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A step in the evolution of television.,
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This review is from: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - The Complete Series (DVD)
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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Initial post: Sep 2, 2007, 9:10:35 AM PDT
I don't necessarily think this was a step in the evolution of television but a throw-back to what network dramas once were--smartly written and well acted. You don't find that on TV anymore since it it much cheaper to produce "reality"-based programming. I do agree that Studio 60 didn't hit the mark every week (even as a Christian, the middle part of the series just made me want to scream "enough about being a Christian!") but considering the other shows out there, it was of a handful of intelligent programs to watch. Networks don't have the patience they once did (think NBC and CHeers). I've given up on the networks and will rely on Science Fiction since that television writing still has imagination, but since NBC bought the Sci Fi Network, I'm more likely to see WWE on that channel instead of well-executed dramas.
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