Ten Hut...There's An Officer On Deck
This admittedly is less of a typical post and more of a public service announcement from the good people at Slack LaLane. If you didn't already do so last night, it's time to start taking Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip seriously. Aaron Sorkin is officially back.
Last night's pilot brilliantly set up the whole series, a behind-the-scenes look at a Saturday Night Live kind of variety show. And as I expected, Sorkin's banter hooked me from the get-go and reeled me in before the first commercial break. Now we're left to rejoice and welcome back the greatest monologue and dialogue screenwriter of the last two decades, the intelligent and witty visionary who brought us A Few Good Men, The American President, Malice, Sports Night, and the first four genius years of The West Wing.
After just one episode, it's clear, Studio 60 is the next great Aaron Sorkin-Thomas Schlamme project. In typical Sorkin fashion, the cast is a fast-talkin', quick-walkin' ensemble of attractive ladies and handsome fellers. But above all else, the show is shot beautifully. Really, there are serious film directors that can learn an awful lot about presentation by watching the cinematography of both this show and old episodes of The West Wing. I'm guessing the cameramen are the most underpaid people on the show.
Annoying Bossman Steven Weber and Christian Cast Member Sarah Paulson are classic over-actors and need to scale it back, but the rest of the cast is already falling into the perfection of their written roles. Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford already have the chemistry it took Whitford and Rob Lowe a full season to build on The WW, and Amanda Peet is both sexy is hell and yet incredibly believable as the president of the network: She stole the show. Throw in DL Hughley, Timothy Poindexter Busfield, Nate Corddry, Judd Hirsch and Ed Asner, and you've got yourself a helluva television show with staying power.
Studio 60 is already smart, it's clever, it's well-produced and, best of all, it's poised to get better with each episode. So I'm guessing it'll be cancelled in a few weeks. Better watch it before that happens.
Slack Link of the Day: Arrrrr, ye bilge rats, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and somewhere Peter Sarrrrsgaarrrrd is hiding out.
Slack Video of the Day: Here's a six-minute clip of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for those of youse that couldn't set your TiVos properly. And while I wish YouTube had a much better library of West Wing classics, I guess we gotta use what we gots. Here are a couple of old bits in honor of last night's debut: Parking Tickets, Changed Timezones, and Star Trek Geekery.
Slack Song of the Day: How 'bout we Hornsby it up today -- first let's see some Softer Bruce, then some Rockin' Bruce: Loser, Mandolin Rain, Tennessee Jed and The Way It Is.