Well, things are sorting to shake out in TV land. Here's what's going on:
-"Heroes" was picked up for a full order.
-Monday's "Studio 60" was absolutely horrible. I have no idea what Sorkin was thinking with this episode, it was just garbage. If I wasn't such a fan of Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford and Amanda Peet, I'd be done after that fiasco. But I'm going to stick with it, especially because having worked on a couple shows at their inception, I know that shows need time to find their rhythm and usually get better - "Joey" not included. HOWEVER, for some unknown reason, the ratings for "Studio 60" spiked up on Monday. Okay, this pisses me off - who is to say that the ratings for "Smith" wouldn't have done the same? You have to give these things time! I'm still bitter.
-Are you guys watching "Friday Night Lights"? This is the most depressing show on television. While I watch it, I'm not sure if I like it or if I want to kill myself. It's so fricking somber. And it's not just the paralyzed kid. It's the music, the coach, the fullback, everybody seems so unhappy. Well, except for wild and crazy loud talking black guy, of course. But still, there is something about the show. I have to give it props for being unlike anything else on TV. Let's compare it to the OC for a second. They're both shows about high school. They both have teenage characters and adult characters. And yet they could not be farther apart. I think "Friday Night Lights" could use a little more of the "fun" that the "OC" has, and and "the OC" could use a little more of the slow drama/realism "Friday" has, and of course a lot less Mischa. Yey!
-So how about "30 Rock"? To be honest, I was a little disappointed in the pilot. It had some funny lines, but was very uneven. Also, there was a strange "soulless" to it all. It seemed like Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan had some kind of "hey, we're doing a sitcom!" vibe to them. It just felt like fucking around, whereas "The Office" feels a tiny bit sincere. But again, I think it will get better. We'll see. On a side note, I love Alec Baldwin. Love, LOVE, Alec Baldwin. He's been my boy ever since the "I am God" speech in "Malice". And I'm glad he's on TV, but seeing him on this show felt too small for him. He's a rock star, why is he second fiddle in this?
-One last thing, did anyone see the commercial for that new Taye Diggs show? It has the same premise as "Groundhog Day". I saw the ad and the first that came to my mind was "Fuck, another show? Can't do it." Seriously, is this some kind of record for new dramas? Enough already. I got an idea, how about trying to make one funny sitcom?