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.
Ha! That almost made me fond of Sorkin again. Almost.
Completely on-topic:Was I too deep into the cough syrup, this weekend, or was Saturday Night Live actually funny?
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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?
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