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