Saturday, October 28, 2006

Stadium 60

If Aaron Sorkin wrote a show about baseball, by one of my favorite "Cheers" writers, Ken Levine.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Over on Foxnews.com, Roger Friedman is saying that 60 is all but dead. OK, not them ost reliable news guy, but it is easy to see this coing. I think he hits a lot of right notes, and htis is coming from a guy (me) who wanted to love this show so much. I do agree about his matthew Perry love. Someone needs to get him a hit show that really lets him go, because's the real thing.

KristenKP said...

Ha! That almost made me fond of Sorkin again. Almost.

J said...

Completely on-topic:
Was I too deep into the cough syrup, this weekend, or was Saturday Night Live actually funny?

Alan Sepinwall said...

Parts of it sure were, J: Hugh's protest song, the Queen sketch, TV Funhouse (though that's a gimme at this point), Tim Calhoun (ibid), even Hugh in drag was funny (if cheap).

Having a host who's innately funny -- especially one who can write his own material like Hugh -- is a huge advantage.

On the other hand, the Borat cameo landed with a fairly big thud, and I like Borat.

J said...

Yes, most of it was Laurie. Even just bringing up the "Sweet Cheeks" comment at the end went a long way bringing the thing together.

Smigel's gotten pretty tired, IMHO. And yes, Borat felt like an overlong SNL skit, though the 11-year-old boy with the no-name wife who wanted their baby adopted by Madonna - that was funny.

Matt said...

The Tim Calhoun bit would have been twice as funny at half the length, which would be a good rule of thumb for most SNL sketches (see also the "Ghost Hunters" sketch).

There were a number of misses, too--the Hardball sketch didn't have a solid target, and "Maya Rudolph sings the National Anthem" might have been funny for those who watched that part of the game. I didn't, and it was interminable. (Interestingly, the biggest misses coincided with Laurie being off-screen.)

undercover black man said...

Ironically, that Maya Rudolph National Anthem sketch was a straight ripoff of Bleeding Gums Murphy's 26-minute rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner in "The Simpsons" 16 years ago... an episode co-written by Ken Levine!

Philip said...

Are they really going to cancel Studio 60? I really wasn't into West Wing, but I love this. I hope they don't listen to Fox. What do you think about it?