Has anyone had a chance to check out the pilot for "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" yet? It found its way to a variety of BitTorrent sites a few weeks back and I believe it can now be rented from NetFlix in advance of the premier.
I watched it last week and can say I'm seriously looking forward to this show in the fall season. For those of you turned off by "The West Wing's" political leanings but were intrigued by the quality of the writing and acting, then "Studio 60" may fit the bill for you better.
The show is expertly produced. Comparing the pilots of the two previous Sorkin shows -- "The West Wing" and "Sports Night" -- "Studio 60" is a very polished, slick and tight pilot. Rarely is a pilot this flawless, but I can find absolutely nothing to complain about here. The characters are appealing and engrossing, the direction and set design is on par or (if possible) better than we saw on "The West Wing."
Matthew Perry really gets to spread his wings as an actor here. We all knew he could do comedy and we've seen him attempt the dramatic actor thing here and there (notably in episodes of "The West Wing"), but finally with "Studio 60" we get to see there's a real depth to his talent. The character he plays is terribly flawed and fights a battle with addiciton, of which Perry has had some unfortunate experience with, but that helps inform the emotion he brings to the part, making his the most convincing role on the series.
I can't wait for this show. It's nice to know Aaron Sorkin's back on television. I just hope he's here to stay.