I don’t watch very much TV, so when I do I want something that’s interesting and thought-provoking as well as entertaining. There’s a new show on this year that I really like — and naturally it’s not doing all that well in the ratings. Why?
Because, I think, it’s interesting and thought-provoking as well as entertaining, and what really seems to attract a big audience these days isn’t the smart stuff. So I’d like to urge you to try out Studio 60 on NBC, which comes on (for me, anyway!) at the exact same time Premium editions come out (Monday night at 9:00).
The show explores what’s “wrong” with …yep… TV, and why it’s so dumbed down. It’s set within the production of a Saturday Night Live type show, and on the premiere the executive producer has a Network-like meltdown, jumping in front of the camera to decry how terrible TV is getting. It goes out live and he’s fired, of course, and we’re off and running with the new producers and their fights with the network brass.
NBC’s Bravo cable channel has been running past shows, so if you haven’t tried it and want to get up to speed, check there for past episodes. The bottom line: smart people (you know: like This is True subscribers!) need to support smart entertainment, or else all we’ll get is more of the dumb stuff. So if you have an extra hour in your week, give Studio 60 a try.
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Alas, it was too good for TV: it was canceled after 22 episodes.