>I had a Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip marathon recently with Marctastic. Because that’s what “writers” do. We sit around and watch shows to relax by watching people write. Swear to christ, you couldn’t make this shit up. I write about a television show (Burn Notice), a couple of bands (Mindless Self Indulgence, Blues Traveler), and all of my asinine crap about losing weight and trying to become a more sexually well-rounded being…..and I relax with 22 hours of watching Ms. Chanandeler Bong stress about getting 90 minutes worth of funny on the air Friday night.
And I was entranced the entire fucking time. Between the die hard liberal beliefs of the aforementioned Ms. Bong and the way his character related to the right leaning Christian that he was in love/hate with for the entirety of his career as a decent television writer….
But the thing that killed the show, the thing that became glaringly obvious as the last few episodes of the show amounted to a mini-series about a POW Iraqi soldier, Aaron Sorkin was still entirely too hung up on politics to take on Hollywood. Still too mired in Iraq and a the religious divide brought on by the war that never-ended….and in that refusal to move on, a really good show was lost.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a ginormous 30 Rock fan, and the fact that two shows essentially taking on Saturday Night Live while Saturday Night Live was still on the air spelled failure for at least one of them. 3 hours of network programming just cannot be dedicated to a single concept. Unless that concept is related to a huge amount of prize money. So Studio 60 lost the battle. Not because 30 Rock is necessarily a better show, truth be told, I couldn’t be pressed to pick a hands down favorite between the two–but because Aaron Sorkin went with the war for the cold open. And then ran it to the ground for three episodes leading up to what was the series finale.
I hate that this war lasted longer than the three weeks we were expected to be in it back at the beginning. I hate so much more that we are still in Iraq, 5 years after Studio 60 has come and gone…..
I thought 30 Rock owned the whole “hard to watch” joke….but fucking hell, if Studio 60 didn’t pull it on us a few years back.