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2006-10-17 09:32
by Jon Weisman

So instead of watching (or recording) Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Monday night, I went to sleep at 9:45 p.m. Did I miss anything? Right now, I have no regrets.

2006-10-17 10:14:57
1.   Bob Timmermann
Jet lagged, I fell asleep from 8 to 10. Then I watched Studio 60 in bed.

I slept well after it was over. I still can't tell what it's all supposed to be about. Why should I care?

2006-10-17 10:40:10
2.   Mark T.R. Donohue
I missed both "Studio 60" and "Heroes" last night. Wasn't going to miss Da Bears!

I might try and secure digital copies through back channels this afternoon, or also I might not do that.

2006-10-17 10:53:41
3.   joeldtaylor
If you guys want to check out either of those shows, just head over to All the big networks have full episodes of alot of their programming online now. I pretty much do all of my TV watching at work now.
2006-10-17 10:54:17
4.   Jon Weisman
"I pretty much do all of my TV watching at work now."

Quote of the decade.

2006-10-17 11:21:37
5.   Bob Timmermann
I watched "Heroes" (a legal copy) from the comfort of my own couch. It was again good, although it does have a very high "ick" factor in place.
2006-10-17 11:30:12
6.   Jon Weisman
I have watched the first two episodes of Heroes and am on board, with two more recorded and waiting to be watched. But to this point, I have to say, I'm still vague on what Ali Larter's secret power is. Memory-free destructive capabilities? Scolding, smirky looks in the mirror ability?
2006-10-17 11:44:37
7.   Bob Timmermann
Her abilities become a bit more apparent in yesterday's episode.
2006-10-17 11:57:51
8.   Benaiah
7 - I liked that they finally showed her and the junkie using their powers. I would say that last night's episode was by far the best yet, since it finally had the characters getting together, showed a bit fuller what the stakes are and had a stunning ending. The show is a bit goofy at times, but it is nice to see some quality sci-fi on network tv, or anywhere else for that matter (apologies to Battlestar fans).

Studio 60 still hasn't really clicked. The episode featured even less Matt and Danny then usual, and given how weak most of the rest of the show is...

2006-10-17 12:06:50
9.   Bob Timmermann
And Matt is supposed to be in love with Harriet because why?

I don't see it. I don't feel it. I don't get it.

2006-10-17 12:29:03
10.   Jon Weisman
I don't really ever question why anyone's in love with anyone, on screen or off. But on screen, I want the love story to be compelling. Harriet and Matt's love story is decidedly not.
2006-10-17 12:33:01
11.   Jon Weisman
10 - I should say, I might question it, but ultimately accept it.
2006-10-17 14:35:35
12.   Zak
9 Maybe she knocks his socks off too.

I am a little disappointed in this show too, but I do find it compelling enough to keep watching it... in fact, I look forward to watching it when Monday rolls around.

I'm surprised that the show feels as disjointed as it does. The show really needs to move past the Matt-Harriet storyline. I think individually, Matt and Harriet are compelling enough characters and are well acted out as well. And the reasons why their careers took off at the same time given in yesterday's show resonated with me for some reason. But, it's only been four episodes and their story already feels dragged out.

Ultimately, I still think this is still one of the better written shows on TV and I would be sad if it is cancelled before giving it a fair 22 episodes to find itself. That said, the viewership erosion that has happened already might be irreparable. They should move this show to Thursday nights at 10 pm and move ER to 9pm. I think that might be the last competitive spot for Studio 60 to find it's legs.

2006-10-17 14:37:37
13.   Zak
12 last paragraph should read ".. the best competitive spot...", not ".. the last competitive spot...". Sounds less ominous that way and more to what I meant, Freudian slip notwithstanding.
2006-10-17 15:32:29
14.   joeldtaylor
I'm hoping Studio 60 gets a full season but for different reasons. While I do like the show and will continue to watch, I have a friend who is interning for the crew and is hoping to have this be her 'in' for the TV business.
2006-10-17 15:46:22
15.   AlmostGagne
I think what you missed was a show that hasn't yet balanced it's pacing. It's almost as though two different writing teams tackle the separate parts of the show.
The corporate interactions between Jordan McDeere and Jack Rudolph are fast-paced, concise, and smart. We know who both of those characters are, what their motivations are, and what their goals are - then we see them perform.
The rest of the characters function in the opposite manner. What we know of Danny Tripp, Matt Albie, and (especially) Harriet Hays is mostly based on exposition. It's tiring watching the cast take turns explaining how great Danny/Matt/Harriet is - and it's not convincing.
So last night Jordan and Jack flexed their muscles and butted heads.
The rest of the cast told us how funny and effective Danny, Matt, and Harriet are.
No different than any other episode of "Studio 60".
2006-10-17 20:48:34
16.   Underbruin
15 - Very much in agreement. I've given the show many chances to win me over, and it keeps letting me down. CSI: Miami beckons (the one with the orange light filters, ooooo), and if not for Heroes in that 9 PM spot I probably wouldn't have bothered watching it beyond the first episode.

In the previous thread, Greg Brock said Studio 60 wasn't going to be renewed. I haven't seen this anywhere. Was he just speculating, or has this been confirmed?

(Oh, and for you Sorkin fans, off the Studio 60 Wikipedia page I found this link to an early script draft of the pilot:

2006-10-17 21:57:40
17.   jtrichey
I am hoping that Harriet Hayes character goes the way of West Wing Season 1 character played by Moira Kelly. She was a terrible character, the past love story with Josh didn't flow well at all, and they dumped her butt after season 1, for the better.

Sarah Paulson is OK at best, is definitely annoying when every third word out of her mouth is "Christian", and her love interest with Matt is boring. I hope Sorkin turns a critical eye at things like he did when he booted Moira Kelly. It could happen any time. Harriet gets a big movie offer and leaves the show.

I am really liking Heroes by the way. It and 6 degrees are my 2 favorite new shows. (Really liked the 1st 30 Rock as well, but only 1 episode to go on).

2006-10-17 22:27:59
18.   Jon Weisman
17 - I agree with your first paragraph, and I adore Moira Kelly. But her character just hurt to watch.
2006-10-17 22:40:22
19.   Bob Timmermann
Moira Kelly's character was the Richie Cunningham's older brother of its day.
2006-10-17 23:22:37
20.   ToyCannon
I've been watching both Heroes and Studio 60 since they started and they both seem to be getting stronger. The acting is 1st rate on Studio 60 and I like the chemistry, however the stories aren't exactly compelling. I'm going to give the show a shot because of the characters and hope the stories get better. I guess I'm the only one who is not offended or turned off by the Harriet character. I'm not a Christian but I have many friends who are and her character seems to be true to me and not forced considering the environment she's working in. While the show is enjoyable to me I find the big flaw in Sorkin's work is that everyone has a heart of gold in a business that is known to be cut throat. I would expect a comedy show with so many writers and actors to have a bevy of egotistical wannabe stars all fighting for their spots to air on the show that the number of knives in their backs would be used as steppin stones to success. But what do I know, I'm not in the business and maybe it is the norm that everyone is willing to fall on their sword for their brethren because they are just good people and that every guess star is a perfect person and that pampered stars don't exist and the young NBS president got there by just being smarter then everyone else and not by cutting the legs out from under her competitors during her rapid climb to the top.

Heroes has some good characters and some I could do without such as the cheerleader, however she seems to be getting more time with each show.

2006-10-17 23:31:19
21.   Underbruin
20 - I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't watched the show but intend to do so, but I'm fairly certain the cheerleader will become very important throughout the entire season at the least. The teaser at the end of this week's show ("Next week, on Heroes...") seemed to strongly suggest as much.
2006-10-18 10:22:56
22.   4444
amusing and relevant!

2006-10-18 13:25:14
23.   DXMachina
2 If you can't find a download of the episode of Heroes, they rerun the week's episode on Sci Fi on Friday evenings.

This week's episode was very good. As Benaiah mentioned upthread, the heroes are finally meeting up, so a lot of the individual story lines are starting to merge, which sems to make things a little more coherent. The ending was great. As to Claire (the cheerleader), I suspect they'll focus on her a lot, if for no other reason than because her dad appears to be the Big Bad.

2006-10-18 15:57:45
24.   jtrichey
Did anyone else go to a high school where the cheerleaders wore their cheer outfits to school every day? Or wish that they did :)
2006-10-18 18:17:47
25.   Ken Arneson
I like Heroes, me, the character of Claire is the one big flaw. The girl finds out she has this amazing power, and she's a total sourpuss about it. She's a central character, but it's very hard to sympathize with such an unlikeable person.

I find it unbelievable that all these people discover they have these powers, and only one of them (Hiro) is happy about it. Most people I know would be going "Woohoo! I can (fly/read minds/teleport/whatever)!"

The show needs one more sympathetic character, so I don't spend most of the whole hour anxiously waiting for Hiro to get back on the screen.

2006-10-18 19:25:56
26.   DXMachina
25 I think the cop is a sympathetic character, and he didn't seem unhappy about discovering his powers. It seemed like it was the best thing that's happened to him lately. I'm kind of with you on Claire. She protests too much. On the other hand, there's the whole teenaged angst thing, and after what happened at the bonfire, I can understand why she might be the teensiest bit cranky.

I don't know. If I discovered I had superpowers, I'd probably react just like Hiro, but I've been reading comic books since the early sixties. For other people it might take a bit more getting used to.

2006-10-18 20:02:17
27.   Jon Weisman
26 - I think it's teenage angst. And it also could be a statement about fear of responsibility. Everyone (except Ali Larter) seems to realize that these powers compel them to act pro-socially instead of for themselves.
2006-10-23 15:16:00
28.   aloofman
Nailed it.

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