"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"
Review by Suzanne 10/11/06
Great show! STUPID TITLE!! It's way too long and they had
to know people would just call it "Studio 60" anyway...
It is a very good show, however, so I hope people tune in
despite the bad name. It is a very entertaining show. Normally I don't
like the type of show where the writers/creators can't make up their minds about
whether the show is a comedy or drama. It usually ends up being bad in both
areas. This one somehow works. It could still be funnier, sure, but it's
still worth watching.
The show is about a group of people behind the scenes at a show
very similar to "Saturday Night Live". It's been on the air 20 years and
has lost both its edge and its ratings. In the pilot, the producer (like
Lorne Michaels, but played by Judd Hirsh) goes on the air live where he blasts
the show, the network, the government, artists--pretty much everyone--for
selling out. He gets fired and the new network president, a woman, hires
two past stars of the show to run it and write it (sort of like if Saturday
Night Live hired Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray to come back to run the show).
It is written by the same team who brought us "West Wing" and
"Sports Night", but it's more like the latter in tone. "Sports Night" was
another behind-the-scenes show about ESPN. The writing was uneven, but
clearly the writers learned more about writing a TV show when they did "West
Wing". Studio 60 shows that they haven't lost their comedic timing.
The shows stars Ex-Friends' Matthew Perry and ex-West Wing's
Bradley Whitford, but it has a large cast that includes many familiar and
interesting faces, such as Steven Weber ("Wings") and D.L. Hughley ("The
Hughleys"). You can expect fascinating guest-stars, too, playing themselves or
other characters. It is a fun show with snappy dialogue, good character
development, and many surprises in store, especially if you are fan of comedy
and television. I really hope it lasts because it is clearly one of the
best shows out there.
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