The reason I'm rooting for Studio 60
If you are avid readers of TV Squad you know that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is taking a little break. Okay, it may be taking a long break. All right, the next time we see it may be on the Brilliant But Cancelled website! Regardless of whether or not it returns to the NBC schedule (which is should, since it does have a full order) I am still rooting for the show. Not because of Aaron Sorkin, or the subject matter, or even for the walk-and-talks. I am rooting for Studio 60 to succeed due to one cast member . . . Sarah Paulson as Harriet Hayes.
Oh, wait a minute. That's for my 'The reason I'm NOT rooting for Studio 60' post. Who I meant to mention was Matt Perry as Matt Albie. Well, also Bradley Whitford as Danny Tripp, Amanda Peet as Jordan McDeere, D.L. Hughley as Simon Stiles, and pretty much everyone else on the cast except Harriet Hayes. But, mostly I'm rooting for Matt Perry.
That's because he's quite good in this role. So good that I stopped comparing Matt Albie to Chandler Bing right after the first episode. I was so used to seeing him as this guy who used humor to hide his insecurities that it was refreshing to see a more cynical, serious role for Perry. Oh, Matt Albie definitely has insecurities just like Chandler did, but he channels those feelings in other ways that seem just a bit more realistic than the quips that normally came out of Chandler's mouth.
Plus, he has excellent chemistry with Bradley Whitford. If you were a fan of Sorkin's previous endeavor, The West Wing, you saw a bit of the chemistry between these two stars when Perry had a guest stint on the show. They carried that charisma onto Studio 60 and it works extraordinarily well. It's like they have known each other for a long time, which is a sign of good acting and comfortable actors. When they're together I sit up and pay attention.
Really, I think there is a ton of great chemistry with all of the cast. Whitford and Peet are cute as a couple (although the beginning of their relationship was a bit creepy) and are two people you can root for. Whitford and Steven Weber as Jack Rudolph also work very well when they are together on the screen. I especially like Weber in his role because it is a total opposite of the character he played on Wings. Steven also has a nice connection with Amanda Peet in the scenes they have together. Even Timothy Busfield, who doesn't have much to say during these shows, gels with the rest of the cast.
So, what I'm trying to say is, for Matt and the cast's sake, I hope Studio 60 continues on the NBC schedule at least until the end of the season. If it doesn't then blame Harriet Hayes for the show's downfall, because everyone else is doing it.