Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, More4

by | Jul 23, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

We liked it so much that we’re already fearing withdrawal symptoms when we reach the end of this drama set behind the scenes of a Friday Night Project-like show (those stupid US TV executives pulled it after just one series)

What was good about it?

• Adam Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing, brings a lot of the qualities from that much-missed drama: a fine ensemble cast playing a mix of brittle characters who rush around a lot and make Very Important Decisions for a living (eg is Peripheral Vision Man funny enough for a TV entertainment show?).

• Felicity Huffman guesting as the guest host who realises she’ll need to wear the slutty dress because the monologue manufactured by the writing team isn’t funny.

• Judd Hirsch as the TV executive who replicates Peter Finch’s memorable rant in Network after the powers that be reject a hard-hitting satire on Christianity. He breaks into the live show to unleash his fury about the lack of free speech on TV ( “This show used to be cutting-edge political and social satire, but it’s gotten lobotomised by a candy-ass broadcast network hell-bent on doing nothing to challenge their audience.”) – but only after a battle to convince the giggling audience he’s not joking.

• Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford’s double act as the unhinged writer-producer team Matt and Danny, brought in to save the show from blandness.

• It is smart, dramatic and entertaining throughout – the pace doesn’t drop for a second.

What was bad about it?

• It’s nice to have our liberal views reinforced – and, boy, this programme does that – but we wouldn’t mind hearing an opposing viewpoint coming through stronger than it did here. It all got a bit too smug.

• Amanda Peet as the newly hired TV executive Jordan McDeere is far too fairy taley, a serenely smiling beauty sprinkling stardust on troubled waters.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

23/07/2007

Editor of the website and host of the podcast. A general TV obsessive. I've been running the site since 2008 and you can usually find me in front of the TV. My Favourite show of all time is Breaking Bad with Cracker coming a close second. I feel so passionately that television can change the world and I'm doing my little bit by running this site. You're Welcome!

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