Friday, November 28, 2008

Another Strong Showing From Hulu

As I write this, it's 1:15 AM. I came home from Bubba & Fi's for Thanksgiving dinner about four hours ago, and fired up the laptop, with a little vague surfing in mind. Stopped at Hulu, in hopes that something might catch my attention. I have now watched the first four episodes of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and I can almost guarantee that I'll have watched the rest of the season by this time Saturday night.

At the time, I missed both the first seasons of this and 30 Rock. Yesenia and I rented that last year, and really fell in love with it - but I have to say, I can see why people at first thought 30 Rock was the weaker of the two shows. Studio 60 is a really, really strong show. Its one weakness is that the actual show-within-the-show comedy content isn't particularly funny - but then, 30 Rock's "Girly Show" also isn't particularly funny whenever they feature excerpted 'sketches' from that (which is likely the reason that they rarely do so).

Anyhow, I'll avoid giving Studio 60 the full Dave stamp of approval until I've finished out the season - or at least watched the greater percent of it - but the lead cast is uniformly strong, the writing is sharp, pointed and knowing, and the environment is compelling. Show business rarely goes wrong when it looks to itself for ideas.


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