Tonight’s STUDIO 60: Best Episode Yet

I don’t ask much of my readers, but today I’d like to take a moment to highlight tonight’s episode of STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP — and plead you to watch. The Christmas themed episode features an attempt by Matt to bring the spirit of Christmas to Los Angeles and Danny trying to comprehend his true feelings for Jordan. The episode is classic Sorkin and is on par with the best of THE WEST WING and SPORTS NIGHT.

You’ll laugh at the hilarious ‘To Catch A Predator’ sketch featuring Santa. You’ll love Danny dealing with his feelings for Jordan. And unless your heart is made of stone you’ll most definitely tear up during the show’s final moments.

This TV Addict give the episode FIVE STARS (out of FIVE) and makes it his MUST WATCH hour of TV tonight.

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  • Todd W in NC

    I’m one of those regular and loyal yet skeptical and occasionally disappointed viewers of Studio 60, but the hype about tonight’s epsidoe has me anxious.

    There’s also positive hype for it over at At Ain’t It Cool News. Four reviewers there got to see it early. One of them gave the episode 4.5 out of 5 stars, and the other three people gave it a perfect score of 5. (I think the Studio 60 reviews at AICN are Canadians. Does Canada show episodes earlier than Monday night or a week ahead of time? Just curious.)

    So, it sounds pretty unanimous. It must be a an excellent, or at least above average, episode. I’m looking forward to seeing what transpires.

  • thetvaddict

    Canadians get to see STUDIO 60 one day early at 10pm on Sundays on CTV. Todd, the episode is excellent and well worth your time. Tune in and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

  • Cristy

    Loved the episode. Especially the debate between popular knowledge of Jesus and Christmas and the truth of Jesus and Christmas. Not the mention the fact that Danny, Matt and Jack all share their feelings :)

  • thetvaddict

    Cristy… thanks for the comment. But don’t scare off the potential audience! Folks, don’t worry, the episode doesn’t come off as preachy or condescending at all! :)

  • JunaD

    Studio 60 is a great show and I watch it every week. It’s good to hear some positive things about it. My DVR is already set for series recording.

  • Common Sense

    Okay, man…I will sample the show for the first time. But mainly because, with Prison Break on hiatus, the Monday schedule is pretty weak. Oh for those Mondays when you could count on EVERWOOD to deliver a quality hour.

    I warn you, if I get hooked on Studio 60, I’ll be ticked.

  • thetvaddict

    Common Sense – make sure to post tomorrow and let me know how much you loved the episode.

  • Paul

    fantastic episode!

  • tcgc

    Great episode, but why do they insist on promoting other nbc shows? It seems out of Sorkin’s vision to do that…or perhaps just like the show, the board of directors for Universal is mandating this. Any thoughts?

  • thetvaddict

    NBC definitely doesn’t frown on cross-promotion! 30 ROCK is essentially a giant infomercial for NBC. While I’m sure it’s not mandated, constant cross-promotion is no doubt subtly encouraged by the network brass. Remember who hosted last week’s STUDIO 60…. DEAL OR NO DEAL’s Howie Mandell… coincidence, I think not….

    and if it keeps STUDIO 60 and 30 ROCK on the air longer, this TV addict is fine with it!

  • tcgc

    I am fine with it as well. I guess that episode on on-air company promotions stated sorkin’s opinion. I didn’t watch The West Wing, was their cross promotion on that show? It is probably the format of Studio 60 that allows for more of it. I can’t stand Howie Mandell anyways. All those new game shows are annoying! lol.

  • Janice 1997

    *spoiler alert* While I no doubt will be severely chastised by our fearless blog leader thetvaddict himself, I must respectfully disagree with his assessment of last night’s episode, which I found uneven. Let me start with what I liked: the music theme, fabulous and timely. I also agree with Cristy that the discussion regarding Jesus and Christmas was amazing. I also thought Jack was endearing. My problem was that I felt throughout the episode that they were trying to neatly sum up all the personal problems each individual had in one cute Christmas themed episode. The Matt and Danny storylines, combined with ALL the others, made for too much at one time. I found it a bit patronizing, frankly. And also Timothy Busfield is far too talented to have an entire show centered around the acquisition of coconuts.

  • Bridget

    Awesome episode! The to catch a predator sketch was hillarious!!! I also like that they arent gonna drag out Danny and Jordan like they do with Harriet and Matt. I think this show continues to improve each week. I hope it gets a chance for a 2nd season;) I i enjoyed Matt tonight he seemed mroe lighthearted and less cynical. Heres hoping the quality continues to increase!

  • Cristy

    Janice 1997, here is where I disagreee. Ever seen an episode of Sports Night of The West Wing? This is what Sorkin does, just like Amy Palladino did, – overkill. Combining massive amounts of witty dialogue and great stories into not-that-long-episodes. I love the way he alternates record amounts of plot!

  • Todd W in NC

    TVAddict, I’m sorry to say, but despite your guarantee, I was, in fact, disappointed. I have to agree with Janice that it was uneven. Like so many previous episodes, it was a mixed bag of good stuff and bad stuff.

    What Was Good:
    – The Danny & Jordan interaction at the beginning
    – Danny’s admission of love that seemed premature but well delivered
    – Jordan eating everything in sight
    – Matt pulling Harriet aside to kiss her
    – The New Orleans musicians

    What Was Bad:
    – The constant nitpicking over the calendar system, the timing of Jesus’s birth, and whether the star of Bethlehem was a star or a comet (I wasn’t offended by it at all, but the obsession with it just felt like beating a dead horse)
    – How everyone acts like Christmas is some kind of alien festival that no one knows how to celebrate or write sketches about just because they’re in California
    – The fact that the only one person has Christmas spirit even though he’s Jewish
    – Cal’s obsession with the coconuts and the cracking of the table in half
    – So much going on in one episode that the FCC violation subplot feels under-developed
    – The scene where Simon & Harriet are practicing a couple jokes on their News 60 cue cards; both jokes are way too long and not funny at all

    Sorry, maybe all the hype about this episode made me expect too much out of it. Also, after the excellent Heroes episode that came before it, maybe I was bound to be disappointed by Studio 60 in comparison.

    So far, I think the best material of this season was the “West Coast Feed” episode and the last five minutes of part two of the Parump, Nevada, two-parter (just those five minutes alone had two laugh-out-load moments). The Christmas episode would rank somewhere in the middle for me.

  • Kayleigh

    The music was amazing. I would love to be able to find a copy of it somewhere. Does anyone know?
    I think Sorkin is amazing and I love the show, as I loved Sports Night and The West Wing.