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"Feed the Beast" review by Suzanne 6/1/16
Tuesdays on AMC

This is a really good show. It is a lot of different things at once. Sometimes that doesn't work and a series collapses because it tries to do too many things at once (I've seen that with movies as well). It's often a big mess. This show is not. They do a good job juggling all of the different stories and people. This is not surprising because it's created and written by Clyde Phillips, who also did "Dexter."

The show is about food, and we see a lot of it. If you're on a diet, this might not be the show for you! There's a lot of talk about food, we see a lot of it cooked, and a lot of it eaten.

It's about family. Two NYC friends, Tommy (David Schimmer) and Dion (Jim Sturgess), who've been through a lot but are connected, not only by love, but by food. They used to own a restaurant, but Chef Dion burned it down while he was coked up (but there's a lot more to the story). Tommy's wife Rie also died, and he's coping with that. He also has a young son, TJ. Both Tommy and TJ are having a tough time. Tommy's drinking too much, and TJ is having problems in school.

Dion gets out of jail and is trying to avoid a gangster, Wolchik (Michael Gladis), that he owes money to because Wolchik was laundering his money in the restaurant that Dion burned down. Dion, who's a smooth, fast-talker in just about every way, convince Wolchik to let him open another restaurant, and he convinces Tommy to open it with him, to honor his dead wife.

Everything in this show has layers. There are secrets upon secrets. It's good to just sit back and enjoy the drama! You have to pay attention because there are a lot of characters, and many details. I admit that I was confused at first because I thought Tommy and Dion were brothers, not just friends.

Make sure to check it out!


AMC today announced that the network’s upcoming original series “Feed the Beast,” is set to premiere on Tuesday, May 31st at 10pm ET/PT. The series, starring David Schwimmer (“American Crime Story,” “Band of Brothers,” “Friends”) and Jim Sturgess (21, Across the UniverseCloud Atlas), is a drama about two best friends, Tommy Moran (Schwimmer), and Dion Patras (Sturgess) who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant. 

 “Feed the Beast” tells the story of Tommy (Schwimmer) and Dion (Sturgess) who are like brothers. With all the love – and all the complications – that comes with it. Dion can’t stay out of trouble. Tommy can’t move past it.  For two friends on the brink of losing everything, a dusty pipe dream of opening up an upscale restaurant in their hometown of the Bronx is all they have left to turn their lives around. 

Additional casting for the series includes Michael Gladis (“Mad Men,” “House of Lies”), who will play Patrick Woichik, aka The Tooth Fairy, the soft spoken, brutally intimidating local mobster with a penchant for pulling teeth; Lorenza Izzo (The Green Inferno, Sex Ed), who will play Pilar Herrera, a woman who meets Tommy in a grief group, and is desperately searching for true love; Christine Adams (Batman Begins, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), who will star as Tommy’s late wife Rie Moran, John Doman (“The Wire,” “The Affair”), who will play Tommy’s father Aidan Moran, a shrewd and ruthless businessman and unapologetic racist; and Elijah Jacob (“Spot On”) who will play Tommy’s ten year old son TJ Moran. 

Feed the Beast” is produced by AMC Studios and Lionsgate in association with Clyde Phillips Productions. Executive producers are Phillips, Henrik Ruben Genz (“Bankerot,” “Borgen”), Malene Blenkov (“Bankerot”) and Piv Bernth (“The Killing,” “Forbrydelsen” and “Bron/Broen”).

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Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with “Mad Men,” and six of the last eight with back-to-back honoree “Breaking Bad.” The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last three years with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s current original drama series include “The Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” “Hell on Wheels,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Humans,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands” and the forthcoming “The Night Manager,” “Feed the Beast,” “Preacher” and “The Son.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “The Making of The Mob,” “Comic Book Men” and the upcoming “Ride with Norman Reedus” and “The American West.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

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