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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip on NBC

post #1 of 1324
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just finished seeing the pilot for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Incedible pilot, and if this episode was any indication of the rest of the series, NBC has themselves a decent new show here.

they pretty much nailed everything. Characters are already cool and intriguing, the set is absorbing, even just the name of the show is modern and pleasing sounding.

HD quality was good too. they went for that more de-saturated look, opposite of what you see on CSI Miami, but it works good.

any more thoughts?
post #2 of 1324
Since last years The Office and Earl
post #3 of 1324
This is the new Tina Fey (creator of all that has been lame recently on SNL) series...

No thanks!
post #4 of 1324
The Tina Fey show is 30 Rock, this is the other behind the scenes show.
post #5 of 1324
The critics generally love it.

Here are a few of the reviews I've been posting in the Hot Off The Press thread.

The backstage-at-a-sketch-comedy show that isn't "30 Rock" from Aaron Sorkin, the man who brought you "Sports Night" and "The West Wing" and from whose house style this departs not at all. Big sets, fast talk and a fascination with the life of a workplace are again at the heart of things. Bradley Whitford, making the leap from "West Wing," is paired with Matthew Perry as a producer-writer team hired to adrenalize a moribund "SNL"-lookalike. Timothy Busfield, Amanda Peet and D.L. Hughley are here too, making themselves fun to watch.
By Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times

Nutshell: New network boss (Amanda Peet) wants to revive venerable but unfunny late-night variety show, hires two troubled ex-writers (Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford) and promises them creative freedom.
Aaron's take: Talented ensemble (D.L. Hughley, Evan Handler, Sarah Paulson) should feast on whatever comes out of writer-producer Aaron Sorkin's (The West Wing) computer. But America switched off Sorkin's last TV-show-within-a-show, Sports Night, and if he's serious about weighing in on the culture wars, as he promised critics this summer, he could drive a lot of potential viewers over to ESPN or CSI: Miami.
Verdict: Appointment TV.
By Aaron Barnhart Kansas City Star

The most buzzed-about pilot for fall actually, in this writer's opinion, lives up to the hype. Set behind the scenes at a show very much like Saturday Night Live, the latest drama from the pen of Aaron Sorkin is not just a showcase for the scribe's natural TV-writing gifts, but it provides Matthew Perry with the opportunity to give an absolutely stellar performance. Even if the rest of the season is only 80 percent as good as the pilot, I'll be glued to this show each week.
By Maureen Ryan Chicago Tribune


Aaron Sorkin satirizes broadcast television, a milieu he is intimately acquainted with as the creator of "The West Wing" and "SportsNight." This time, late-night TV is the conduit for Sorkin's social commentary. Bradley Whitford and Matthew Perry play writing partners brought in to save a ratings-challenged "Saturday Night Live"-type show. Amanda Peet, Timothy Busfield, Steve Weber, D.L. Hughley and Sarah Paulson co-star.
By Marisa Guthrie The New York Daily News
post #6 of 1324
It has an all star cast and has Sorkin at its lead....but we've seen this story before with Sorkin (West Wing). We will see if history repeats itself again - the only difference being this time NBC is desperate.
post #7 of 1324
I saw the pilot on an NBC preview DVD a few weeks ago -- I thought it was GREAT. Best thing I've seen in some time. I work in TV though, so the whole thing was right up my alley -- it'll be interesting to see if the average viewer will warm up to it.
post #8 of 1324
Saw it last night up here in Canada as well. Great show. Very intense and fast paced!
post #9 of 1324
From the critical praise I've been reading, I get the sinking feeling this show could be too smart for its own good (like Sports Night).
post #10 of 1324
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Originally Posted by SnakeEyes View Post

Since last years The Office and Earl

And Deal or No Deal after those.
post #11 of 1324
there's only Supernanny and CSI miami up against it, are you seriously gonna tell me there are more people who would enjoy Supernanny than this show? I know there's a lot of people watch that fantasy crime show CSI and think its great entertainment, but there's not a lot of competition for Sorkin on monday night at that timeslot. What would really amaze me if this wins the timeslot over CSI miami... i hate that show so much.
post #12 of 1324
The show's not a hit until the ratings come in. I'd like to see Sorkin have another hit, but generally speaking inside-Hollywood movies and TV shows tend not to play well in the heartland.
post #13 of 1324
Do NBC series look as awful as NBC Sports on HDTV? I haven't watched an NBC series for several years now...since "Seinfeld," I guess. But having tuned in NBC for their football games the past two Sundays, I'm shocked at how horrible NBC-HD looks. I have to assume their series don't look as bad...
post #14 of 1324
They are nowhere near as crisp as their 1080i breathren on CBS.
post #15 of 1324
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Do NBC series look as awful as NBC Sports on HDTV? I haven't watched an NBC series for several years now...since "Seinfeld," I guess. But having tuned in NBC for their football games the past two Sundays, I'm shocked at how horrible NBC-HD looks. I have to assume their series don't look as bad...

I think The Office looks great. I have also watched Earl and ER some and they look good. Certainly not the motion issues that NBC football is having. When I read Fredfa's response I realized I have never seen a CBS HD show other than sports.
post #16 of 1324
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Originally Posted by IAM4UK View Post

Do NBC series look as awful as NBC Sports on HDTV? I haven't watched an NBC series for several years now...since "Seinfeld," I guess. But having tuned in NBC for their football games the past two Sundays, I'm shocked at how horrible NBC-HD looks. I have to assume their series don't look as bad...

Depends on the show. Although, yes, the quality is generally less than CBS, the quality on NBC can be very good. The Office and SVU are some of their best in my opinion, whereas Will & Grace looked like WS 480p.
post #17 of 1324
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Originally Posted by IAM4UK View Post

Do NBC series look as awful as NBC Sports on HDTV?...

Watch Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien tonight, and then call me in the morning!
post #18 of 1324
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aren't the drama's shot on 35mm film, and then transferred to HD?

thats a whole different story than HD video broadcasted live.
post #19 of 1324
lol so this show is basically about snl...
post #20 of 1324
WNBC-DT NYC Cablevision.

The video looks soft and very grainy.
post #21 of 1324
It's being shown windowboxed SD here in Birmingham. Great start local NBC.
post #22 of 1324
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It's being shown windowboxed SD here in Birmingham. Great start local NBC.

it started out like that OTA in Buffalo, NY. Thought, 'this is gonna be great' but then after about 5 seconds I saw it switch to full HD. I guess the local affiliates have an aspect ratio button to switch as soon as SD programming (Deal or no Deal) switches to HD programming, and your affiliate forgot.
post #23 of 1324
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Originally Posted by Ou8thisSN View Post

there's only Supernanny and CSI miami up against it, are you seriously gonna tell me there are more people who would enjoy Supernanny than this show? I know there's a lot of people watch that fantasy crime show CSI and think its great entertainment, but there's not a lot of competition for Sorkin on monday night at that timeslot. What would really amaze me if this wins the timeslot over CSI miami... i hate that show so much.

csi miami is pretty cheesy but it has a huge built-in audience who isn't going anywhere...i don't think Studio 60 stands a chance at beating CSI Miami, though i hope it does well. haven't seen the pilot yet but i plan to watch it in the morning.

is this a drama or more of a comedy-drama?
post #24 of 1324
I recorded it for later viewing, but watched for a few minutes, and wanted to thank NBC for putting a big "NBC.com" logo in the bottom left corner (at least it looked big on my 58" screen) just for us HD viewers, while the SD program didn't have it.

Thank you for taking up valuable real estate in my picture because I choose to watch the HD broadcast...

post #25 of 1324
Same thing happened on WNBC-DT the video was SD till around 10:02pm.
post #26 of 1324
great, great show. i really loved it. I hope i am not alone. I disliked the nbc.com bug, thats my only gripe. i thought the writing was brilliant but i expected nothing less.
post #27 of 1324
I dredded this show. I give it next week and after that's done I will decide
post #28 of 1324
Well, if your watching the bug you're not watching the show. Initially I was aware of it's presence, but got involved with this great show and totally forgot it was there.
post #29 of 1324
Just watched the pilot (DVRed it as I was watching MNF). Awesome. I hope this show does well for NBC in the ratings, as I am already hooked. Smart writing, great cast, killer show.
post #30 of 1324
Finally a show which exceeds its hype.
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