EVERY NEW TELEVISION SEASON THERE'S ALWAYS ONE great new show that everyone hears lots of great things about, but for some reason, no one is watching. This season, that show appears to be "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." This new drama about late night sketch comedy, ala Saturday Night Live, is actually as funny as it is dramatic while focusing on the backstage romance, politics, and dynamic personalities of a live late night comedy show.
The Pilot Espisode starts as the fictional Studio 60 begins its 20th Anniversary episode. We see show producer Judd Hirsch have a verbal sparing match with someone from the networks "Standards and Practices" division over a scheduled skit. A few minutes later, after the show has started and live on a nationwide feed, Hirsch has an on-air meltdown in a scene that can only be described as a modern day version of the vintage Howard Beal (William Holden) "I'm Mad as Hell and I'm Not Going to Take It Anymore" speech from the 1976 classic movie "Network."
From there, you're off and running with a show that has the real potential to be the next big hit for NBC. The same people responsible entirely or in part for tv hits like The West Wing, Mad About You, Spin City, Boston Public, Ally McBeal, Friends, and movies like A Few Good Men, Malice, and The American President, has brought together an ensemble cast that has a resume that is as impressive as it is entertaining.
Some of the familiar faces on Studio 60 include : Amanda Peet "Syriana", Matthew Perry "Friends", Bradley Whitford "The West Wing", D.L. Hughley "The Hughleys", Nathan Corddry "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", Timothy Busfield "Thirtysomething", Steven Weber "Wings". In the Pilot Episode, we saw cameos from Judd Hirsch, Felicity Huffman, and Ed Asner.
If you missed the pilot episode NBC has made it available to view for free on their website. http://www.nbc.com/Studio_60_on_the_Sunset_Strip/ There are also trailers, behind the scenes video, interviews with the key players and a live blog that is active every Monday night. More show content is scheduled to be added soon as well.
If the writing, acting, and concept execution of the pilot is any indication, Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip should be good to go for a long and successful run. Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip, Monday nights on NBC, it's a cool new show worth checking out............
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Originally posted 9/22/06 on Yahoo 360