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The TV Set (2006)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 28 April 2006 (USA)
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The story of a TV pilot as it goes through the Network TV process of casting, production and finally airing.

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Storyline

A television network is making a pilot of Mike's quirky comedy based on the aftermath of his brother's suicide. As the network suits ask for change after change, and as Mike struggles with compromise, there are strains on families, execs who show rushes to their children, leads who feel each other out, and assistants who put a smile on everything. Can an honest show get made in the world of reality TV chasing an audience of teen-aged boys? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A place where dreams are canceled

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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28 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$34,531 (USA) (6 April 2007)

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$265,550 (USA) (13 July 2007)
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In this movie, Sigourney Weaver plays a television network president. Weaver's father, Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., was for many years president of NBC; the writer and director of The TV Set (2006), Jake Kasdan, was a producer and writer on Freaks and Geeks (1999), which aired on NBC (albeit many years after Pat Weaver's retirement). See more »

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Richard McCallister: [Re scheduling] Why not "The Wexler Chronicles"?
Lenny: Against "Infidelity 101"? We'll get killed.
Richard McCallister: Well, we'll do better than we will with "Cheating Heart." You said so yourself, Lenny. "Sex will always beat disgusting foods. But in a fight between sex and sex, the sexier show will win," and they have the sexier show. Seems to me that the only way to counter them is to go with an actual scripted story with characters and... *stories* and things. If only for the 35-and-ups. At least we'll do some kind ...
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits an elimination round from the fictional reality show "Slut Wars" plays, featuring Seth Green as the host. See more »

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References American Splendor (2003) See more »

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Hold My Hand
Written by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim 'Soni' Sonefeld (as Jim Stonefield)
Performed by Hootie & the Blowfish (as Hootie & The Blowfish)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film and TV Licensing Group
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Interesting concept, boring execution
20 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this film was okay, but not great.

Certainly, it is a topic that can be mined for great comedy and social commentary. How does Hollywood, which has so many talented people in it, churn out such crap to put into our living rooms every night?

I think the producers here try to give us a behind the curtain look at that, but they don't really hit it with the edge that they could hit it with.

The plot is that Duchovny's character is a writer who creates a show about a lawyer who is touched by the death of his brother by suicide, and slowly watches as his original concept is bastardized by network executives. Network meddling turns a neat idea into a farce. First, they put in an actor the creator doesn't want, and his inadequacy ruins much of the chemistry. Then they change the premise, and finally the title.

The movie ends abruptly as the main character watches a clip for a show that looks nothing like his original idea.

It works on some levels, but on others, it kind of falls flat.

Sigourny Weaver is brilliant. Duchovny just doesn't work well in this role. You are supposed to get the idea of a man who makes Faustian bargains to get his vision on the air, and then has his vision destroyed. Duchovny's character never really expresses his passion for his original concept, so you don't care all that much when Weaver's character steamrollers him.

I find this interesting, because no doubt they cast Duchovny because of his name recognition. The premise is how a TV show can be ruined by bad casting when this movie was ruined by bad casting.


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