I didn't think I would like this show, but it's pretty
entertaining. Country singer and reality
show actor Billy Ray Cyrus stars as a washed-up singer and
Elvis imitator, Burnin' Vernon, who parties hard and goes to
jail. When he gets out, he finds out that he has a
15-year-old daughter that he never knew about. Also, he has
to do community service in the small Tennessee town where
she lives. He goes to do his community service and
takes advantage of the blind minister who is waiting for a
new minister to come help him out. Vernon poses as the
minister (just like the character on TVLAND's "Impastor",
but not gay) and gets a friend from jail to help him out
with his ruse. He's happy to get paid and a place to live
while he tries to work things out with his daughter.
Some of the show is cringe-worthy, but Vernon's BS attitude
is endearing and fun. I didn't know Cyrus could really act,
and he does a great job here as the big-mouthed jerk who
tries to win everyone over and get his own way. He's
supported by a good company of experienced actors as well,
including Joey Lauren Adams as Debbie, his daughter's mom;
Leslie David Baker as Curtis, the blind minister; and
Madison Iseman, who plays his daughter Charlotte (She's also
on "The Real O'Neals" on ABC).
I'm not saying it's
the best comedy I've ever seen, but it's a lot of fun. You
want to keep watching to see how Vernon does. Does he get
his way? Does he grow as a human being? Does he get back
together with Debbie? Only watch if you can stand the people
in the show because these are very broad characters,
I'm sorry this review is so late.
The show started June 12, but I was in the middle of moving,
so I'm trying to catch up.
Still The King features Billy Ray Cyrus as
Vernon Brownmule, aka "Burnin' Vernon," a
scandal-ridden, washed-up, one-hit-wonder who was
kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years
later as the second best Elvis impersonator around.
After crashing into an old country church sign
during a drunken bender, he is arrested and
sentenced to return and serve as the church's
handyman as part of his parole. Along the way, he
pretends to be the congregation's new minister and
reconnects with a former one-night-stand (Joey
Lauren Adams), when he learns he has a 15-year-old
daughter (Madison Iseman) he's never met.
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