To inaugurate this new feature, feast your television sensibilities on the following commentary—courtesy of Maggie Cats—on the brilliant Aaron Sorkin's newest vehicle: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Aww, Aaron Sorkin, how I have missed you. Your snappy, quick-paced dialogue, your loving characterization, your ability to preach for hours on end about the evils of the world. Welcome back!
I enjoyed the Studio 60 pilot; I found it interesting, well-paced, and mostly set-up for what I am sure will be a fantastic series. I think the problems the pilot had are the problems any pilot has; there is a lot of exposition in the form of characters telling each other things and trying to explain why they would need to tell each other them. But any show that starts out with Judd Hirsch is ok by me! And now he can go back to Numb3rs where he belongs. I figured this show would be entertaining when my mother (who has the attention span of a gnat…no, seriously, an actual gnat, it’s scientifically proven) declared that she had to pause the show to go get her glasses to ensure she wouldn’t miss anything, instead of just wandering off for 10 minutes as she usually does. She also misses like half the dialogue on Sorkin shows and asks me what happened and then I tell her and miss the next 5 minutes of dialogue. You know, come to think of it, perhaps I shouldn’t watch tv with my mom anymore.
The point is, if you liked West Wing, you’ll like Studio 60, although there are some differences. It takes place in more than one building, it has awesome music (woot David Bowie and Queen!), and the atmosphere is more hip and casual. However, it is still comprised mostly of people walking quickly and talking and it has Bradley Whitford and his adorable dimples which automatically makes it worthwhile in my book. So I will definitely be checking out Studio 60 as long as it’s on the air, which hopefully will be as long as Sorkin is around to write it. But one word of warning: railing against the television industry and telling me how your characters are better than that is fine, and it fit with the plot of the show so I am ok with it for the pilot. But it will get tiresome if the show goes that direction every week. I’m keeping my eye on you, Sorkin.
Random comment: Which one is Matt and which one is Danny? Can anybody tell which is which?