PALM ROYAL – Review by Susan Granger

Loosely inspired by Juliet McDaniels’ 2018 novel Mr. and Mrs. American Pie, the comedy series Palm Royale, set in the late 1960s, follows the misadventures of former Tennessee beauty queen Maxine Simmons (Kristen Wiig), a desperate social climber determined to join South Florida’s most elegant, exclusive country club. Created as a darkly comedic melodrama by showrunner Abe Sylvia, this flimsy, farcical, frivolous frolic starts out deceptively shallow but slowly builds in depth and intensity, incorporating a beached whale and an astronaut falling from the sky

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