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#1 Posted on 25.10.06 1131.02
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Maybe, maybe, even better than the pilot.

This episode starts after the previous show's installment of the sketch show. Harriet and Matt react to a near kiss helped along by Sting performing "Fields of Gold." Unlike previous episodes using ham-handed music playing over a montage of scenes, Sting was on the show (selling his new CD of centuries-old ballads).

"The Wrap Party" is not about making an episode of the fictional show. This is about what happens after, and because the focus shifts, the show improves.

Matt and Simon argue over the lack of black writers and Simon takes Matt to the Improv to hear a heralded black comic. It's awful. It's every cliche of modern black comics, and Simon is appalled. He gives a long monologue about growing up in South Central and feeling responsible for encouraging talent. Then they hear the struggling act of a clever guy with zero stage presence. His material is good, and they inform him he's just been hired to write for "Studio 60." And for all those complaining that the comedy material is not funny, this guy's stuff actually is. He got me on every punchline.

Meanwhile the new network president is desperately trying to make friends with the Studio 60 crew and mingles at the cast party.

Meanwhile the director is informed of an addled older gent who sneaked backstage to steal a picture. He can't identify himself, and we learn slowly that not only was he a WWII veteran of D-Day, but he was a writer for a comedy show once produced in that studio. He was blacklisted after one sketch. And he's played by ELI WALLACH.

Meanwhile, one of the young performers gives his parents a tour of the theatre, complete with the total history of the place. His parents know nothing about show biz or comedy. They don't even know "Who's On First." The young guy cannot make any inroads with his folks, and they have no clue how to appreciate his work. It's every awkward conversation you had with your parents.

Monologues abound in this episode, and it feels like Sorkin finally had enough establishment of the sketch show to leave it behind and tackle the characters. People aren't trying to be witty; they're trying to be decent. This episode glows, and I urge all y'all to give it a try Click Here (nbc.com).
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#2 Posted on 25.10.06 1211.07
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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Matt and Simon argue over the lack of black writers and Simon takes Matt to the Improv to hear a heralded black comic. It's awful. It's every cliche of modern black comics, and Simon is appalled.


I was moved by that segment, because I make that same complaint about black comics. Then I realized where I'd heard that routine before (hughley.ytmnsfw.com).
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#3 Posted on 25.10.06 1306.07
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I enjoyed the episode, but at Sorkin's preachiness can get heavy-handed at times. I liked the black comic subplot, if only for Simon's embarrassment at the first comic. The second comic was funny, but not hysterical. I do look forward to him appearing again on the show. I liked his little celebratory face that he made when Matt and Simon weren't looking as they were leaving the bathroom.

Thanks for identifying the actor that played the vet. That had been bugging me and imdb was useless.

Lauren Graham was wasted!
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#4 Posted on 25.10.06 1311.33
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I enjoyed the subplot that had Nate Corddry (can't remember his character's name) taking his parents for a tour that they just couldn't appreciate.

I agree about Lauren Graham being wasted-it hardly felt like she was on the show at all. The scene with her and Matt was funny, though.
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#5 Posted on 25.10.06 1333.46
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"Give this to the girl that plays your daughter too."

EXACTLY what I would do.
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#6 Posted on 25.10.06 1438.08
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I thought this was the weakest episode of the series, frankly. Several things just seemed a bit off to me (i.e. Danny trying to hook Matt up with the idiot groupies, Jordan inexplicably admitting she doesn't have any friends and coming off as really needy and pathetic to the S60 female cast, Simon suddenly morphing into Angry Black Guy), and the elements just didn't quite mix together into a coherent storyline.

Also, am I the only one who thinks that a Matt-Jeannie pairing would be worlds better than Matt-Harriet? Jeannie seems like a really good character, and hopefully she becomes a regular next season (if there is a next season).
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#7 Posted on 25.10.06 1520.16
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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Also, am I the only one who thinks that a Matt-Jeannie pairing would be worlds better than Matt-Harriet? Jeannie seems like a really good character, and hopefully she becomes a regular next season (if there is a next season).


I hope that the Matt-Harriet storyline concludes with them agreeing to stay apart and able to professionally work together. I'd like to think this is about people learning to get over a Big Love. I need to see more about Jeannie to decide if she's good for Matt. The Vanity Fair reporter might be a better match.
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#8 Posted on 29.10.06 0817.31
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They moved it to Sunday night for today. I'm not sure if it's a permanent move or they are just dicking around. The ratings are low, but they ordered some new episodes anyway.

The irony is that 2 episodes ago, Danny said that Nations (a fictional quality "smart" show) would do better on HBO than on a network and the same is true for Studio 60. Of course I'd like to see that fictional Temptation Island type show they rejected.

Of course like everyone else I love the show, but the problem is ratings. People expect Matthew Perry to be funny and he's not. The preachiness does need to be toned down as well.
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#9 Posted on 29.10.06 1248.45
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If reports are to be believed, the show is due to be cancelled any day now.

Another show I can add to my list of "Shows I really like that are cancelled in under ten episodes".
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#10 Posted on 29.10.06 1320.03
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consider the source on that story.

notice the fox spin,.
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#11 Posted on 29.10.06 1602.44
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I hope this isn't true, but I can hardly say this is surprising...

    Originally posted by The Fox Article
    no one cares whether or not the people from the Bartlett White House puts on a comedy show. Thatís what 'Studio 60' is, essentially: the "West Wing" annual talent show.


I say this as a fan of the show, but that's 100% true.
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#12 Posted on 29.10.06 1644.51
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I didn't watch the West Wing, so I don't bring any of that baggage (positive or negative) to my watching of Studio 60. I did watch Sportsnight, but that seems like a long time ago.

I think it would be a good Sunday night show after football is over. If it could last that long.
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#13 Posted on 30.10.06 1349.13
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    Originally posted by odessasteps
    notice the fox spin,.
You mean where it talked about how the show isn't funny or entertaining? That's not spin. It's kinda true.
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#14 Posted on 9.11.06 1234.27
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Although this doesn't seem to be official, E is reporting that Studio 60 will indeed be picked up for a full season (eonline.com). Apparently, NBC is willing to give it some time for the audience to grow.
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