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October 06, 2006

Hype vs. Quality

Before the new television season started, I was really looking forward to "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." Aaron Sorkin may be liberal in his politics, but the man can write.

I made it through two and a half episodes before shutting off the television. The show had some great acting, some snappy dialogue and a fantastic premise, but it is collapsing under the weight of Sorkin's demons. He seems to regard this show, which had so much promise, as his own personal soapbox upon which to vent about television executives, former girlfriends and the religious right. In the first few episodes, there were some great scenes, but they were quickly brought to a screeching halt by Sorkin's clumsy moralizing.

Looks like I'm not the only one who was unimpressed.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Soft ratings for highly touted rookie sitcom "Studio 60 on Sunset Strip" are reportedly setting the stage for a possible shuffling of NBC's primetime lineup.

Daily Variety observed Wednesday that "Studio 60" has lost 32 percent of its premier-week ratings and has no obvious new time slot it could be moved to.

Let this be a lesson to those who create television shows - viewers, as a general rule, don't like to be insulted. A lot of people in the United States either believe in God, or live in one of the rural communities derided by Sorkin's characters.

Satire = good.
Constant drumbeat of negativity pointed at a particular group = not good.

Television executives are always telling us that if we don't like what's on the tube, we can just shut it off.

Thanks for the advice, guys. Hope it works out for you. Next time, leave your opinions at the door and just make with the drama or the funny.

There is already good news for this season, though - Heroes has just been given a full season. Geek fanboys rejoice.

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posted by Slublog at 10:25 PM

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