On Wednesday I received through Netflix, the pilot episode of the new Aaron Sorkin show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Many argue (I am one of these) that Sorkin is the best writer in television. His dialogue is crisp and quick, and it tends to have a cadence to it. In my opinion, his dialogue more closely resembles the speech patterns of real people, except that there is no way real people are consistantly this smart and witty.
That being said, I was really impressed with this show. Since I’ve been excited about it for nearly a year, the fact that it exceeding my expectations is a pretty big deal. The show stars Matthew Perry (Friends), Bradley Whitford (West Wing), Amanda Peet (Saving Silverman), Steven Webber (Wings) Timothy Busfield (West Wing) as well as Sarah Paulson, DL Hughley, Nate Corrdry (The Daily Show), and has a guest appearances from Felicity Huffman (playing herself) and Judd Hersch. A stellar cast, great cinematography from Sorkin friend Thomas Schlamme (West Wing, Sports Night) and of course, amazing writing will make this show a hit from the very beginning.
September 18 couldn’t come any sooner.