Monday, October 30, 2006

Could It Be?

FOXNews.com - 'Studio 60’ Cancellation Imminent - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment

Last night watching the big Cowboys-Panthers game, I was surprised to see that NBC will be airing Friday Night Lights instead of Studio 60 tonight. But the article above, from Fox by way of Salon, makes me think it may be part of a bigger strategy.

If so, it's a sound one. The first few episodes were increasingly dull. Two more sit on my DVR, next to The Passion of the Christ, hogging space because, even though I feel like I should watch them, I don't want to. The show has been so pompous--and so incredibly unfunny--that it's hard to give Sorkin the benefit of the doubt any longer.

But, as the Fox writer notes, the show will have served one good function. It will remind folks in Hollywood that Matthew Perry is unfailingly great on TV. Find the man a show that works and I will watch it faithfully--and never let it sit on my DVR until it's replaced by too many recordings of The Young and the Restless.

2 comments:

McKenzie said...

I'm not ready to give up on it yet. Though I don't run home every monday night to watch it after class, I can't think of any show on tv that I can't wait to watch this year.

I enjoy the episodes, but I agree that they are trying way to hard to have the moral significance of an episode of the west wing, but the setting just doesn't support that kind of show. Its not nearly funny enough to get you through the heavy stuff.

I love Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford, and really enjoy Amanda Peete's part on the show. But great actors apparently can't make it a good show, no matter how much they try.

I like smart writing and interesting story lines, but not when there is a blinking sign over their heads telling me how smart the story lines are. Its a little too full of itself. Considering the setting for the show, its entirely too serious. It should be more like Sports Night, not West Wing.

Richard said...

I think you nailed it--more Sports Night, less West Wing. Aaron Sorkin has been in the business of putting on a show for so long that he forgets that, the subject matter of The West Wing aside, show business is NOT the highest calling known to man. What he does matters. But it doesn't matter as much as he seems to think it does--and that makes for a very self-aware show that is somehow stunningly unaware of how very unappealing it is.