so harried and takes on too much to keep us focused on what should be the heart of the show: the local competitors Even though its from AMC, it does not deliver on any of the promises this network has made with its other original programming.


This show seems too long and too short all at once. We are hurried through the coaching process of a magician, a renaissance festival performer, a side show duo, and a married duet that plays the penny whistle and harmonica (spoiler alert: the magician wins). While the acts are earnest and interesting and represent Holland, Michigan (and Americana) well, it doesn’t have much else to sustain it. The suspense is low as the town votes on their favorite act and the stakes are even lower since we can’t make sense of the bigger picture; what happens to the winner?. The winner wins $10,000, but we never hear how desperately they want it or how terribly they need it. Showville needs to clean its act up to compete with all the other talent shows out there and make a decision about what it wants to be. If it were up to me, it would be less about the competition, and more about the locals, showcasing their lives in juxtaposition with their talent.

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