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Tuesday, November 28, 2006 

23 Shows You Should Be Watching: #22, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip

Continuing my breakdown of the twenty-freaking-three TV shows I'm watching these days...

22. Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip
Synopsis: Behind the scenes of a Saturday Night Live-esque show. Not the one with Alec Baldwin.

Why You Need To Watch: Because it's Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing. He's a hell of a writer, spiraling out dialogue like a lawn sprinkler, with one of the few distinctive visual and literary styles now on TV. Plus, Matthew Perry actually has range as an actor...who'd'a thunk it?

Key Moment: When NBC announced that Sorkin would be doing the show, and it would star Chandler and Josh Lyman. Since then, it's been...well, I wouldn't say disappointing, but there's just something about a bunch of millionaires working to fill a 90-minute sketch comedy show that lacks the gravitas of the moral and social dilemmas of the West Wing. Plus, there are weak-ass cheap shots at red-staters that underline Hollywood's leftward tilt while claiming to deny it. So at the moment, it's like watching Allen Iverson in a church league.

Quote: "We're all being lobotomized by this country's most influential industry that's just throwing in the towel on any endeavor to do anything that doesn't include the courting of twelve-year-old boys. And not even the smart twelve-year-olds, the stupid ones, the idiots, of which there are plenty, thanks in no small measure to this network. So why don't you just change the channel? Turn off your TVs. Do it right now. Go ahead." --Studio 60's outgoing executive producer. It's a good message, but the way that it's force-fed down your throat, it's almost like a double-helping of broccoli.

Previous Shows:
#23, Friday Night Lights


Jay Busbee runs Yahoo! Sports' NASCAR Blog From The Marbles, Atlanta Magazine's Atlanta sports blog Right Down Peachtree, and the Southern sports/humor blog Sports Gone South. He also writes for damn near anybody who'll throw him a buck and a byline, and he's at work on the books The Quiet Dynasty: The History Of The Atlanta Braves' Championship Run (2009, Sports Publishing LLC) and God Is A Bulldog: Georgia, Florida, And The Greatest Play In College Football History (2010, Sports Publishing LLC). Click below for more info on his novels, articles, and comics.
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