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September 18th, 2006


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11:22 pm - First TV addiction of the season:
I honestly didn't think I'd like this show that well. Of course the writing was going to be good, and I'm rather fond of behind-the-scene stories, but still. How interesting could it be?

Well.

I think the hour I just spent watching the pilot episode has already made me a fan of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.


First off, the writing isn't just good. It's brilliant like I haven't seen since--go figure--The West Wing.

The cast is also good. I already liked Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford, but Amanda Peet I hadn't ever really thought about. And already her bold, insightful executive is one of my favorite. "You gotta give her style points," as one character admiringly says.

Having Judd Hirsch in a guest role didn't hurt. :-)

The pace, the directing, the editing--swift, pointed, no moment wasted. Fast enough to challenge the viewer to keep up but not so fast you can't.

One of the main stars of the Studio 60 (SNL-like) show is a Christian, and from what I can see, she's very realistically portrayed, and that alone gets huge, huge points from me. We'll have to see how they handle the character, but right now I'm very excited about that.

And the clincher, the reason on top of those lovely things that I will probably be tuning in next week and the weeks after: Perry and Whitford click incredibly well, as a writer-director team who are also good friends. As you all know, I am a sucker for a good buddy show, and this one has promise.


Short version: The West Wing was the mythology of politics, complete with heroes. I think Sorkin is doing a similar thing with Studio 60; he wants to write a new mythology for Hollywood and the media. If you saw the episode, think about the teaser, and then tell me I'm wrong. :-)

Go watch this show.
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From:whitemartyr
Date:September 19th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
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I don't have cable!! Woe...
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From:scorptilicus
Date:September 19th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
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That already premiered last night? Whoopsy.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 19th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Uhoh. :-)

I imagine they'll be reairing the pilot sometime later this week; you should look into it!
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From:mistraltoes
Date:September 19th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Just saw it and loved it, for pretty much the same reasons you did. Mind you, with Timothy Busfield, Bradley Whitford, Judd Hirsch, and actual treatment of the intersection between religion, politics, and the arts, there wasn't much chance I wouldn't love it. If it stays this good, I'm hooked.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 20th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
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*holds out hand for high-five* Excellent. Fans together. :-)
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From:mistraltoes
Date:September 20th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
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::slaps you:: Er. Slaps your hand, anyway. :)
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From:jn_oscargrouch
Date:September 20th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
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I TOLD ya!!! I've watched it Four times. I can't get enough. And I've watched the teaser like 7 times. lol!
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 20th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
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You are slightly insane. But I understand the rewatching. :-)

I think Sorkin's shows are really different from a lot of stuff that gets put out on network (or cable) TV these days: you can't sell it on the concept. Really, you absolutely cannot. It's the writing and casting that sells it, and imho Studio 60 only got picked up because people figured that out with Sports Night and The West Wing, and Sorkin can just sell himself now.

Ah, Hollywood.

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