Not everybody can enjoy Robert Altman's dry-as-desert, dark-as-night wit, but for those who do, "Gun," Saturdays on ABC at 10 p.m., will be a welcome TV event.
Altman executive-produces the anthology that debuted last week and tentatively is scheduled to run six weeks. It follows one handgun in its travails through L.A. Something this high-concept hasn't been on television since "Twin Peaks" - so it might be a good sign that it's only running six episodes, i.e. "Twin Peaks" started off brilliantly, but soon was a bit too afflicted by creator David Lynch's sensibility. A different director will oversee each of "Gun's" installments, so it doesn't run the same risk of getting over-Altman-ised.
For now, it's a lot better than the new show, "Leaving L.A.," which precedes it. "L.A.," about a bunch of coroners and cops, is "Gun" with more pretension and less sharp sensibility.