I first began watching Studio 60 in December 06, at which point I managed to get my hands on the first half of the season. Naturally I loved it to ten thousand x ten thousand pieces and immediately rated it as one of the very best comedy/drama shows I’ve ever had the good fortune of watching. It’s just brilliant, and I can’t even begin fathom the stupidity of it being cancelled after just one season. It’s like Firefly-thing all over again.
Ah, well. This just goes to show that American Viewers are in general not very bright (I know; huge shocker). Studio 60 has everything you’d want from a show:
mind-blowingly good actors, dialog to die for, fantastic sub-plots and character interaction and it keeps you in a state of suspended terror excitement. What’s more is that I actually give a crap about the fate of these fictional people, which is a very rare thing for me. Normally I couldn’t care less about whether or not the main character would get together with his ex, or if the brother of a supporting actor was killed off – but here I found myself living along with their ups and downs and I never wanted it to end.
For those of you who haven’t seen Studio 60, here’s what its about: Studio 60 is a live comedy show, much like Saturday Night Live and its fallen on hard times. NBS decides to take action and brings in a star duo in Danny Trip (Bradley Whitford) and Matt Albie (Matthew Perry). Of course thee is a lot of intrigue and power play going on, but over all I thought the setting was fascinating and those things I mentioned earlier are, when done correctly, hugely entertaining. I adored both Matt and Danny, but I also grew extremely fond of Harriet Hayes (Sarah Paulson) and Jordan (Amanda Peet). I never cared much for her before I saw this show, but now I rank her very high and would consider watching whatever she does next.
The true mastermind, though, is surely the famous producer, Aaron Sorkin. I haven’t seen more than a couple of episodes of the The President (which he produced and created and wrote and directed and blessed with his holy self), but I now have a strong urge to see if they’re just as good as this masterpiece.
Of course it isn’t flawless, but I put most of the varying quality (from *brilliant* to *very good*) in this second half of the season up to the fact that the producers were probably trying out different things to capture an audience and maybe keep the show on for a second season. Obviously, this failed, and it saddens me that Studio 60 never got the attention it should have gotten.
Still, I highly recommend you try it out. In addition to the mixed quality of the middle of the second half, I also felt like things worked out a little too well. Still, in my heart I know I wouldn’t have had it any other way. 9/10.