“A sneak peek behind the scenes of the new CW show, All That Glitters, from acclaimed writer of “American Psycho” and “Less Than Zero”, Bret Easton Ellis. All That Glitters takes us into the lives of the hot, young, sexy and rich crowd that struggles with everyday life.” Okay, I did a double take too when I read the title and that Bret Easton Ellis was behind this. It’s Funny or Die. A spoof. For a brief moment, I imagined a world where a cool show like this, written by one of the most important modern authors, would actually be made.
Ellis’s popular novels are about vapid rich people doing horrible things: drugs, meaningless sex, models, serial murders, etc. While many of the stories have elements of humour, it is the kind of black comedy that is so realistic the audience almost forgets it’s satire. But not many of the adaptations of Ellis’s works are very good, or rather anywhere near as good as the written word. That’s why this Funny Or Die spoof rings so true — you can see the CW putting ‘All That Glitters’ in their line-up alongside ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘90210.’ However, unless Ellis falls on really hard times, it’s doubtful you’ll ever see him produce a TV series for any network beside HBO or Showtime, but I can dream.