Bryan F. Irrera (bfirrera) wrote,
Bryan F. Irrera

Pilot Review - Studio 60 on Sunset Strip

To be airing in the fall, Monday nights 10:00pm:

Studio 60 on Sunset Strip. This is the Aaron Sorkin "dramedy" version of the show based on SNL, as opposed to Tina Fey's "30 Rock" (which will air Wednesday nights 8:30pm).

WATCH THIS SHOW! This show is the epitome of what "Saturday Night Live" needs to be today. It's smart and funny and goes against the grain. It's not afraid to offend. The real "Saturday Night Live" has been running on steam for years, cowtowing to the sponsors and Standards/Practices. They've let themselves get so watered-down, it's nearly impossible to remember the rogue years of the original Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players.

There's a great cast: Amanda Peet, Steven Weber, Matthew Perry, Donna Murphy, Ed Asner...

the premise: the "Lorne Michaels" stand-in character goes all "Network"/"I'm Mad As Hell and I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore" on live television (played by Judd Hirsch). It happens right after the S/P guy forces the producer to drop a potentially offensive sketch from airing (for fears of backlash from the FCC and the "Focus on the Family" assholes who want to make decisions for the rest of us about what we can and can't see rather than solely changing their own channel or turning their own televisions off).

The network has to scramble to get this show reorganized now that the "Lorne" character has been fired (of course).

Good set up. Witty dialogue. Good acting.

I want to see more.

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