Created by Aaron Sorkin, the show followed the behind-the-scenes drama of a live comedy sketch series. But to me, something happened with Studio He loves the written word and goddamn it, actors love to hear it, love to say it.
However, it was then axed after a sole series, subsequently raising questions over whether it was really that good. Studio 60 followed the employees of a late night sketch show, similar to its real-life counterpart Saturday Night Livethat is at risk of compromising comedic integrity for the commercialist agenda of their network. The droll heroes, played by Bradley Whitford and Matthew Perry, are reemployed four years after departing the show with hopes of revitalising it, with the help of a new network executive.
His follow-up, The West Wingwas a hit with both. His third effort, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, was canceled after the first season and it was considered fortunate that it lasted that long. The biggest problem was the most essential: the premise.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is an American comedy-drama television series created and primarily written by Aaron Sorkin. On May 14,NBC cancelled the series after one season. It is Aaron Sorkin's only TV show not to air for more than one season.
Aaron Sorkin has created some of the most successful TV shows of all time and while these include popular shows like The West Wing and The Newsroom, there is one show that never got its due, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The show lasted for only one season but is still counted in the list of great TV shows that got cancelled too soon. The events of the show take place behind the scenes of a live sketch comedy show, much like Saturday Night Live.
I am a mark for Aaron Sorkin, an unabashed fan. Let me start there. And not just the Jack Nicholson ones either.
Imagine that you had written The West Wing. You'd be feeling pretty good about yourself, right? The show would come to be considered one of the greatest TV programmes of all time, picking up a record nine Emmy wins just in its first season it would eventually tie with Hill Street Blues to become the drama with the most Emmy awards ever.
What went wrong? And why has Channel 4 banished it to More4, starting from next month? Sorkin's drama about life behind the scenes on a television sketch show doesn't look set for an easier time in the UK. When they first spent a fortune on the rights Channel 4 were so convinced by the hype that they screened the pilot episode at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival for a host of adoring insiders.
Every year in May, the American TV industry presents its new slate of shows to advertisers at an event known as the Upfronts. In the preceding weeks the 'buzz' about what's hot and what's not can usually be taken with a bucketload of salt, but last year the buzz around one show drowned out all the others. Early reports said that the scripts were vintage Sorkin - intelligent, rich, daring and morally serious.
NBC gave the show tons of promotion over the summer and even partnered with Netflix to offer a special DVD of the pilot episode that they released weeks prior to the debut. Critics were mostly lukewarm to the show and viewers felt about the same. Tons of people tuned in to watch the breakout hit Heroes every week… and then tons of them left once Studio 60 began. Fewer people watched each week and it looked like Studio 60 was going to be cancelled late last year.