Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 1 Season 2007

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21. K+R Part 3 TV-14 CC

Even more is revealed in flashback of how Matt and Danny were fired years ago.

Starring:
Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet
Runtime:
42 minutes
Original air date:
June 22, 2007

K+R Part 3

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Well cast, great writing.
Brenda L. Bolio
The banter between characters is fast, smart and very funny.
Clifford H Moll
Aaron Sorkin is one of the best (West Wing, etc.).
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137 of 141 people found the following review helpful By travelertc on July 5, 2007
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On the one hand, it didn't crackle the same way Sports Night or The West Wing did, and plot inconsistencies and occasional heavy handedness revealed a show that never fully trusted its truth. Still, I can't shake the feeling that Studio 60 is a link in an evolution toward a new, more complicated, more interesting television. NBC should have given it more time to find itself. Doing that would have benefitted the network, the audience, maybe even the society (that's a lot of pressure!)

Imperfections included, Studio 60 made me laugh, it made me cry, it literally made me cheer, and it did what Aaron Sorkin's work always does: celebrate the human condition (instead of tearing it down, as many shows do.) Like other Sorkin series, Studio 60 focused on people of good will doing their best to support each other and create something of value. I inevitably felt cleansed when I watched it, and I didn't clear the episodes from my DVR until the DVD was in my mailbox.

As for the DVD, I wish there had been more extras on it than the Pilot commentary, and a mini-documntary made early in the season. It would have been fascinating to hear Mr. Sorkin and his partner Tommy Schlamme have an honest discussion of the strengths and weaknesses, successes and demise of this show. What can be learned from the path Studio 60 traveled?

I hope Mr. Sorkin keeps on evolving, and keeps on writing television, plays and films (and books, too), 'cause his dialogue excites my mind, and his work fills my soul.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Lenard Marcus on June 28, 2007
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Just watched the last show. I still can't believe that it has been cancelled. Witty, intelligent, perhaps sometimes a bit "snotty" but always entertaining. Perhaps with all the drivel on television that now passes for entertainment, this show was just too smart and required the viewer to actually think about what was being presented, is why it failed. Could it actually be that if "West Wing" was first being premiered this fall that it would also not last one season? The chemistry between Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford needs to be seen. By the way, the ending was absolutely perfect. I really wish that one of the intelligent cable channels had picked this show up. How ironic that while Studio 60 was winding down, NBC had the nerve to show commercials for some really stupid show about singing bee?
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By DynomiteWins VINE VOICE on July 23, 2007
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Unlike most reviewers here, I had never watched a single episode of any other Sorkin project. The only reason I even watched it in the first place was because I left the TV on after Heroes and listened to it as I washed dishes. As time went on, I found that I would forget to watch Heroes on a regular basis, but would always remember to tune into Studio 60. I loved the entire cast. They made such an amazing ensemble - particularly Matthew Perry, whom I had never seen do anything on TV other than "Friends." I was blown away by his performance but truly I loved EVERYONE (well, not so much Sarah Paulson, but I can't tell if it was because her character was obnoxious or if she was obnoxious... I loved her because Matt Albie loved her.)

I will miss this show - I really think it could have gone somewhere if it was given the opportunity to breathe. It was mis-advertised as a comedy - which it wasn't, there were funny moments, but it wasn't a comedy. Many critics didn't like how the depiction of the behind the scenes world of television was so "unrealistic" - well, it doesn't seem to matter much when the world that is being portrayed unrealistically is an ER, Hospital room, politician's office, etc.

I enjoyed the drama, I held my breath, I laughed, I definitely cried, I loved every moment and at the close of each episode, I would always look at my husband and say "wow, what a great episode"

Sorry to see it go. I'm getting the DVDs.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Zuckerman on January 2, 2007
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I used to work in the biz... sit com production. So, I didn't want to watch this show because I thought it would just be another inside Hollywood show developed by people who are enamored by what they do and thinking it funny/engaging to the rest of the world. I was wrong and am now addicted to this show just like I was for a time to West Wing. The dialogue is so engaging and smart - why do so many of us turn on TV and tune out when this type of delightful character banter is available for consumption? I will weep when this show gets canceled. I'm rather certain that the content may prove to be too narrow to engage middle America which is so very sad because there is more to this show than just an insider's view into TV production. Watch it and see...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By psue-psue-psuedonym on December 28, 2006
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It's doomed.

Face it: their vocabulary is above elementary school level, the insider behavior is engaging and believable (except for their fictional ability to actually get smart and witty television on the air) and the historical and theatrical references are simultaneously witty and funny.

I found the visit by a blacklisted writer for Cid Caesar touching, and not even a little preachy (as some critics have accused). There is an abundance of drama (high and petty) and a paucity (oh, look it up) of slapstick. They deride the left, the right, the left for deriding the right, the law, the press... Everything except what every other cheap-shot comic in town is making fun of: Politicians, the daily paper and celebrities gone embarrassingly wild.

So who could watch this show? The usual sitcom fans would have to, at least once per episode, confess that they "didn't get that". The show is honest, thus immediately alienating the pretentious. The casual viewer would be lost after missing even one character-development-filled episode. The dialog is too fast for those on weed, and too subtle for those on meth.

Once you rule out the stupid, the pretentious, the lazy and the junkies it's just you and me watching the show, brother. And I don't think A.C. Nielsen will be impressed.
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