Try playing this game when Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is released on October 16, 2007.
Close your eyes and have someone insert a randomly selected West Wing, or Studio 60 DVD into the player, and, with your eyes still closed, see if you can distinguish between the two. Odds are, in scenes with Brad Whitford and Tim Busfield, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
In part, that was the reason why Studio 60, perhaps one of the most highly anticipated shows in recent memory became the single-biggest flop in recent memory. After a promising opening, Studio 60 was pulled from sweeps before limping through May, a time period reserved only for burning off shows before they ascend to television heaven.
There are many things that went wrong with Studio 60 that could’ve been changed by a slight tweak to the foundation of the show. As junior writer Lucy said in B-12 following her sketch bombing at dress, “Buy the premise, buy the bit.”
Series creator Aaron Sorkin should’ve taken some of his own advice, because absolutely no one bought the premise of a late-night sketch comedy show that focused more on the war on terror than struggling and desparate comedy writers trying to get a sketch on the air.
It was also difficult to empathize with Studio 60 head writer Matt Albie running the show while high on pain killers, especially if you compare it to West Wing Chief of Staff Leo McGarey abusing drugs while running the United States of America.