'Push, Nevada' Dares to Give IRS a Good Name

The Internal Revenue Service has a new hero. He is Jim Prufrock, the meek IRS agent portrayed by actor Derek Cecil as a champion of the hardworking taxpayer in the new ABC/Disney series, "Push, Nevada." The show premiered Tuesday night, well in advance of other network season premieres scheduled for the weeks to come, and it caught an audience hungry for new fare.

For those who remember David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" of several years ago, this show will seem like familiar territory. The offbeat characters, the quick scene changes, the eerie background music, and the puzzle pieces that don't quite seem to fit together are all here, but with an added prize. These are puzzle pieces that ultimately will fit together, and for one lucky fan willing to stick with the show all season and put the pieces together, a pot of gold waits at the end of the rainbow.

Two of the show's producers, actor Ben Affleck ("Good Will Hunting," "Pearl Harbor") and producer Sean Bailey ("The Best Laid Plans"), introduced the program with an announcement that the shows will follow a chase for the money stolen in the first episode. Other members of the production team are actor Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting") and producer Chris Moore ("American Pie"). As the plot unfolds and the clues are presented, one viewer will have an opportunity to win the $1 million jackpot at the end of the show's 13 episodes.

More than a mystery and a search for lost money, the quirky show presents Mr. Prufrock as the sympathetic and likeable IRS agent who gets caught in the thick of a strange plot. In one moving scene, Mr. Prufrock (the comparison of this character to T.S. Eliot's hero of the same name is apparently no coincidence) utters the following heartrending statement as the music wells in the background: "You, sir, are the reason decent people shoulder the albatross of an inequitable tax burden." He goes on to lambaste the criminal who dares to cheat on his taxes so that others have to carry a larger load. "My tenacity is infinite; my patience is everlasting. You will never escape me!" Can't you just see those words now, printed on plaques and banners, adorning the desks of IRS agents everywhere? A battle cry for the new millennium!

The premiere episode will be repeated on Thursday, September 19, followed by the second episode of the season.


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