Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip –
Let me preface this with the fact that I think Aaron Sorkin is the most brilliant writer television has ever seen. Ever. But Studio 60 has left me wondering… has Sorkin passed his peak, or does he just need a fresh batch of Magic Mushrooms to write some good TV.
The show has plenty of potential. The dialogue has been crisp and the characters are coming alive, but something is lacking and I can’t quite put my finger on it. It could be the fact that so much backstory has been exposed in these first 5 episodes. What’s amazing about the back story is that this show is literally an autobiography of Sorkin. For someone who doesn’t know his story over the past ten years, these plot lines probably seem fresh, but for someone who knows his history and has watched West Wing and Sports Night, we know exactly what’s going on and its kinda egotistical.
Overall, I’m not giving up hope. However, if Sorkin can’t pull the ratings up by the thirteenth episode, I imagine that this will get dropped. Which is sad, because as disappointing as this has been, it pales in comparison to the rest of the crap that’s on television. How many CSIs can there be?
30 Rock –
Tina Fey came up with this show, which is also about a late night sketch show, however its in the format of a 30 minute comedy rather than an hour long drama. One plus about 30 rock is that its filmed on one camera rather than the standard three (like a typical sitcom). Single camera has become a trend recently (a good one, think My Name is Earl and The Office) and the first show I can remember that did this with a comedy was Sports Night (I’ve got Sorkin on the brain). Anyway, I just watched an entire episode of 30 Rock and I didn’t laugh. Once. There was one time where I almost laughed, but it was a joke I’ve seen Sorkin do on Sports Night as well as on Studio 60. Just didn’t work with Tina Fey.
So, in conclusion, Tina Fey’s show is horrible and Sorkins is just decent and if he gets canceled before her… his prophecy about television will be true.