nov 29

Studio 60

Defamer: The "Are You in Studio 60's Target Audience?" flow-chart. It illustrates a little too nicely why I still like the show. (C'mon, Jordan's tirade on the Time reporter last week wasn't golden?)


When they were talking smugly about that guy putting on a play, in Dutch, in Pasadena. And his comic "rat-tat-tat-tat". Wow, that was fine television. Just fine. I was saying to myself, Pasadena? Come ON! That's crazy! And I was thinking about how every other viewer must have been thinking the same thing at the very same moment. But something happened and my vomit must have short-circuited the remote and I lost the rest of the show. Damn it!

posted by Eric at 11:29 PM on November 30, 2006

You seem to be expressing a similar kind of hatred for the show that a lot of people express (if this site's readers are any example of, at least); i.e., that it's the worst kind of elitist urbanity. Now, I don't think I know anyone who's more sensitive to that than me (I'm from North Dakota -- I hate all you snotty city slickers), which is sorta why I like this show. I think it's saying the exact opposite of what you think: it's trying to illustrate the insular view that Hollywood has of America.

posted by Rex at 11:34 PM on November 30, 2006

Oh I don't hate it hate it. Like start-an-I-hate-Studio-60-blog hate it. It just makes me roll my eyes and do the psshh noise. I wanted to like it, but the... atmosphere, the tone. Can't do it. There's something unnatural and exhibitionistically self-conscious about it. It's like Sorkin wants to say, "Am I good enough now, daddy? Look at me. Please...? *sob*" Blaagh. Pretending to be blithely casual about arcane bits of high culture. It's like a mutant form of name-dropping, to the same effect. It's just tranpsarent. And the hallway-walk-talk scenes! Aaaagh, the hallway-walk-talk scenes! Find a new device already! Seriously though I just like teasing you about it. You're refreshingly genuine and non-defensive about it so it's just fun ribbing. Interesting point about the insularity. I'd say I'd give it another look for that aspect, but I don't think I can swing it. I'll go indulge my Chili's-caliber culture over at 30 Rock. How do you have time for so much TV anyway with all your culture soaking up and musicking? I think you have a clone.

posted by Eric at 10:17 PM on December 1, 2006

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