Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Studio 60: Systematically Raising the Standards

Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin has higher standards. In maybe more than one way. And he seems determined to reverse what Woody Allen once warned us about when he said "TV is systematically lowering the standards of the America public." I, for one, hope he succeeds. So far, so good. The climax of the second show -- when they finally introduce the show-within-a-show (also called Studio 60, and resembling Saturday Night Night) -- we are treated to television of the highest order...far surpassing anything ever done of SNL. I cannot wait to see what comes next.

It is not by accident that the show is of such a high order. The president of NBS (Jordan McDeere, played by Amanda Peet) decrees that it will be so, and solicits Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford) and Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) to get them there...and they make it happen. Well, actually Aaron Sorkin and Tommy Schlamme make it happen.

Perhaps evolution IS real...

The show airs on Monday nights at 10pm on NBC.