Thursday, May 07, 2009

Re-Watching Studio 60

It was supposed to be the show to beat that year. Three years ago I think. This was the new show from Aaron Sorkin, his first tv show since he left The West Wing. It was a behind the scenes look at a thinly veiled Saturday Night Live. Also that year was the debut of 30 Rock, another show with a similar theme. Most of the critics were giving Studio 60 the edge.

Well, we all know how that ended up. Studio 60 is gone, after one season and 30 Rock is finishing up its third season. I have to admit that I've still failed to watch an entire episode of 30 Rock. It may be a great show, but what little I've seen has just never moved me to watch more. Maybe one day I'll sit down and watch an entire episode or two and see what the fuss is about.

I had high hopes for Studio 60. I loved The West Wing, I consider it one of the best shows ever on tv. I think Aaron Sorkin is a genius of a writer. But I remember somehow missing episodes of the show and not really worrying about catching the next one. I'd catch a show when I remembered it was on, but I wasn't that concerned about making sure that I did. And when the show was canceled I wasn't that upset. When it came out on DVD I passed.

Well, Best Buy just had it on sale for $15.00 so I couldn't pass it up. And since I've been off today and with nothing better to do I've been watching it. It's actually a very good show. Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford are great as the two leads. I think one of the problems with the show was that after coming off The West Wing where a character's decisions could literally change the world they wanted to have that same weight to the characters in Studio 60. Well, one was the White House, the other was Hollywood.

I've watched about five episodes so far and am really enjoying it. This is one of those shows that I think will be remembered as being better than people thought it was. If you get a chance check it out.
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Travis said...

I really liked this show and I wish they would have given it more of a chance. The cast was good and the characters pretty interesting.

There was a lot they could have explored about the culture of Hollywood.

JohnH985 said...

I agree, Trav. I'm on episode 13 or 14 and am really enjoying it. The characters are great and no one has an ear for dialouge like Sorkin does. I wish they had given it another year to try and grow its audience.

aims said...

I loved this show when it was on, and was sad that it didn't get picked up for more seasons. The writing was great! It's weird that the two shows came out that same season, on the same network, about a similar subject. 30 Rock is very funny, I laugh out loud at least twice an episode.

Have you caught any of Southland? Good characters, good writing. You might like it.

Starrlight said...

I really loved it and wished it had been allowed to grow a bit. But Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey are some harsh competition.

JohnH985 said...

I have finished watching the entire season and it was GREAT! I loved it. I really wish it had lasted more than one season.

Amy and Starrlight, I haven't watched 30 Rock yet. I really like Tina Fey and have been a fan of Alec Baldwin for a long time, but for some reason I've never watched an entire episode. I catch bits and pieces and whenever I catch these pieces I don't really like them, but I know that's really not fair, I need to sit down and watch a whole episode at least.

Haven't seen Southland yet, I'll try to give it a try.

Starrlight said...

30 Rock is pretty funny but frankly Alec and Tina and for that matter Justin Timberlake on SNL are my favorite. Oh and Andy Samberg. I loves Andy.

aims said...

Last week's SNL was awesome! JT is a comic genius; yes, I understand that the writers are more the genius, but damn, the whole show was v. funny.

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