Studio 60 needs a makeover, according to Robert Bianco
I thought it was just me.
I've tried to get into Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip like I did with Aaron Sorkin's two other network creations . . . The West Wing and Sports Night. I wanted to like Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford in their roles as the saviors of a long-running, comedy sketch show. I really did. But, there's just something missing; a last piece of the puzzle that would make this show very enjoyable. However, I thought I was the only one who felt that way.
Fortunately, I'm not. Not only do many of you feel the same way, but we also have Robert Bianco, USA Today's television critic, in our court as well.
Bianco says the problem lies in how Sorkin is presenting the program. Instead of the setting being a jumping-off point for reliable workplace stories (like it was for Sports Night and the current Tina Fey comedy 30 Rock), Sorkin seems to be delving even more deeply into the intricacies of the television industry. I definitely agree, after watching last week's episode, which seemed to focus more on prepping for broadcast and showing how Sting could play the lute. Bianco goes on to say that the self-righteousness and self-reference that were seen in the pilot episode have become the dominant tone of the series. As Robert puts it, Studio 60 has become one giant ego stroke.
Bianco does offer a few suggestions to put Studio 60 back on track. For instance, drop the sketch comedy portions of the show. Robert says that Sorkin is witty, but not a sketch writer. Other than "Science Schmience", which I found mildly amusing, I tend to agree. Another suggestion is to stop implying that the world stops to watch both versions of Studio 60. My suggestion is to have more interaction between Matt and friend/executive producer Danny Trip (Whitford). We saw a good portion of that in the first two episodes, but its been non-existent since then.
For more on what Robert thinks should be done for Studio 60, go to the USA Today website. For what you think should be done, wait right here for the comments to begin.