Skip to main content

NBC Steps into "Studio 60" While "7th" is Sent to Heaven

NBC has announced that it has picked up drama series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and placed in on its fall 2006-2007 schedule. The series, which explores the behind-the-scenes drama at an SNL-type late night sketch show, comes from The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme.

"Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme's work is TV at its best and Studio 60 lives up to that standard," said Kevin Reilly, President of NBC Entertainment, who made the announcement. "I'm thrilled they are back on NBC for the Fall."

The show's ensemble cast includes Matthew Perry (Friends), Amanda Peet (Syriana), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Sarah Paulson (Deadwood), D.L. Hughley (The Hughleys), Evan Handler (Sex and the City), and Steven Weber (Wings), among others.

NBC's publicity machine had the following to say:

Sorkin returns to television with this crackling take on the drama behind the humor of producing a popular, late-night comedy sketch show, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." He lays bare the backstage politics, romances and delicate balance between creative talent, on-air personalities and network executives in an instant text-messaging world.

Prominent are Jordan McDeere (Peet), a savvy new network entertainment chief who inherits a massive public relations disaster on the series -- even before she starts her first day - and Matt Albie (Perry) and Danny Tripp (Whitford), a brilliant creative team that she wants to resurrect the program.

No word on what this means for Tina Fey's currently untitled yet similarly themed comedy pilot about the backstage shenanigans at a late-night sketch show, which is also is contention for next season at NBC. While NBC has yet to comment about any other orders before their upfronts, the prognosis is not looking too good for the Untitled Tina Fey Project, which stars Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Rachel Dratch, Scott Adsit, and Tracy Morgan.

In other program news, long-running family drama 7th Heaven won't be returning next season when the WB morphs into new netlet the CW. Contrary to earlier rumors that the CW was considering resurrecting the show, sources close to the network have now definitively said that the 7th Heaven finale scheduled for later this month will be a series finale. Furthermore, there are no plans for a spin-off series.


Popular posts from this blog

Pilot Inspektor: CBS' "Smith"

I may just have to change my original "What I'll Be Watching This Fall" post, as I sat down and finally watched CBS' new crime drama Smith this weekend. (What? It's taken me a long time to make my way through the stack of pilot DVDs.) While it's on following Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars on Tuesday nights (10 pm ET/PT, to be exact), I'm going to be sure to leave enough room on my TiVo to make sure that I catch this compelling, amoral drama. While one can't help but be impressed by what might just be the most marquee-friendly cast in primetime--Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Jonny Lee Miller, Amy Smart, Simon Baker, and Franky G all star and Shohreh Aghdashloo has a recurring role--the pilot's premise alone earned major points in my book: it's a crime drama from the point of view of the criminals, who engage in high-stakes heists. But don't be alarmed; it's nothing like NBC's short-lived Heist . Instead, think of it as The Italian

What's Done is Done: The Eternal Struggle Between Good and Evil on the Season Finale of "Lost"

Every story begins with thread. It's up to the storyteller to determine just how much they need to parcel out, what pattern they're making, and when to cut it short and tie it off. With last night's penultimate season finale of Lost ("The Incident, Parts One and Two"), written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, we began to see the pattern that Lindelof and Cuse have been designing towards the last five seasons of this serpentine series. And it was only fitting that the two-hour finale, which pushes us on the road to the final season of Lost , should begin with thread, a loom, and a tapestry. Would Jack follow through on his plan to detonate the island and therefore reset their lives aboard Oceanic Flight 815 ? Why did Locke want to kill Jacob? What caused The Incident? What was in the box and just what lies in the shadow of the statue? We got the answers to these in a two-hour season finale that didn't quite pack the same emotional wallop of previous season

The Daily Beast: "How The Killing Went Wrong"

While the uproar over the U.S. version of The Killing has quieted, the show is still a pale imitation of the Danish series on which it is based. Over at The Daily Beast, you can read my latest feature, "How The Killing Went Wrong," in which I look at how The Killing has handled itself during its second season, and compare it to the stunning and electrifying original Danish series, Forbrydelsen , on which it is based. (I recently watched all 20 episodes of Forbrydelsen over a few evenings.) The original is a mind-blowing and gut-wrenching work of genius. It’s not necessary to rehash the anger that followed in the wake of the conclusion last June of the first season of AMC’s mystery drama The Killing, based on Søren Sveistrup’s landmark Danish show Forbrydelsen, which follows the murder of a schoolgirl and its impact on the people whose lives the investigation touches upon. What followed were irate reviews, burnished with the “burning intensity of 10,000 white-hot suns