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September 18 2006

Live from the Sunset Strip, it's Dead Dobson and Dead Doc Caron (also of Deadwood). Sunday, 9/17/06, 10 p.m. ET on Canada's CTV and Monday, 9/18/06, 10 p.m. ET on US's NBC will be the premiere of Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" with B/A/F hat trick Carlos Jacott and Serenity's hologram "Dr. Caron" Sarah Paulson.

It's a behind-the-scenes look at a late-night sketch comedy show like "Saturday Night Live," with Paulson as the show-within-a-show performer and ex-flame of Matthew Perry's character. Jacott has a supporting role as the fictional sketch show's co-executive producer.
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NBC page

Note: This is not "30 Rock," the other NBC behind-the-scenes look at a late-night sketch comedy show like "Saturday Night Live," with former SNL co-head writer/performer Tina Fey, former SNL performer Tracy Morgan, and Alec Baldwin.

"30 Rock" premieres on NBC on Wednesday, October 11, 2006, at 8 p.m. ET and on CTV on Saturday, October 14, 2006, at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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[ edited by Ying on 2006-09-18 01:01 ]

I'm eagerly awaiting this as I am a big fan of Aaron Sorkin and Tommy Schlamme's work and am already a fan of most of the cast. It will be interesting to see Carlos Jacott in something other than a Whedon show.
I was watching old episodes of The Larry Sanders Show today and Carlos Jacott was in one of them as a network exec. (Another episode, featuring Josh Molina, was directed by Tommy Schlamme.)
I've seen a screener for the pilot and I thought it was great. (Though Carlos's character isn't seen but is mentioned several times.)
I'm so there! Glad that Canada is going to be able to see this same time as us (not like VM or BSG, for example). Best part: I can watch HIMYM first, then Studio 60 (no need to record one/watch the other, yay)! Thanks for the informative post, Ying!
Love Sarah Paulson. She was awesome in the first thing I saw her in years ago, as the ghostly guardian sister Merlyn in American Gothic. Showed her comedy chops big time and kept up with the other three big names in Down with Love. Played a limited role in Season 2 of Deadwood as a private tutor that ended up being pretty surprising. And of course was perfect as the doomed doctor in Serenity. Every role I've seen her in has been completely different from the last and she's mastered each one. Also vaguely remember her from the Juliette Lewis/Giovanni Ribisi flick The Other Sister as the firecracker lesbian sister, and I recall that she was good in it along with most of the other cast members, but I can't remember whether the film/story itself was worthwhile.

I wasn't gonna pick up any new shows this season, but I'm bored tonight and don't feel like reading or starting up any new shows on DVD.

[ edited by Kris on 2006-09-18 01:43 ]
"Studio 60" and "The Nine" are the only new American shows that have truly piqued my interest.

However, I'm a bit curious about "Jericho." And "Heros" has a character from Japan (sugoi!). But I'm torn because they just don't have numbers in their titles.

[ edited by Ying on 2006-09-18 01:47 ]
I've also seen the pilot and loved it. Question: when did bradley whitford get so damn old? He surely didn't look this old on the West Wing, but the man looks like he aged 15 years since the finale of the West Wing.
Yeah, Ying, I'm not sure I'm gonna watch any new shows unless they have numbers in the title. I mean, what's the point?

Could not be happier about "Studio 60" -- Aaron Sorkin, Bradley Whitford (*sigh*) and Matthew Perry put together? And it's about producing and writing a comedy show? It's almost as nifty as if Joss himself announced a new show.

I never used to pay the slightest attention to new TV shows. I blame Joss.

(Loved the old "Gary Shandling Show" and loved, loved "The Larry Sanders Show" -- though I relied on a friend to tape it, so it was hit or miss for me. I guess I could buy it now, huh?)
I'd like to see Carlos in every episode, though this must be a welcome role for him. I stopped paying attention to Spy Girls after he left. And I will always grieve that the firefly comics were not a tv episode featuring Carlos. choke.
I saw the pilot too, and good Lord, I haven't been so excited about a show in a long time. And *ahem* Bradley Whitford is still dreamy, despite the added years. He is playing a coke addict, after all.
QuoterGal wrote:

Yeah, Ying, I'm not sure I'm gonna watch any new shows unless they have numbers in the title. I mean, what's the point?


Exactly, QuoterGal. I'm not saying I have zero interest in them, but it's only a fraction.

Echoing Kris, I loved Paulson in "Serenity." I haven't seen her other work, but that role was a tricky one to pull off with all the emotion and the lack of other actors to play off of. She also may have known that another actor had already not worked out for the role and that she had to do better.

Others have mentioned "The Larry Sanders Show." I really enjoyed their look behind the scenes of a talk show. I'm hoping this will do the same for sketch comedy shows. Plus, hey, Carlos.
This is my most anticipated tv show of the season. The West Wing was one of the best shows ever made (for seasons 1-4 and 7), and it was entirely because of Aaron Sorking and Tommy Schlamme. Lets just hope they don't ditch this train after a couple season like the did with the WW.
The West Wing was one of the best shows ever made (for seasons 1-4 and 7), and it was entirely because of Aaron Sorking and Tommy Schlamme.

And John Wells, who got it on air in the first place - and made Seasons 6 and 7 into really good television as well. Not the same kind of good as Seasons 1 to 4, but still fascinating to watch most weeks. (And hey, what series that makes 7 years doesn't have one off season?)
And the actors, cause Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Janel Moloney, Bradley, Janney, Lowe and Sheen, they were awesome. And Wells? Never got trough 5 so I don't now about 6 and 7 but I always felt it were mostly Aaron and Tommy in the early years.

(And hey, what series that makes 7 years doesn't have one off season?)
Well, the contrast 1,2,3,4 - 5 was really a bit too much, I think.

Yay for studio 60 officialy starting, only one week now till episode 2!

[ edited by the Groosalugg on 2006-09-18 09:20 ]
It's looking good so far. I felt Matthew Perry fit right in and played off Bradley Whitford's character well. I look forward to the next episode.
Amanda Peet really surprised me in this. I had always liked her for the more obvious reasons. But she really stole every scene she was in IMO.
Had read the Studio 60 pilot last year, finally watched it this past week and adored it. More, please!

the Groosalugg - If you can make it through the first part of S5 there are some good to great eps later on and S6 blows 5 out of the water, almost reaching Sorkin-ness at times. Haven't watched S7 yet, have too much else going on, so I'll wait for the official release of the DVDs in November.
Aaron Sorkin show back on TV. A little bit of rightness returned to the world.

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