Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"Nip/Tuck's Hollywood Makeover Looks Good"

News on Nip/Tuck's fifth season from

If ever a show needed a lift, cosmetic or otherwise, it was Nip/Tuck after last season, when it really began showing its age with subplots that were either too ludicrous (kidney-stealing sirens) or tiresome (libidinous nannies) for words. Most of the core relationships had decayed beyond repair, so what better solution than a change of scene?
And where better for the bad boys of plastic surgery to relocate for Season 5 than Beverly Hills? It's a deluxe world where image is everything, celebrity equals power, and fame is nearly as fleeting as the commodity McNamara/Troy is selling: beauty.

It takes no time for these hot docs to go Hollywood, freelancing as technical advisers on an overheated TV medical drama, where they must calm the nerves of a desperate producer (Oliver Platt, hilarious) and a demanding diva hunk (Alias' Bradley Cooper, a scream). This satirical subplot gives Nip/Tuck free rein to mock its own excesses while getting under the skin of a notoriously insecure industry.

The new setting and a fresh, swank look help restore energy and a sense of freakish fun to what had become a morose melodrama. By the time Christian and Sean (the charismatic duo of Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh) find themselves catering to rival Marilyn Monroe impersonators in Episode 2, Nip/Tuck has returned to its twisted, graphic glory.

The guest stars are terrific: Jennifer Coolidge as an actress re-creating one of the docs' most notorious cases; Craig Bierko as a studio head who privately prefers to take orders; and Lauren Hutton as a fiery publicist who puts our heroes on the map. When Sean, who has always operated in Christian's flashy shadow, emerges as the hotter new flavor, the ensuing ego war is far from pretty. But it is gorgeously entertaining. These transplanted doctors are looking good.

Nip/Tuck airs Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET on FX.

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