Episode 1 was prelude..Tonight’s show was a great pay-off. This one reminded me of Sorkin’s first show (at least first i know about) Sports Night, a behind-the-scenes show of something akin to ESPN’s Sports Center..lots of cuts, quick edits and snappier dialogue than Dorothy Parker* * holding forth at the Algonquin back in the day.
Sorkin always knew how to write ‘guy talk’..eventually on the West Wing, he figured out to write meaty parts for the women as well. Amanda Peet as NBS (read NBC) president and Sarah Paulson as the star of the show within the show are outstanding. The Paulson character is an outspoken Christian..a type that rarely gets written with any kind of subtlety or nuance. TV Christians are usually hypocrites, ramrod-up-the-ass types, or pious nut jobs. So far, the writers are treating Paulson’s character as a human..
But..the guys, at least so far, in the persons of Matt Perry and Bradley Whitford, rock the party. These guys have more chemistry than Sonny & Cher, Tom and Dick Smothers and Bill O’ Reilley and himself, put together.
If only these guys could produce and write the REAL Saturday Night Live….
Please watch Studio 60..I really really wanna see the show unfurl over an entire season.
**one of my favorite D. Parker lines: “That woman speaks eighteen languages and can’t say no in any of them.”