It takes a lot to get me in front of the tv week after week to follow some serial. “CSI”? Not anymore. “Law & Order”, not what I ordered. “Lost”, can’t find the time.
But the new show on NBC, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip has become appointment television for me. Its one of the smartest, funniest and hippest shows I’ve seen in quite some time on one of the three major networks.
I especially like, and I’ve mentioned it here before, that there’s an evangelical Christian character on the show who is quite normal. In this week’s episode, she convinced the writers and the other characters that a joke about a small town school that put the kabash on a school play because of it’s anti-Christian content shouldn’t make it on their show, despite the fact it got one of the biggest laughs.
“This is a small town of about 400 people who work at an underwear plant and make about $18,000 a year, about what I’ll be paid for this show tonight. I don’t think we should make fun of them because they are doing just what they think they should to raise their children the best way they know how.”
Woh and wow. Imagine a tv character who plays a funny person on another show with a conscience. Talk about taking a chance.
Tonight, Rob Reiner had a cameo as the guest host of the ‘show-within-a-show’ and I only hope it’s the first of many for some of the Hollywood types we don’t see very often.
And in case you haven’t seen it yet, don’t feel like you can’t catch up. There are two writers hired to rescue a SNL type show that airs on the NBS network on Friday nights. Bradley Whitford of “The West Wing” plays one, Matthew Perry plays the other. Amanda Peet is the very likeable network entertainment honcho and Sarah Paulson plays the star of the comedy show who also happens to be a Christian.
I DVR this show every Monday night.