Monday, May 07, 2007

Studio 60 Has Been Cancelled


The announcement won't come til next week, but the sets are being dismantled as we speak. "Shows don't come back from that."

I still have high hopes for Sorkin's other two projects: The Farnsworth Invention will likely go to Broadway, and Charlie Wilson's War (directed by Mike Nichols) has a Christmas Day 2007 release date (for Oscar qualification).

I also hope that Sorkin will return to TV with a premise more suited to his talents. His approach was far too serious for a show about sketch comedy.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Red7Eric said...

I tried to get into Studio 60, but it just never hooked me. Which is a shame, because I loved the chemistry between Sarah Paulson and Matthew Perry ... and the writing really was incredible ... but so much more at home at the White House than a sketch comedy show.

But you know what really kicked ass? The stuff between Amanda Peet and Steven Weber. If Sorkin made his canvas the people who ran an entire network, it would be Paddy Chayefsky (sp?) all over again!

5/8/07, 10:34 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

I've been saying similar all along: the network stuff was riveting. If it had been a show about a reformist network president and her staff (mrs smith goes to hollywood), it would've had the ability to go down into the inner workings of any show on the schedule, not just the sketch comedy show. in that way, sorkin could've set about mythologizing a bunch of legendary shows, not just the one... I think if that had been his vision, we'd be celebrating early renewal about now, instead of looking on this as something of a mercy killing.

5/8/07, 11:22 PM  
Blogger Pax Romano said...

I am one of the few people who actually enjoyed the show as a whole.

Snappy dialog, soap opera sub-plots, dozens of linear characters..

At least we get to see the last few episodes starting on the 24th.

I guess it's hard to compete with such intelligent programing like American "Idle".

5/14/07, 8:41 PM  

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