Thursday, September 21, 2006


Created by Aaron Sorkin (THE WEST WING) and directed by Thomas Schlamme, STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP has been among the most highly anticipated new primetime programs premiering during the 2006 Fall Television Season. With a cast that includes Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, Amanda Peet, Steven Weber, D. L. Hughley and Timothy Busfield, one would be hard pressed to name another show with such a strong ensemble. Throw in the pilot episode's guest stars, Judd Hirsch and Ed Asner, and the expectations are as high as Keith Richards.

What could go wrong? What could go wrong, indeed?

Based on the first installment there is one key ingredient missing and it is an important one. Yes, this is LA-LA Land where folks tend to lack intellectual and emotional depth, but STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP has characters that are as shallow as a Sudanese grave. Shallow and plastic. In fact, I haven't seen so much plastic since I sat behind the wheel of a Ford Taurus. The irony, of course, is that Sorkin squanders the assembled ensemble; unless he can quickly inject some personality into his characters, STUDIO 60 will be the biggest flop since Haystack Calhoun last appeared in a televised wrestling match.


At 8:56 AM, Anonymous mrn said...

i believe his correct professional name was "haystacks, with an "S", calhoun" ....ever trying to enlighten you, i remain....mrn

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Needtovent Headquarters said...


It is always a pleasure responding to an astute reader. You are correct in that Mr. Calhoun often went by the name "Haystacks" during his fabled career. On some occasions, however, he was billed as simply "Haystack" -- the reasoning behind this inconsistency is an unknown to us here at Needtovent Headquarters.

Accordingly, both are correct, although you are MORE correct. For this we shall award you a rare New Braunfels High School Refrigerator Magnet.

Thanks for writing.

Your humble servant...


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