TV Show Reviews
"Impastor" review by Suzanne
Premieres Wednesday, 10:30pm, July 15 on FX
I've been looking forward to this show because I loved
the star, Michael Rosenbaum, in "Smallville"
years ago, and I'm happy to say that it didn't disappoint.
It's a good show with plenty of laughs. That doesn't happen
very often on TV any more. Most shows don't make me laugh
The premise of the show is that this loser guy, Buddy
(Rosenbaum), decides to kill himself because his life is
messed up. He owes money to some thugs, and his girlfriend
has had it with him. However, fate (or God, or whomever)
intervenes, so he ends up stealing the identity of this dead
gay pastor who was on his way to a new job in a small town.
Buddy just wants to steal the dead guy's money and leave
town, but things don't go quite as he planned. The fun comes
from watching him try to fit in as a pastor when he knows
very little about religion or the bible, and he's not gay.
It's a fun fish-out-of-water show.
Now, you may think that being a show on TV Land, it's not
going to be all that funny, or it's going to be an
old-fashioned type of show. Well, you'd be wrong. This is an
edgy show that uses four letter words and talks about doing
drugs, among other things. However, they are fairly reverent
(pardon the pun) when it comes to religion and the community
Buddy has joined. They are never disrespectful to religious
people or religion. This is not something I care about, but
I know many people who would care about that.
The great veteran comedy talent David Rasche ("Sledgehammer,"
"Veep," "Rubicon," "Bored to Death") plays a church elder
that isn't sure at first about the new pastor. He clearly
didn't want a gay pastor in the first place, but he was
outvoted. Somehow in this TV world, a small, conservative
Christian community is fine with a gay pastor (although,
they said he shouldn't actually act on his homosexuality;
I'm not sure if that is something that really happens or
not). But TV silliness aside, the characters are very
likable (especially Rosenbaum), and the show is hilarious.
Make sure to check it out!
TVLAND is no longer the network for conservative old
people. Good for them! I'm old (53), but I like edgier
shows. I don't mind 4 letter words. As long as it's funny,
they should go for it. I enjoyed some of the other TVLAND
shows, like "Hot in Cleveland," but none of them have been
all that funny. I only watched them because I liked the
actors or the guest-stars from the 70's. I'd rather have
good comedy. They can bring back Bettty White,
is a dark comedy from Christopher Vane (“Wings”) starring
Michael Rosenbaum as Buddy Dobbs, a slacker on the run
from his gambling debt. Just when he’s about to end his
misery and jump off a bridge, a reverend shows up and talks
him down. When the reverend slips off the bridge and falls
to his death, he leaves Buddy with the unlikely opportunity
to steal the man’s identity and pose as the new gay
pastor of a small, tight-knight
town, leaving his bartender ex-girlfriend Leanne (Aimee
Garcia) to clean up the huge mess he left behind. Buddy
begins to settle into his new life as a
pastor with the help of his preppy new assistant Dora
(Sara Rue), alluring church treasurer Alexa (Mircea
Monroe) and enthusiastic secretary Russell (Mike
but the church president, Alden Schmidt (David Rasche)
senses that something isn’t quite right. Curing sex crazed
teenagers, stealing kids’ weed and reading Bible scripture
may not be a bad gig for Buddy after all. Only time will
tell how long he can keep up the façade. “Impastor”
is executive produced by Vane and Rosenbaum, along with Eric
and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”) and Rob Greenberg
(“How I Met Your Mother”).
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