Saturday, February 15, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 2


 A Show That Should Never Have Been Cancelled


Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip


Set behind the scenes at an ailing late-night television sketch show, Studio 60 follows a genius writer-producer team (Perry and Bradley Whitford, West Wing's Josh Lyman), who are shipped in to return the show to its glory days. Amanda Peet plays the enlightened new network head who believes that 'the people who watch TV are no dumber than the people who make it'. This trio set about revitalising Studio 60 as the sharp, bold cultural totem it once was. 
The first few episodes of Studio 60 are as complete a piece of television entertainment as you could wish for. The dialogue, one of Sorkin's trademarks, fizzes with one-liners, and the performances have an instant depth.



For some reason, the ratings for this show plummeted quickly.  I thought this was a great cast, and with Aaron Sorkin (write of The West Wing) at the head, it should have been a home run.  But NBC only gave it 1 season and then pulled the plug.





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