Tonight, Studio 60 lived up to all of the expectations placed on it. While initally I was upset for its blatant parody of SNL, my dissatisfaction was very short lived. To take actors like Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford, who both recently ended roles on popular TV shows, and put them in such compelling roles is a risky move. While I watched, I never once thought of either as their unrelated characters. Perry proved himself as an actor with more than simple comedic timing. His performance was so real... so inherently human, that I never once thought him to be anyone else but Matt Albie. The pilot was riviting, and flowed with the sense of a show that will make it for a least one season.
I do worry about how long it will last, though. Shows with high quality, intelligent levels of writing are cancelled due to a lack of an audience. (Arrested Development, The Beast, The Days) My hope is that Studio 60, like the fictional show it is set around, will strive to keep the "12 year old moron boy" humor away from its scripts. It's wonderful to have some intelligent, funny, inspiring shows on Monday prime time!
Only a week until the second episode. Thank goodness.