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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.


Jake Kasdan


Jake Kasdan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Mike Klein
Sigourney Weaver ... Lenny
Ioan Gruffudd ... Richard McCallister
Judy Greer ... Alice
Fran Kranz ... Zach Harper
Lindsay Sloane ... Laurel Simon
Justine Bateman ... Natalie Klein
Lucy Davis ... Chloe McCallister
Willie Garson ... Brian
M.C. Gainey ... Hutch
Wendle Josepher ... A.D.
Philip Rosenthal ... Exec. #1 / Cooper (as Phil Rosenthal)
David Doty David Doty ... Exec. #2 / Rose
Matt Price ... Exec. #3 / Berg
Simon Helberg ... TJ Goldman


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A place where dreams are canceled


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

28 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Call Me Crazy See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,531, 6 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$265,198, 15 July 2007
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sigourney Weaver's character was written as a man. It wasn't until late in pre-production that it was decided that the role of could actually be a woman instead. Still, no line was re-written for the gender change. Even the name Lenny was kept. See more »


Mike: If I don't worry about the content in my show, then I'm part of the problem. I'm making the world more mediocre!
Alice: I think that you're overstating the situation just a little bit.
Mike: But you've never seen "Taxi Driver"!
Alice: I am going to rent "The Taxi Driver", okay?
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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 »


References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »


Shake It
Written by Richard L. Garcia and Rosel Anton Minter
Performed by PMG
Courtesy of D2 Music
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Interesting concept, boring execution
20 October 2007 | by JoeB131See 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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