I've started watching the old Syrian series "Wadi al Misk" (Valley of Musk - I think). It's quite interesting and even though the first few episodes are a bit slow, the script is quite good and with many amusing double entendres. I don't know much about al Maghout but the few works of his that I have watched have been great fun and quite philosophical at times. Although he's a product of more secular times, he's still highly relevant today and many of his criticisms (mostly of Arab governments and Syria's in particular) are still sadly valid. I have heard that he also wrote some books so if anybody can recommend any I'd be very grateful.