NBC will air the final episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip tonight at 10 p.m.? It’s been an up and down ride for Aaron Sorkin’s behind the scenes show.? The highs were high and the lows, well, how much pontificating about the rift between the liberal left and the religious right can a show have?? In truth, this was a show that was never really given a shot, what was up with that Monday 10 p.m. time slot?
Pulled abrubtly from the schedule for the much? more inferior Black Donnelly’s and then given a late summer slot to dump the remaining episodes, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip should have worked.? It should have been a big hit, with the stellar cast and the premise.
I think audiences didn’t really know what to do with it, especially once they figured out the show was a drama and not a comedy.? And Sorkin didn’t help matters by essentially turning a show about the real world lives of sketch comedians into a cheesy romantic comedy between Matthew Perry’s Matt Albie and Sarah Paulson’s Harriet Hayes.
If anything, NBC, rather than cancelling the show, should have give Sorkin a half season, at the very least, to see if he could right the ship and find a nice little groove to work with.? Maybe even give the show a more desirable time slot, like say Sunday at 9 p.m.
The final few episdoes have proven just how powerful television can be when it’s clicking.
The storyline of Tom Jeter’s (Nate Cordrry) brother being a kidnapped airman has resonated on various levels, whether it be the noteriety of celebrity in this culture, or the effect that Bush’s foolish policies can have on the average citizen.? It has reflected the current duality of this culture in ways that the media will never be able to.? That’s the brilliance of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, unfortunately it’s taken too long for Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme to get there.
So tonight, we bid adieu to Aaron Sorkin’s latest show.? As Marlon Brando once said, “I coulda been somebody.? I coulda been a contender.”
The complete series will be available on DVD come this October 16.? It’ll be in the neighborhood of $50-$60 bucks for all 22 episodes.? It’ll include commentary from Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme, along with a behind the scenes featurette.