TV review: Call Me Fitz

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Jason Priestley is back. Yes, that Jason Priestley, the guy who made his name by playing do-gooder Brandon Walsh on "90210."

This time he's doing a complete 180 as the arrogant, alcoholic ne'er-do-well Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick.

Fitz, a morally bankrupt used-car dealer, will do anything to secure a sell or some sex. Then a car accident releases his inner "conscience" in the form of Larry (Ernie Grunwald), an oddball on a mission to reform Fitz.

Priestly is unexpectedly strong and refreshing in a role that's part Hank Moody from "Californication" and part Frank Gallagher from "Shameless." Plus, the premise has a fun existential ring to it. I only wish the laughs were stronger.

"Call Me Fitz"

Premieres 9 p.m. tonight on DirecTV's 101 Network

3 stars out of 4