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SHUT EYE
December 7, 2016  | By David Bianculli

Hulu, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: The newest Hulu drama series, streaming beginning today, is a very slick little TV production: looking sunny, presented glibly, and with a subject matter, about scheming psychics, that’s ripe for picking in the right hands. And the right hands, at the center of this new show, is Jeffrey Donovan, whose laid-back swagger was on view for several successful seasons on USA’s Burn Notice. This new series introduces him as a likable rogue, but one who’s under the thumb of the psychic-scammers equivalent of the mob. Isabella Rossellini plays the matriarch of that weird clan of modern gypsies and thieves – but when Donovan’s Charlie Haverford gets a mild concussion, then gets pulled accidentally into a riptide of a hypnosis session, emerges with a new, less larcenous personality. It’s almost like Breaking Bad in reverse – but as Charlie breaks good, will it take?

 
 
 
 
 
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