Houdini & Doyle is a new Fox series about the supposed real-life friendship between Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini. But turned into what looks like a case-of-the-week mystery thing, because… TV. It’s kinda X-Files maybe-supernatural style, though. The commercials made it seem like the House guy created it, but he’s just an executive producer. The actual creator did write about a dozen House episode though. As the actual man was, Houdini plays the skeptic, and Conan Doyle is the believer (I had to look that up, but apparently he was a believer in reality too). And there’s a girl, because it’d be too gay for network TV if it was just two dudes all the time. Stephen Mangan from Green Wing/Dirk Gently/Episodes is Arthur Conan Doyle, and the actor I will forever think of as Private Dancer plays Houdini, complete with the kind of Jew-fro hair. And I don’t know the lady cop from anything.
It’s not bad, but nothing too exciting. Probably if this was coming on in the fall, I wouldn’t bother with it. But as it’s starting as other series are starting to wind down, I’ll probably keep up with it since there won’t be much else on, and hope it gets better.