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I really like Aaron Sorkin's work. West Wing, Newsroom, A Few Good Men are some of my favourite pieces of script. So are the first 18 episodes of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The characters are incredibly well cast and developed, the writing is witty, funny and thought inspiring, with Sorkin's typical social commentary. I was overjoyed I had found this show and recommended it to many people after only a few episodes. However, the last four episodes, took a completely different turn. They are not funny at all. They present predictable drama, where tension is achieved only because we care about the great characters from earlier in the show. Moreover, Sorkin's typically highly intelligent, educated and politically aware protagonists are hell-bent on giving over ten million dollars of ransom to terrorists, throughout the whole four episodes and nobody considers it to be wrong, except a cocky army lieutenant. It was a great show, except a terrible slip-up at the end, so if you are thinking about watching it, I would advise you to stop after episode 18.
Tapped balloon, I don't think it would get up; even it wouldn't have been canceled. But the first part of the show is great, and sure, one of the best things done in TV about TV. It shows what that world really is; fighting for advisers (in USA more than anywhere due to all the lobbies they have) and how difficult is the making of a politically incorrect show). Episodes are entertaining based upon solid scripts and smart dialogs, very TV-maked; recipe proved good in "The west side of the White House". It shows us the diary making of a late night show and the relations between the staff and with other groups as executives, investment groups, lobbies The cast is not bad, Perry's character is made for him (he's Chandler at work), Paulsen is good at it as Weber. But I have to mention to Amanda Peet , one of the most perfect faces ever but with a career below the big expectations. I didn't like Whitford and Hughley, too stupid for me. Despise of the great beginning, soon starts the drop (proving 24 episodes per season and high independence level of the plot between episodes is an old fashion formula). Absurd relations; stupid friendship; too plain and stupid theological, political, racism or patriotism discussions; exaggerated situations; are themes which showed up through the show which ruined the beginning. Also that American moral whiff does not help out. As I have read in some reviews when you feel is going down, better quit.
Maybe Aaron Sorkin was out of his depths. He's not a comedy writer. He
writes drama. I'm not saying that writing for something like 'Saturday
Night Live' isn't dramatic. It's more like he doesn't understand the
mental state of a comedy writer, or the process of writing comedies.
Even though, he had help. It was his show, and he set the tone. His
type of dialog just didn't work.
The cast consists of Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, Steven Weber, D.L. Hughley, Sarah Paulson, Nathan Corddry, and Timothy Busfield. There's some comedians. Some even write jokes. But there are way too many serious actors. The big main actors aren't joke writers. They just don't have the mentality.
This lasted only 1 season. The cast never really worked as a group. They just don't have chemistry together. And the tone is all wrong. There is just too much serious preaching. It's just an ill-fitting show for Aaron and his dramatic actors.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip boxes set watched in under two weeks. I
find I can gauge better my views on a series if I see it completely
now. No missed episodes or interruptions answering the door or
I would say it would rile some this series as it wears it's Liberal credentials on it's sleeves via the main characters. The Saturday Night Live like world depicted is still lost on me. The need to test to almost destruction what is funny before finally being aired. Admittedly in SNL's case to great acclaim although again a shock horror story over the last few days to one segment that was just released via YouTube. I watched the piece and thought say what? Nothing to it but then Donald Trump allegedly is suing someone for doing what The Donald himself did. Only in America.
I smile at all these outspoken critics who fulminate against what they detest (Hey I am talking about me too) but I saw the original source of the SNL most recent take-down and it brings me back to Studio 60's running story of why both Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford's characters left Sudio 60 a few years before the time line in the 22 Episode series began.
Whether or not important parts of America, the affiliates, allegedly have a sense of humour.
Allegedly in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip series, no at least thrice, no. Seemed real America more closely watched these past 7 years hasn't either. Allegedly.
Danny Tripp and Matt Albie. Producer and writer duo. 2006-7.
This time line brought them back To National Broadcasting Service (NBS)to take over the weekly comedy show they had worked on years before. The former Head of Studio 60 had a Howard (Network) Beale meltdown on live air, censorship issues again and was required to depart in disgrace.
No need to discuss the various episodes in detail but a constant tussle was going on between artistic temperaments of producers, writer and actors with one episode where the absence of crew, yup artistic temperaments hurt, led to an Episode called the Disaster Show. And it was and The Show went On.
Personal lives were to be honest a mess. Tripp was an alcoholic with drug abuse issues too.
Albie and on-off-on-off again talented actress girl-friend, Harriet Hayes seemed to need the constant bickering that passed for conversation in their lives. One was very active religiously the other, Matt (Crazy Christians) Albie, not so much. So not a relationship completely made in "heaven of any sort". But it seemed even by the end of the series, they would still be together for a while. Harriet we were often told was Matt Albie's muse.
A male and female boss made up the other Main Characters. Jack Rudolph and Jordan McDeere.
There were towards the end of the series Four episodes that could have made a TV movie. A kidnapped whilst serving abroad brother and a pregnancy crisis. It did leave time to look back and see why the censorship issue is always with such shows. So many different groups can and will be offended by what is laughed at by such TV shows.
I recall all the ones I sat and watched in Great Britain and whilst there was outcry most of us over there laughed at the hopefully caricature of a ridiculous personality. Alf Garnett, Basil Fawlty or what ever that Jack Smethurst's character was called in Love Thy Neighbour. Eddie Booth IMDb tells me.
Archie Bunker was Alf Garnett originally was he not? So worth seeing as a series and I would have spent more time with the Aaron Sorkin characters. But as I said - real life is imitating the art that imitated real life in the first place. SNL.
OMG!!!! this is the best drama series i've ever seen i still can't
believe that it aired for only 1 season.
Awesome plot, Brilliant performances by Matthew seriously he played matt albie brilliantly Bradley was pretty good too but what surprised me was peet i m not really a big fan of her work but i just loved Jordan and not to forget steven and sarah they were pretty good too.
What i most liked about the show is that the story line is very gripping and some of the characters r just lovable
also this is 1 0f Sorkin's best work.I also hope that we can see some more of his good stuff.
As a citizen of Australia rather than of the TV-land that has become
the United States of America, it is in times such as these that it
becomes quite apparent to me just how an individual can hold a grudge.
A well-written and compelling production (as people surely have come to
expect from the dynamic team found in Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme)
that was backed by a versatile and rarely short on brilliant cast, one
would have hoped that the good people of America would have done the
rest of the world a favor and supported Studio 60. Perhaps it was the
layered story lines or the subtle instances of wit that burst from each
character's corner flawlessly that saw this drama be terminated, two
traits for which it instead should have been celebrated for.
However, if weakness must be discussed in relation to the show's demise, many would suggest that the sketch-show in which the real show was based upon didn't live up to the humor it was supposed to. Instead of delivering side-splitting laughs as heard by the show's studio audience, many were left to think that these sketches were only amusing at best.
Yet, the performances of the always charismatic duo in Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford as two young executive producers under pressure to produce a live show critiqued to no end drew the focus of the show. It is here that Perry demonstrated himself as being a far more competent actor than late 90s and early 00s sitcom, Friends, would have ever allowed him to be, and a role for which he should have brought upon him far more attention that he acquired.
Studio 60 on the sunset strip, though closed, will hopefully continue on in fans eyes.
Studio 60 is the perfect series because it has a fantastic cast, the
writing is top notch and there isn't a single episode in the one and
only season that I don't love. I'm amazed that it didn't return for a
second series but am thankful that Sorkin used the last episode to wrap
up all the loose ends and give the show the magical ending it needed.
Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitfords chemistry is fantastic and it is them who hold the show together while Sarah Paulson and Steven Weber are also on top form in their roles. The love story between Matt and Harriet is beautiful and the show within a show element in great.
Studio 60 is the best show that got cancelled ever and I have no doubt that it will become a cult classic in years to come.
I had never seen or heard of this series until I spotted in on Netflix.
All I can say is "wow, how did this only run for one season?". The
acting is excellent and that the cast are provided with great dialog
certainly helps. You have to follow the dialog closely to catch all the
zingers and wit.
Great look at "behind the scenes" Hollywood and the "business" of TV with a cast and characters that you would not necessarily expect to interact so seamlessly and provide both an excellent dramatic and comedic interplay (based on some of their earlier "dumbed down" TV roles). Check this series out. You won't be disappointed.
Aaron Sorkin has had a tough time with television, his first show
Sports Night never gained out a mass audience and was cancelled after 2
short series, he left the great show The West Wing under hostile
circumstances, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was cancelled after
one season because of low rating. This was a shame because this show
had a lot of potential that could have lasted 3 or 4 seasons.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is set about the events of the running of Studio 60, a Saturday Night Live type show, with the wider events of the National Broadcast Service (NBS). When Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet) takes over as the President of Entertainment programming she is thrown into crisis when the show runner of Studio 60 has a angry rant live on TV over the declaring quality of the state of Television and the nation. Her solution, hire Matt Albie (Matt Perry) and Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford), two former producers/writers to run the show, who left after showing a controversial sketch after 9/11. Within the show Jordan wants to improve the quality of NBS' programming, making more scripted shows, hiring more talented writers and avoiding low-quality reality shows that rely on the humiliation of people. The quality of Studio 60 also quickly rises. But there are problems on the way, facing the FCC, the religious right and conservatives who are always critical of Hollywood, studio executives who care more about profit then quality and want to avoid offending anyone, infighting in the show and their own personal lives. Matt is in the middle of a on-off relationship Harriet Hayes (Sarah Paulson), a committed Christian, with a strong following the Christain community, compared to Matt who is a East Coast Atheist Jew. Danny is a recovering drug addict and has affections for Jordan.
If you were an fan of the West Wing then you should like Studio 60. It is a witty dramedy, with a lot of substance. If you are interested in TV and Hollywood then the show would give you a good insight, and should appeal to an audience who long to see this version of Hollywood. The style of the show is very much like the West Wing, following a similar writing, dialogue driven style, with occasional flashbacks, and shot in a similar style. There are also returning West Wing cast members, like Matt Perry, Bradley Whitford and Timothy Busfield. This is a brilliant cast. Sorkin brings in his politics, criticising conservative Christians and the neo-Con who are too quick to criticise, judge and use fear to fulfil their agenda, the FCC for it's dogmatic view on moral and standards. There are criticisms about the Bush presidency and the wars in Iraq and Afghanstan. This was the West Wing mark II.
This was a great show and it was shame it never got a second series.
West Wing. Yes. The West Wing was one of the best things to come out of
America in along time, and S60 can maybe, just maybe contend of its
One thing I noticed, is the people who don't like it is that it "wasn't funny" and No, it wasn't. It was witty. Wit and funny are different, there are genuinely funny moments( the baby exploding for example) but I think that the pace of the dialouge and the strength of the dialouge and the stories. The likeablility of the characters as well, I like the characters in S60, from episode one i knew i liked Matt and Danny, didn't like Jack, liked Wes etc....and they have good back stories and it's well explained...
So yeah, S60 should still be on our TVs now, I should have series 5 of S60 sat here with me, but life is cruel, I still hang on to the 23 episodes we had, and i bask in the glory of its big brother....
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