Baseball Toaster Screen Jam
Studio 60 Open Chat
2006-09-18 18:44
by Jon Weisman

A chat for the series premiere. Warning to West Coast viewers: Story details may be discussed.

Any other entertainment talk is welcome here as well.

2006-09-18 21:31:47
1.   Jike Spingleton
Ah, the word "feckless" was used in the diatribe during the opening segment. Welcome back, Aaron Sorkin.

So far, so good with this show. I'll definitely be watching next week.

2006-09-18 23:24:04
2.   Bob Timmermann
I preferred the Dodgers game.

My impression of this show is that it's way too preachy. And I think Amanda Peet is terrible in this. And Sarah Paulsen's character is horribly written.

2006-09-19 06:22:45
3.   Vishal
i love you jon, but surely you can come up with a better title than "screen jam". :)
2006-09-19 08:28:23
4.   Jon Weisman
Gee, I guess I surely can but chose not to? But comment noted :)
2006-09-19 09:15:11
5.   Capybara
I thought the pilot weak but excusable, given the need to establish characters and set the situation in motion. I certainly will give it a some more episodes to find its feet. (In particular, the weakness came from flat characters acting unbelievably, due often from a need to provide exposition to the audience.)

Of course the Dodger game was better, but the Dodger game was also better than any other Dodger game.

2006-09-19 12:10:18
6.   Greg Brock
The preachy Sorkin was at his preachiest last night. I thought Perry and Whitford were excellent, but Amanda Peet...ugh.

Sorkin always writes about the way people and the world should be (at least to him), instead of the way most people really are. But I'll give the show a few more episodes before making a determination for sure.

2006-09-19 12:44:18
7.   aloofman
I was a little disappointed in it, but that may be more because of the extended hype than the show itself. I also thought Peet was dull, although I usually like her. Hopefully her character is revealed to be more than an ice queen.

And it was pretty preachy. By that I mean that it was trying a bit too hard to be socially aware and provocative. The blatant "Network" reference -- even though they were acknowledging it -- went on way too long, to the point where for a few minutes I wished I was watching "Network" again instead.

On the other hand, it is just the pilot, and skimming over all the characters for first impressions is the main goal. I'm interested to see where it goes.

2006-09-19 12:59:41
8.   Fletch
Amanda Peet just doesn't fit that role. Poorly cast.

Who is Sara Paulson and why should I care about her?

Great cameo from the fat guy that is in all of the commercials.

Poor DL Hughley. How the mighty have fallen.

Perry and Whitford's characters are the strongest and will have to carry this deal.

2006-09-20 06:08:05
9.   Sam DC
Ack -- first Jar Jar Binks, now this!

(note made this comment first at Dodger Thoughts, but realized it prob fit better here).

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