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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.

Director:

Jake Kasdan

Writer:

Jake Kasdan
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Cast

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
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A place where dreams are canceled

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Call Me Crazy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,531, 6 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$265,198, 15 July 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Lenny was written with Ben Stiller in mind. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References Weekend at Bernie's (1989) See more »

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Our New President
Composed by Gregor Narholz
Courtesy of Associated Production Music, LLC
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Fast paced, hilarious film
11 August 2006 | by se7en187See all my reviews

I saw this at the Traverse City Film Festival and it was one of my favorite films there.

David Duchovny has written a great script for a new TV show and the studio wants to make the pilot. Unfortunately, before it airs, they want to make some changes to his script. The film follows the script as it goes from one hand to another before it gets turned into the perfect TV sitcom.

The cast is excellent. David Duchovny does a great job as the lead, we all relate to him because we all want to see something new, not just the same clichéd sitcom premise. The TV show cast is great, from the opening moments in the film when they audition for the parts, all of their scenes are perfect. And Sigourney Weaver steals the show playing the evil network boss, every time she's on the screen it's impossible not to laugh.

Jake Kasdan was at the screening and told us afterward that most of the stuff shown in the film has happened to him before on several pilots he's worked on. It's sad that things like this still take place, that so many shows keep dumbing down and are afraid to be different. Hopefully TV executives will take a look at this film and get some ideas.

By the way, be sure to stay for the closing credits.

9 / 10


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