Is Aaron Sorkin a brilliant enough writer to save two networks (the fictional NBS and the real NBC)? If the pilot episode is any barometer, the answer is a resounding YES!

STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP is everything this TV addict hoped for. In the same way in which he made us root for a fictional sportscentre (SPORTS NIGHT), and an idealized White House (THE WEST WING), Sorkin yet again creates an environment where viewers will be rooting for the underdog.

In the pilot episode we’re introduced to a critically acclaimed late night sketch show (not to be confused with Saturday Night Live!) that is on the brink of creative implosion (it’s no longer funny). After a public relations disaster that occurs in the opening scene (A ‘classic’ Sorkin lecture extolling the evils of television and how low networks have sunk to pandering to the lowers common denominator), it’s up to the newly appointed head of the network, Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet) to save both the network, and the show.

McDeere decides, against her bosses wishes (Steven Weber plays Jack Rudolph, the executive you’ll love to hate) to bring back the two men who led the show during its creative peak, Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) and Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford). The two must help bring the show they once loved back to prominence and respectability.

Like every Sorkin show, the decision to bring back Albie and Tripp will lead to romantic and political intanglements, but unfortunately, with only 44 minutes to play with, we’ll have to wait until future episodes to see sparks fly. Needless to say the pilot was everything a Sorkin show is known for. Fast pacing, smart dialogue and characters so idealized and likable that you can’t help but wish you could drop everything and go work as a lowly paid intern on the set of ‘Studio 60′ And clearly, I’m not the only one willing to drop everything to be apart of this show. Sorkin has assembled one of the most talented casts in recent memory to populate the set of STUDIO 60 including, Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson, D.L. Hughley, Nathan Corddry, Evan Handler, Carlos Jacott and Timmothy Busfield.

With STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP, it’s clear that Sorkin has hit another one out of the park. Let’s hope that an audience addicted to Dance competitions, singing contests, and reality TV, can make room for some quality TV that might, I dare say, actually make you think.

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  • http://watchwithintelligence.blogspot.com/ Literate

    It’s genious. Pure imaginative genious, and is by far the best new series of the fall 2006 series.

  • Chris

    It’s on my list to check out. I’m really looking forward to it. Matthew Perry is a favorite of mine.


  • http://www.thetvaddict.com thetvaddict

    Not to promote the illegal downloading/watching of TV shows before they air, but if you search around the net you can find the pilot episode lurking about. Again, not to encourage anyone, but there is a site with the word ‘tube’ in it that you may find it at – also rumour has it, that the pilot is floating around the torrent sites as well.

  • http://watchwithintelligence.blogspot.com/ Literate

    Yes, no TV site or blog is going to tell you to right out where and when to find deemed illegal content. But I would say it’s strictly a don’t ask, don’t tell kind of think.

  • Snowman

    Caught the pilot and now we have a great replacement for West Wing. It was fantastic. Fast paced, great tracking shots and all the Sorkin banter we expect. Lots of good surprises and tons of depth. Whitford, Perry and Busfield are all stand outs BUT the best surprise was the beautiful and endearing Amanda Peet. I never thought I would write this but she is extraordinary in the pilot. I will love tuning in to wtahc her and her performance. Big kudos to a great performance from Steven Webber as well.

    The fact/fiction crossovers are a lot of fun. No doubt this is one all TV Addicts will love.

    Like the West Wing I waill be tuning in with anticipation each week.

  • http://watchwithintelligence.typepad.com/ Literate

    Sadly, Warner Bros. has pulled the pilot off YouTube. Maybe it wasn’t all their idea to leak those pilots after all.

  • http://www.thetvaddict.com thetvaddict

    Frankly, I’m surprised it took them so long to pull it :)

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  • http://www.junkieweb.com mars_mg

    wasn’t nbc supposed to offer it on netflix soon?

    anyway, my sister and i loved the pilot. it sets the show up really well. great story, smart banter… and i just wanna say… i missed Matthew Perry so it’s great to see him working on a new series. :)

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