The [Ninja Turtles] henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady have hijacked the musical genres for us just like the Lone Ranger hijacked the William Tell Overture for our parents.

- xkcd

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

SOOOOR-KIIIIIIIIN!

So, as I mentioned earlier, my TiVo had a busy day yesterday. SciFi had 11 episodes of Firefly in a row. I've seen Serenity and watched a couple of episodes of Firefly last year when they were on SciFi on Fridays, but I never had a chance to watch the entire Firefly run.

It also recorded a new episode of Prison Break. I think I was required to be a fan because many of the earlier scenes were filmed in Chicago. This season that's not the case as much but I still find myself enjoying it (although like Lost it's ridiculously serial in nature).

Plus, new episodes of the Daily Show and Colbert Report continue with former President making an appearance on TDS last night.

Still, though, the show that I was most excited about my TiVo recording last night had to be the series premier of Aaron Sorkin's new wordy comedy/drama, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. I think that we kind of already know who the people are that are going to watch Sorkin TV shows. They're kind of like fans of other TV show writers/creators (like Joss Whedon or Ron Moore) who once they've found a style of show they like they keep coming back.

This time though, NBC has a show that seems intent on skewering them and SNL. The pilot starts the show off well and really showcases some of the great talent Studio 60 has. Nate Corddry, D.L. Hughely, Amanda Peet, Matthew Perry, Bradly Whitford, Steven Weber among others make the Sorkin dialog move along and the premise of an SNL variety show allows for plenty of celebrity cameos that may help keep things interesting.

The only question I have for the show is what kind of format will an episode usually be? The first episode took place only over a couple of hours. Will future episodes cover an entire week, a single day, what? I'm curious exactly how it'll work.

Still, of all the new shows this season, this is the only one that really seems like it'll be getting my attention. If you aren't a fan of other Sorkin shows though, you may not like it. It's good enough that I'd still recommend you give it a try at least.

I know I'd rather be recording this than reruns of Futurama (plus, Futurama will get re-run at 2AM again anyway).

[UPDATE]

I just realized that NBC.com has the pilot episode of Studio 60 streaming from their website. If you missed it earlier this week and have 45 minutes you'd like to spend sitting in front of your computer watching streaming video, check it out!

6 Comments:

At 9/19/2006 2:16 PM, Blogger teh l4m3 said...

Allz I can say about Battlestar is, they better turn it around hugely from that crazy-ass season finale...

 
At 9/19/2006 2:31 PM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

oh, I think it's going to be good. I was getting a little bored of the standard BSG formula so I'm glad they get to mix it up a little.

Plus, it looks light Tigh has an eye patch now. Which looks more piratey!

 
At 9/19/2006 3:23 PM, Blogger Chuckles said...

Two words: FAT APOLLO.

 
At 9/20/2006 7:34 AM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

yeah, it's awesome. fat guys are so hot!

 
At 9/21/2006 7:47 AM, Blogger Chuckles said...

Lucy Lawless has never looked better, so there's that. At least we have that.

 
At 9/26/2006 3:25 PM, Anonymous The Uncanny Canadian said...

I loved the pilot of SSOTSS and have great hope for the show. Unfortunately, I missed the 2nd episode. Hopefully NBC will put that on their website as well. I generally am not into dramas that aren't named Lost, so the show has to be really compelling to keep me.

 

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