You can see the similarities between this and the Studio 60 pilot, sure, but, let's face it, they're all really about the same thing and it was just interesting enough to make it work (plus I've always liked Jeff Daniels, so I'm glad to see him in a starring role).
Oh my God, in my opinion, a series best episode. Unbelievably hilarious. The Lake Tardicaca scenes were such a killer send up of old Warner Bros. Loony Toons. "I've never seen a shark screw a kid before.