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Studio 60 vs the emperor's new clothes

It’s Monday night, so my TV quandary is: Am I ready to cut Studio 60 loose yet? Am I ready to admit that while the performances are great and the dialogue has its moments, a show about ‘the making of’ a comedy show can only be funny if … well, if it’s actually funny. Laugh out loud funny, not “See how well-educated I am? I’ll bet that went over the heads of the great unwashed” funny.

Seriously, how pretentious and preachy can they get before we all just start throwing things at the screen?

One gets the feeling they’re suggesting that the underlying show is a Saturday-Night-Live-type hilarious skit show, but where’s the hilarity? Where’s the slapstick that makes you groan? Where’s the goofy, self-deprecating humor? How can they take themselves so darned seriously and still expect us to consider them capable of understanding, much less duplicating, the mass appeal of shows like SNL or The Daily Show?

Here’s my thought – re-tool Studio 60 so that it’s a show about ‘the making of’ an erudite political point-counterpoint program. I honestly believe that everything would fall into place. And I also believe I’d love that new show and watch it faithfully.

Just please don’t make me watch this one any more. Please? Mondays are jarring enough as it is.


BTYL, Kate



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Oct. 31st, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
Kate wrote: re-tool Studio 60 so that it’s a show about ‘the making of’ an erudite political point-counterpoint program.

Ding! Genius! There was always something that felt inherently *wrong* when I first started watching Studio 60 and you nailed it right on the head. It's trying to be too smart. But if they did retool it to the making of a "Crossfire" type show, then yes, you're right. Everything would fall into place.

My Vince Flynn recommendation: read "Transfer of Power" first. That's the book about terrorists storming the White House. I loved it.

Are you watching HEROES by any chance?

Karm (hey, I remembered to sign my post!)
Nov. 12th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I posted a comment -- I thought -- days ago! Wonder where it is? Meanwhile, I decided against Heroes because the gimmick sounded like The4400. So I've missed a lot of episodes. I watched part of one last week and didn't get the appeal, but since you recommend it, I'll try again. The local newspaper guy has been raving about it too.

Do I need a new show? Not really. I already have five solid ones (Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, BSG, Supernatural, and the Daily Show) and need to save room for 24 (my favorite), Sopranos, Entourage and King of Queens, all of which will be back mid-season. I also watch Studio 60, Jericho and Lost, but only because I can't cut the cord. And if I notice Friday Night Lights is one (are on?) I watch it too. (I want to watch Shark, but keep missing it, so I should list that too)

But I"m willing to dump one or more of those for a show that actually works for me.

Thanks for stopping by!

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