OK, here goes...
I love smart television. I have HBO. I have it so I can watch smart television. I love The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rome, Entourage, Carnivale (RIP) and The Wire.
I like that many basic cable shows are breaking out and making a name for themselves, like The Shield.
I like that network programming is bucking their FCC and advertising prudes and airing challenging shows like LOST, 24, Heroes and yes, even House.
I like that edgy, laugh-track-free comedies like The Office and Scrubs (although I'm not a fan) have worked their way into the mainstream (RIP Arrested Development).
I don't deny Aaron Sorkin's genius in The West Wing or the hype created by his involvement in a new show. But I have to face the facts... Studio 60 sucked. What started out as a witty-dialog driven dramedy about sketch comedy turned into a boring, parallel love story between Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford's character. I thought the likability they built up in the first several episodes died over and over as they chased their respective love interests and ignored series-saving characters like DL Hughley and the guy whose brother was on The Daily Show. Sketch comedy is difficult to be funny in real life, let alone as part of a drama. Yeah, everyone criticized the crappiness of the sketches (supposedly brilliant as the brain-child of Matthew Perry alone on the show) but it was the characters, to me, that turned out unlikable. The conservative/liberal angle just didn't seem realistic enough (at least less real than James Carville and Mary Mataline or Bill Mahar and Ann Coulter) the production of the show itself took a backseat to the boring drama of the most boring characters.
In other words,, clever, witty, high-brow dialog can only get you so far. Nice try Sorkin. I'll be waiting on your next effort.
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