Studio 60

Confession time.  I never watched Sports Night, and I’ve never seen an episode of The West Wing.  To me, Aaron Sorkin is just a bully who takes all the drama Emmys.  If it hadn’t been for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’s cast, I probably wouldn’t have given it the time of day.  Luckily, I did decide to give the show a shot, and I was blown away as a result.

Studio 60 sports dialogue that just crackles.  It really fires on all cylinders, chugging right along the entire time.  I come from a screenwriting background, as in I went to film school and never moved out West to give it a shot.  The point is, good dialogue is a must-have for me.  I love Lost, but every now and then the dialogue makes my eyes roll a little.  That didn’t happen with Studio 60.  It’s a great example of a show being carried by excellent dialogue and dynamite performances.  Looks like I’ve got a new show to watch.

Which makes me think about my fiction.  Right now, I’m reading Brian Keene’s The Rutting Season.  It’s a great book, full of incredible prose.  I wish I could write prose like that.  I tend to go for the dialogue, though.  When you all finally get a chance to read A Family Matter, you’ll see a few scenes I’m especially proud of, pages and pages of dialogue that (I feel) cuts like a knife.  Hope you guys get to see it.  Hope you guys get to see it real soon.