The Studio 60 Problem

Well, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip lost just shy of another half-million viewers this week.  Not terribly surprising, I’m afraid.  I doubt we’ll see a full pick-up on this show.  Not entirely sure we’ll see more than the initial order.  Wonder how big that was…

I was discussing Studio 60 with Shawna last night, and I really think she hit the nail on the head with her summation of why the show’s audience is all but running away.  With a simple shrug, she said “The show’s not about anything.”

And she’s right.

Studio 60 truly is incredibly written.  It might be the best writing on television today.  The only problem is that there’s no plot, no throughline.  There’s just a bunch of great dialogue zipping around.  I enjoy the hell out of it because I’m a writer (Shawna clued me in on this one, too), but I can’t see why the general viewing audience would.  Hell, even stand-up comics tell stories.  This is why I still can’t figure out how Seinfeld gained an audience.  They couldn’t figure it out, either, so they made it part of their charm.

But Studio 60 is pretending to have a plot, or at least trying to trick others into thinking there is one.  Last night, they shoved the episode inciting incident roughly forty minutes into the show, and while I enjoyed the those first forty minutes (Hey! It’s Lucy Davis!), I can’t see how most others would.

If I were to sum up, I guess I’d have to say that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, though very well written, just isn’t a very good show.

1 thought on “The Studio 60 Problem

  1. I love the show and I’m not a writer. But that’s probably because I’m politically aligned with what they’re trying to push. So now there are 3 of us (4 if you count Lena) who are fans.

    Oh and I think the initial order was 13 episodes, so enough for a DVD. So at least we’ll get that. I hope.

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