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Lorryloads of Canadian Love For The Last STUDIO 60 Of 2006!!

I am – Hercules!! A rumor has been floating around that “Kids in the Hall” vet Mark McKinney was hired by “Studio 60” to work on the sketches. But the sketches, to me, ring more of Sorkin than McKinney. So I’m thinking somebody got his wires crossed and McKinney was actually hired to PLAY a guy who works on the sketches. I believe I will maybe pursue Aaron Sorkin to straighten it all out. Assuming Sorkin doesn’t just take five seconds right now and just email me the answer. Anyway, it’s hard not to love the McKinney character, one of the many great surprises Sorkin has visited upon the great North American viewing public over the last few months. Tonight’s installment is “The Christmas Show,” so one assumes this will be the last new “Studio 60” we get until 2007. Do our very foreign cousins residing in the Great White North believe the episode a vessel worthy of closing out the year? According to TV Guide, Danny has true feelings for pretty little Jordan. So I'm guessing she was really happy - even happier than she appeared - to steal "Nations" away from HBO! “L-prime” says: What’s it called? “The Christmas Show” What does TV Guide say? Matt wants to bring the spirit of Christmas to Los Angeles when he and the “Studio 60” team put on a holiday show. Meanwhile, Danny tries to figure out his true feelings for Jordan. What else is TV Guide not telling us? 
 Again, not a lot. There’s a bit of Steven Weber fun about involving a live newscast from Afghanistan, and RPG and the F-bomb. Christmas show? Yeah, and it works pretty well, even for those of us Scrooges who may not go in to far for your typical Yuletide schmaltz. Our personal cynicism is voiced through a bunch of the cast and writers, and we get our humbugs thrown in our faces with remarkably non-pushy good cheer. Any more writery goodness? McKinney, Darius and Lucy are present, fighting Matt and fighting Christmas. It gets better when the biggest humbugs of them all, Simon and Tom, join up. Do they throw any more of our larger social shortcomings in our faces? Is Christmas spit on as a bastion of the religious right? Not at all. The only ‘issue’ at play here is something no one in their right mind can have an issue with: helping talented, displaced, New Orleans musicians draw attention to … well, not much. Just spreading charity and goodwill. Does Jordan’s pregnancy show up? She and Danny spend a decent chunk of the teaser at a doctor’s office, bantering, and allowing Danny to realize his growing attraction. Which I’ve gotta say is far preferable to an obvious shoe-horning with Martha O’Dell, which looked like it might happen early on. So, no preaching? No self-righteousness? No world-saving? Nope. Sorry Talkback whiners. What’s good? “What are you, Linus?”; the Jew being the only one enjoying Christmas; “We could set the tree on--” “Shut up.”; “So I’m gonna have him shove his wallet up his ass.”; racial vs. political Christmas; coconut meets table; “Go write!”; “Say it!”; “He’s saying Sig Heil!”; “Now that’s all I can see.” “It’s all anyone can see!”; “Let’s get rid of demented Santa Claus!”; Tom and Simon turning the writing room; “Do you need a menu?”; “Virginbirthsdebunked. Dot com.”; “I’ve driven by her house a couple times.” “That’s gotta take you back, moondoggy.”; To Catch a Predator was actually pretty funny; “Hey there Luke.”; Ed Asner shows some onions; the city of New Orleans; the pan up to Amanda Peet with a sandwich; “You wanna run, I know, but you get a good head start, cuz I am coming for you.”; Amanda Peet redeems pretty much every bit of her time so far with a mouthful of sandwich and a forlorn look; “I went to a place called ‘Say it! Say it! Say it!”; the fade-out, and preceding musical number. Not so good? Y’know what, not much. Harriet/Matt got distended a little further, with an obvious roadblock, but the new Jordan/Danny thing threatens to wipe out the former’s lameless in a single fell swoop. Go ahead, call me a plant. I can take it. Rating for 1.11 (out of five) ***** I’m not a big Christmas guy, but this was a genuinely touching and relevant hour that threw a loving and respectful look at North America’s most vaunted holy day, even rolling in social concern perfectly. “El Fuego” says: What’s It Called? “The Christmas Show" Who Did It? Teleplay by Aaron Sorkin, Directed by Dan Attias What’s It About? Matt wants to do a Christmas-themed show, Harriet gets a movie deal, Jordan deals with her pregnancy, Danny deals with his feelings for Jordan, Jack has to deal with FCC issues, Simon and Tom fight for Lucy's affections, and Cal's got a lovely bunch of Coconuts. Do we find out the identity of Jordan's baby daddy? We do. Is it Jack? That would be telling. A Christmas Show? But doesn't Aaron Sorkin hate Baby Jesus? It comes off as very heartfelt and proper. There's still culture wars-y stuff going on with Jack, and the show does a decent job of highlighting everything that's wrong with the FCC. What’s Good About It? Almost everything. Matt's Christmas Tree. Cal's attempt to crack open a coconut. Danny falling completely head over heels for Jordan, particularly his confession at the end of the episode. The music. The brief glimpse of a sketch we get is actually pretty damn funny. Simon shooting down Tom's attempts to woo Lucy. The writing staff's systemic deconstruction of Christmas, the Nativity, and Santa. Harriet and Matt have two big scenes... one of them, the first one, is funny and strikes just the right tone. The second one... What’s Not Good About It? From a character perspective, what Matt does later on makes perfect sense, but it takes what should be a big romantic payoff and turns it into petty oneupsmanship. Again, it makes sense from a character perspective, but if you're looking for a big mushy aw-shucks resolution this week, you're better looking to Jordan and Danny, because they deliver it in spades. Rating (Out of Five) ***** “Daniel” says: What’s It Called? “The Christmas Show" Who Wrote It? Teleplay by Aaron Sorkin, Story by Christina Kiang Booth and Cinque Henderson Who Directed It? Dan Attias What’s It About? Danny helps Jordan deal with her pregnancy and his feelings; Matt tries to instill Christmas spirit in all; Harriett gets a movie offer; Jack deals with the FCC What’s Good About It? Bradley Whitford gets the Emmy for this episode, Sorkin keeps up the tradition of having great Christmas episodes, Mark McKinney is back as Andy, plenty of Jack, Cal, and Andy, Matt's Christmas tree, Jack's entrance, Jack's reaction to Jordan's pregnancy, Matt trying to get Danny to admit he likes Jordan, Cal and a coconut, Simon and Tom fighting for Lucy, Matt and Harriett arguing over his stomach, The anti-semetic Santa, The “To Catch a Predator” sketch is actually a really clever idea, all of the dissecting of Christmas and why it makes no sense, also bringing in Joshua Malina as Jordan's ex-boyfriend at this point would be a great idea, did I mention Bradley Whitford? The reuse of “fraction of a man”, “That can't be you” “No” “It's an Alaskan king crab that does that”, “If he was, he'd be here.”, “We can put your tree on stage and it'll just be like Dickensian London”, “How is it that I'm the only Jew in a writing room?”, “SCREW Christmas?”, “Bubbles?”, “I'm gonna get a gun, I swear to God I am”, “With the eyes and the face, and everything”, “I'm not even talking to anyone right now”, “Aren't you like 100 years old?” “Aren't you like only marginally callous?”, “GO WRITE” “OKAY”, “Abs of granite”, “Flavius Josephson”, “We do live here now.” What’s Not Good About It? Matt and Hariett's kiss, while nice, did not make me smile ear to ear like Casey and Dana's first kiss on Sports Night, which makes me know this relationship probably could have been evolving in a better fashion (although the “And I'm Matt” line made things a lot better), this is a bad week if you hate banter, the New Orleans plot point could have taken an awful route, but it thankfully didn't, the snow over the credits wasn't necessary, but not as bad as the santa hat on the Sports Night title card, the show is officially at a great level in my opinion, and that constant idea of the show not getting a second season is going to hurt a lot more if and when it happens Rating (Out of Five) ****.5 “Jarod” says: What’s It Called? The Christmas Show What’s It About? Holiday magic works romantic wonders as the FCC cracks down. Does anyone take a big bite out of the speechifying pie? Nope....not really. What’s Good About It? Pretty much everything.....of note - Jack's talk with the Ed Asner character....Actually Steven Weber absolutely rocked da house this episode...he is so good. Matt and Danny's chemistry really clicking. The skit on the show this time was hilarious...I actually laughed out loud for the whole thing. Timothy Busfield's armed with a coconut. Simon and Tom discussing Christmas and then 'spreading the cheer'. Danny 'saying it, saying it, saying it' to Jordan. Harriet coming onto the air after Matt pulls her aside. The final scene was just awesome....very well done. What’s Not Good About It? Really nothing....the show was outstanding from start to finish.....first one to do so all season..I am really glad that they got picked up for the season cause now Sorkin and Schlamme, it seems, are going to go all out. As well, for those of you who have decided that this show sucks cause it talks about Christians a lot are going to have some more to talk about...this time it's Focus on the Family and the FCC...but having worked in this area...the show is right this what's not good about it will be the bs responses from the posters. Rating (Out of Five) ***** 10 p.m. Monday. NBC.

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  • Dec. 4, 2006, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Slings and Arrows

    by Bungion Boy

    If you love you some Mark McKinney, check out his canadian show that he co-created and co-stars in. It's a really smart, funny, show. It's on Sundance channel and dvd. It's about a Shakespeare festival in Canada and the eccentric artistic director who used to be crazy. There's only 3 seasons but it's one of the smartest and entertaining shows on and I feel like it still needs to be discovered by a lot of people.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Reminds me of West Wing Christmas

    by NickC

    This really reminded me of the holiday episodes of The West Wing. One amazing show tonight.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Fuck the haters...

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    I love this show. I love its pretentiousness, its arrogance, its writing. Did I mention I love this fucker?

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 1:51 a.m. CST

    The show keeps on getting better

    by ChorleyFM

    Seriously, I just wish it were this good from the beginning so people wouldn't have left. Bets episode yet by a long way, Perry, Whitford and Weber are all astonishingly good (Jack Rudolph's character change when he hears Jordan's news is fantastic), and Ed Asner blew me away again. Paulson was much less irritating than normal. Peet is growing into the role. Less speechifying is always good. I know some people wrote the show off after the first 4 or 5 episodes, but give it a chane tonight, it is really worth your time.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 3:59 a.m. CST


    by supertoyslast

    NBC recently announced their mid-season lineup and Studio 60 is staying on Mondays (save for a possible break sometime for The Black Donnellys). This seems like a bad idea to me and a sure path to cancellation. Heroes and Studio 60 have completely different audience profiles and Medium would be a far better fit on Mondays. The only way NBC could get people to sample Studio 60 (again) at this point in the season would be to change timeslot. People who watch Heroes and CSI:Miami have decided that they don't want to watch Studio 60 and it's too late to change their minds. NBC have blown it and I'm afraid that this show is doomed.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 6:34 a.m. CST



    Hopefully I'll be unloading my love for this show later tonight...

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Herc, I'm postive McKinney is writing sketches...

    by DanielKurland

    It's why he has the title of "Story Editor" in the credits. This was a great episode, and the bit of the sketch scene is actually great. I always hold back giving something a perfect score (as I'm sure a season finale or something could give me more enjoyment), but I'm glad to see that a lot of the other viewers didn't hold back. When this show started, I enjoyed it, but I think I may have been convincing myself a little. Now, I know it's great, and I just wish the people that gave up on it got back in now, because it's so fucing good now.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Also, Herc, you have Sorkin's e-mail?...

    by DanielKurland

    You've got me jealous as hell. I'd actually probably pay money for that, just to send him compliments. I also see EVERY other reviewer loved the sketch featured in the show. In retrospect, this episode kicks all sort of ass, and it's right up there with the Option Period for my favorite episode. Whitford is kicking so much ass right now, and after the show, I was just in a wonderful mood. Does anyone know when the next new episode airs?

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by DanielKurland

    I agree with you, and at this point, losing this show would hurt a lot more than before, but the spot after Heroes is probably the msot coveted spot on the network, and it's probably a somewhat good sign that they kept the show there. I was excited for The Black Donellys, but honestly, at this point, I just hope it under-performs, so Studio 60 has a better shot next season. That may be selfish, but it's where I am at right now. Just let Sorkin talk his way into a season 2, if they win an Emmy for last night's episode, and Perry, Whitford, Peet, and Weber all get something too, it surely won't hurt. But yeah, I'm officially going to get hurt if this show doesn't return. Sports Night hurt, Miracles hurt, Firefly hurt, Arrested Development hurt.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by El Fuego

    I actually do fall into both categories... I was one of the ones who threw down 5 stars on tonight's ep, and I've also watched every single episode of 24 as it aired since season 2. I'm also really digging Heroes. In conclusion, thank god for torrents.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by supertoyslast

    You make some very good points. To look on the bright side, the post-Heroes slot does show faith in Studio 60. We can only hope that network execs don't pay attention to online ratings analysts. Because losing 50% of its lead-in does not make for good reading. I hope that awards buzz might see Studio 60 through because this is the only American network drama that I'm interested in so far this season and losing it would hurt a lot.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    That Was A Great Episode

    by topaz4206

    I too was moved by it, even though I haven't been happy with the last few episodes. I can't blame you Danny, I too am in love with Amanda Peet.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by VibroCount

    I'll be one who switches from the Jack Bauer Power Hour to Studio 60. Heroes reminds me of Lois McMaster Bujold books -- great ideas saddled with poor writing skilz.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Wow... Better and Better

    by bookonbob

    This show reminds me of Star Trek NG. It started of AWFUL, but really improves as time goes on... This Ep was well written, FUNNY and touching, but not in a cloying way. I really liked the ending and the fact that the new FCC conflict is well thought out. This was ALMOST as good as the BSG this week, and like that shows, looked really stupid from the promos and turned out great. Hail Canada and the CTV for letting us border folks, and our liberal’s ways, watch before you Heartlanders.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:35 a.m. CST

    I wonder why Tommy Schlame Didn't Direct

    by Spuncho

    He traditionally directs the Sorkin Christmas episodes and we haven't seen him direct since episode 2. Changing the subject, I used to be the biggest 24 fan. I taped the entire first season as it aired and watched each episode at least 4 times before the next one aired. By the start of season 2, I had seen every season 1 episode at least 10 times (with the earlier episodes being a little more). I used to memorize dialog from the show and post theories and whatnot on the official 24 message board. Now I think the show sucks and I'll be watching Heroes, which isn't very good, but it can't be worse than what 24 has become.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by Spuncho

    oops =)

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Dilbert quote?

    by Cory849

    Just a quick favor. Does anyone know what the quote was by Dilbert27 on last weeks episode? if so could you post it? I find it interesting that Danny says at the end that Dilbert27 is right on the money. I think thats a sorkin answer to some criticism of the show and so I want to know what the opinion was. It went by fast in the episode (which I watched just for that quote). Anyway, let me know if you can. Many thanks.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by Cory849

    We Canadians dont call trucks Lorries.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:50 a.m. CST

    24 vs. S60 vs. Heroes...

    by Freefinger

    Well, if you have a satelite you'll be pleased 'cause yeasterdaS60 played at 8pm, 9pm, 11pm, and 1am... And this happens for all three shows, they play it 4 times so anyone a big fan of these shows should consider getting a Satelite. Why else would we want one? Oh and those who don't .. well.. like El Fuego said... Thank god for Torrents... And this show is getting better as it goes on. I think they're finally going somewhere with this one. This could be a next big hit, great cast, good play between the characters, funny things going around the stage, ect ect.. They're doing the right things at least.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by jarodvhale

    yeah..I have expressvu...and I think I watched the show like 3 times....satellite really helps when I have all these conflicts..cause I don't miss 24 or heroes or S60.. on another note...I think that thus ep just saved it for Season 2...they can't really change the night midseason cause there is nothing else to match it with it..mind you personally I think they should switch it with Medium...cause Wed is such a nothing TV day would defintiely pick up some steam....

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by Spuncho

    Studio 60 should take ER's slot. Thursday night should look like this: The Office Arrested Development (I mean 30 Rock) Scrubs My Name is Earl Studio 60 Medium goes to Mondays and ER goes to Wednesdays.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 11:49 a.m. CST

    omg I forgot there was no formatting

    by Spuncho

    Let's try this again. Thursday: (The Office, 30 Rock, Scrubs, My Name is Earl, Studio 60) Monday: (Deal or No Deal, Heroes, Medium), Tuesday: ER gets Medium's slot. Done!

  • Dec. 4, 2006, noon CST


    by Mr. Neutron

    Herc, have you ever been to Canada, or met someone who's been there, or seen a movie or show set there? It's not England, where they say stuff like "lorry" instead of 'truck'. Just FYI.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 12:22 p.m. CST

    OMG I so called who the father would be!!

    by Spuncho

    And you morons thought it would be Danny. That would have been retarded.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by jarodvhale

    you know...I totally agree with you now that I think about it. But those morons at NBC would never think about moving ER from that spot. But it would be great....their isn't anything on at that time...i dig it...but too bad it'll never happen

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 1:04 p.m. CST

    KanekoFan, I agree with what you've said...

    by DanielKurland

    but I had heard that Sorkin and McKinney had an agreement tht he'd write the sketches, and in return, he'd be credited as story editor. I know this isn't the case with every show, but just what happened here. Also, Spuncho, I agree completely, this episode screamed of being directed by Schlamme. I wonder what's going on.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 3:16 p.m. CST

    well I wouldn't mind seeing Suzanne's Xmas slut outfit

    by TheSeeker7

    I'm not in Canada but I've already DL'd and watched the torrent for the new 11th episode. Maybe I'm the only one who's got a mad crush on Suzanne, the studio PA who got bumped up into being Matt's new assistant in last week's show. I personally would've killed to have seen her in the "red garter belt and mini-skirt" that came with the santa hat she was wearing. hehe. I think she's adorable (plus I've worked for years as a PA so I can relate) And for the record, I'm also of the mind that I"m not sure the timeslot is the best one for this show. I don't know what it is, but I can't help but wonder if Mondays at 10pm don't hurt this thing more than it helps it.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    oh yea & if I had to give an Emmy to one person so far

    by TheSeeker7

    It'd go to Steven Weber. I think perhaps his portrayal of Jack Rudolph has been the single best acting job of the season so far (mind you, amongst a terrific ensemble acting cast, I just think he's nailed it like gangbusters every damne time out)

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    a (likely to be) unpopular suggestion about torrents

    by Cory849

    I just thought I would put my old idea out there re torrents. if you upload a torrent, keep the commercials in it. If you absolutely cant do that, splice in something that says who the commercials were for. TV is free because of advertising. I have absolutely no problem watching it.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by Spuncho

    I never liked Steven Weber until this show. I dunno if he's the best of them, but he definitely doesn't suck.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Hey Canadian Reviewers

    by Spuncho

    It might have been a good idea to mention that this episode takes place six weeks after the previous episode and that the new writers are now more comfortable in their roles yadda yadda.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by Spuncho

    That's not gonna happen. Even TiVo cuts out the commercials. I think torrents are helping television though because it makes it so people can catch up on missed episodes or an entire series. There are some shows where I can't imagine anyone new getting into them unless they download and watch all the episodes leading up to the current one.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Please stop running these fake reviews

    by jimmy_009

    These are from the studios. This show is NOT getting good reviews anymore. This is BS. Please run updates on quality shows like Friday Night Lights instead.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Ads in torrents

    by ElPaw

    Fat lot of good that will do to the vast majority of downloaders - those who live outside the US - seeing a Verizon ad followed by one for the 2007 Takuro Spirit model then some party political broadcast to elect Arnie/Hilary/John McClane for President 2020 will go down very well.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    What exactly has has Weber done to warrant an Emmy (as if there's actually a standard for getting an Emmy)? His character is just like every other character on the show and he doesn't stand out at all in his limited screen time. This whole show deserves to go Emmyless, which means it will win at least a dozen, since the Emmy awards are culturally and artisically bankrupt and irrelevant.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 6:51 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    You actually gush over Sorkin? You'd pay money to get his email address to send him compliments? For this piece of crap show? Jesus Christ.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by jarodvhale

    Dude...let me tell you something....I am not from the studio...I actually love the deal with it...friday night lights is a good show too...but this show rocks da shut up and don't speak without knowing what the fck you are talking about...

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Hey Herc, As long as Sorkin is e-mailing you...

    by kdoc13

    Can you respond and tell him that he can do better on this show? I like it, don't get me wrong. I am not a hater who is going to say he never does. I haven't missed it yet. But there are so many great stories of SNL, Fridays, and other similar shows out there to pick from that can arc over multiple eps. For example, we have had the Jay Mohr stealing a sketch, and I guess tonight we get either the Paul Schafer or Charles Rocket version of the F-bomb. I was seriously expecting to see some riffs on the Belushi-Akroyd stuff, the Chris Farley taking a dump out a window thing, The entire cast getting pissed at Milton Berle, People hating Bee costumes, Andy Kaufman ruining a sketch causing Michael Richards to go off the deep end along with a lot of crew, etc. There are at least 10 seasons worth of stories that most people don't know of, and would make for excellent TV. Can you ask him to start using some of them? I mean, I like the show, but one of the things that made the West Wing what it was, was the stories that came from actual people who worked in the White House and had interesting things to share. I will still watch the show no matter what, but it would just be more interesting if some of the interesting stories and myths from some of these great shows could be incorporated.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:49 p.m. CST

    by the way...

    by Neuron

    TiVo records commercials... it's just like taping the show with a VCR, it records in 30 min or 1 hour blocks, depending on the length of the show.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Studio 60

    by Jaka

    Licks the cling-ons off dirty itchy homeless asshole.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:06 p.m. CST

    This show rocks the house?

    by jimmy_009

    This show couldn't be more fake and square if it tried. You can practically see the FORCED all over everything about this show, from the dialogue to the 'chemistry' between the actors.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:19 p.m. CST

    this show could have maybe worked

    by adzigjo

    if it wasnt based on snl-like show....its not funny...and maybe if they wouldve cast some better actors...that blond is just plane bad

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:20 p.m. CST

    and this chick couldnt win an oscar

    by adzigjo

    for her role in a rolling stone flick...

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:23 p.m. CST


    by Almost_Human

    where is the love for Dexter?

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:40 p.m. CST

    MAN....this show is not funny

    by adzigjo

    how is it the big show on NBS...i bet that station blows

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Excellent episode

    by tiredpm

    But that seemed like the final episode of their initial order, so they wrapped things up. If they can keep that level of heart and wit and that balance of idealism and righteousness I'll be a very happy camper. Nice one to the cast and crew, that was what I was really hoping for from this show.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Almost_Human, re: Dexter

    by tiredpm

    Too true, mate, Dexter is great television. The casting is superb throughout and the season plot with the ice truck killer has been percolating beautifully. Herc, some love for Dexter?

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Great episode

    by Doc Falken

    Solid first season. I'm not crazy about Harriet frankly, but Jordan is dreamy and sooo good.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Love this show too.

    by Billyeveryteen

    Also, gotta second the Dexter love.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by StealthBeagle

    That was the best hour of TV this whole season. I can't wait to see how the rest of the year develops.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Concerning Friday Night Lights...

    by Freefinger

    .. I gotta say I watched 2 episodes and never got hooked... I guess it was because I was hoping to get something has good as the movie which was probably one of the best Football movies done in a long time. I dunno.. I think they should've named it something else so we didn't get such High hopes, and doing tv versions of great movies is never a good idea in my case, I think they should've named it something else... but that's just my view on it...

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:17 p.m. CST

    greatest episode

    by oisin5199

    sorry, doing a Colbert riff. But yeah, really good show. The New Orleans bit had me from that first note, and Bradley Whitford was adorable about the Jordan situation. Looking forward to see this show progress.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Rumors of not returning next January?

    by AdrianVeidt

    Anybody know anything about S60 not returning after the new year? I realize they are just rumors, probably, but I heard that halfway through the telecast and then the lack of previews for the show when it returns kind of frightens me. I laugh more each week. I like this show a lot.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Where can I download

    by jocutus

    a copy of "O Holy Night" from tonights ep (without people talking in the middle)? It was pretty awesome. Is it available on an album somewhere? I'm willing to pay for it.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:51 p.m. CST

    so AM I the only one who's crushing on Suzanne?

    by TheSeeker7

    mehh... what can I say. I think she's cute as hell, I'm all about the more natural, girl-next-door look and especially a nice curvy gal ;) Oh and I've never been a talkbacker that's taken a shot at complaining why a particular show doesn't get its own section, so this'll be a first, figured I might as well bring it up... how's come no "HOUSE" talkback ever?

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:53 p.m. CST

    oh and about Jordan baby daddy

    by TheSeeker7

    Soooooo glad they didn't just stay in-house as it were with the identity of the bloke. I swear, so many times on dramas you'd think the people who are there in whatever workplace it is, that these are the ONLY people all of them ANY see EVER in their entire lives, because any major dynamic in the characters' relationships is always occupied by another character there. It stretches credibility, it's not very realistic. It would've been flat out dumb to've had Danny or Jack wind up being the father (or anyone else in the studio for that matter)

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 11:19 p.m. CST

    friday night lights

    by MoseSchrute

    I wonder how it'll hold up in the spring when everyone cares a little less about football, especially since it's already doing poorly. Also, it seems like the cast of Studio 60 is gelling more and more. McKinney needs to stick around too.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Risky Bernardo

    by zacdilone

    I pity you. That you would even have the time to do what you do, much less choose to use it as you do, is one of the saddest things ever seen on the Net. I will pray for you.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:06 a.m. CST


    by mikeman03

    This is going to sound really odd but I really want that shirt that Cal is wearing in the show. Pretty cool looking retro shirt and shows the fact that I support the show.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Why does my head hurt whenever I watch this show?

    by Negative Man

    Oh yeah! Because of it's heavy handed, ham-fisted writing that bashes you over the head with the club of pretentiousness! I'll pray to the deities they don't belive in that this show doesn't return. And I'm agnostic! The acting is good. Very good. But man, oh man, does the writing stinks up the screen!

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 2:38 a.m. CST

    oh man

    by BadMrWonka

    I think this was the best episods so far, even better than the pilot. I agree about Weber, phenomenal job. him and Ed Asner in that last scene was really touching and just perfect. writing wise, his character's had a pretty quick turnaround from him being a heartless prick to a prick with a heart of gold, but he's sold it. busfield was hilarious. the sketch was good, the news desk jokes were decent. harriet's slip-up was AWESOME. just great stuff. I'm hooked big time.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 2:41 a.m. CST

    in other news

    by BadMrWonka

    jimmy_009, negativeman, et al, are simply flaming because they know the fans of this show, and their representation on AICN, are fiercely devoted. so they decide to throw rocks at the hornets nest. and like the moron kids that do that, we respond and give them a lecture and attention. maybe what they need is to be ignored for the doofuses they are. then after they post their mindless drivel, and come back 3 hours and ctrl-f for their name, they'll simply get nothing. and maybe, after a while, they'll move on to other things. we'll be doing them a favor. so flame on, morons!

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 4:07 a.m. CST

    The music...

    by tie3456

    What a beautiful performance at the end of the show. I don't like much Christmas music, but I could have listened to that all night. Great characters, great show...can't wait for it to come back.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 4:08 a.m. CST


    by supertoyslast

    mikeman03 - I thought exactly the sam thing the moment I saw that shirt. I want it. Somebody please tell me where I can buy one.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 5:04 a.m. CST

    "I Went To A Place Called, "Say It! Say It!"

    by HostileOrganismX

    Okay, a well-done, touching episode. Stuff actually happened, which is always nice. Jewish Matt's unabashed fondness for Christmas, in full defiance of the cynical Christians, was also fun and funny. I also enjoyed seeing Edward Asner ALMOST smile. Don't let him smile completely, that would ruin it.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Loved this episode. LOVED it.

    by Hercules

    Love this show. Keep those reviews coming, L-Prime and our other Canadian friends! And Merry Christmas!!

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Re: BadMrWonka

    by Negative Man

    I gave comment on the show for what I consider poor writing, not anyone for liking it. In fact, if you look up any of my TBs, I try never to attack/insult anyone. Pretty sure I'm plenty devoted to many shows you'd roll your eyes at. Like I said, this show has some very good acting, but I think its writing is simply poor. Doesn't grab me... Actually, it grabs me and pushes me away violently. I've watched since the beginning and kept with it this long because of my like for the cast. But, in the end, I won't be returning to watch further episodes. Simple as that.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Herc! :)

    by Cory849

    Herc, Its bloody brill that you enjoyed it. We canadians fancy any opportunity to give you americans a lookie at your telly. If there's anything else you need, bloke, just let us know and Bob's your uncle we will fill the boot of our lorries full of it and we will chivvy ourselves down the road to your door. Cheerio! Oh, what? We don't talk like that? ok. Never mind, Herc. Sod off before we kick you in the goolies.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by Spuncho

    Have you ever seen one of Sorkin's West Wing Christmas episodes? "Reminds me of West wing Christmas" is certainly a positive statement.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by Spuncho

    Did you even see last night's episode? I find it hard to believe that anyone wouldn't like it... even a little bit.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Great Christmas episode

    by Billyeveryteen

    Really like the horns.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 1:01 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Yes. My wife watches this show for some reason. I don't consider myself religious in any way, but what's the deal with YET ANOTHER week of dogging on Christians. If it were just one week of it, I would probably think it was funny and that the religious right was getting the tweak it deserves. But EVERY week? That's more of a fixation on Sorkin's part. We get it, you're obsessed with Christianity and think it's THE hot button issue. And it's completely unrealistic that the FCC would go after a network for a soldier saying the F word in a situation like that. Again, Sorkin needs to rejoin reality instead of locking himself up in his liberal ivory tower. Also unbelievable: everybody knows who the executive producers of this STILL unfunny sketch comedy show are and treat them like rock stars. Yeah, I'm a genius, here's my big idea: A Christmas themed show! Woohooo! What could be more hilarious. The only thing I like about this episode (actually the only thing I like about this show's season so far) was pulling New Orleans musicians to play. Unfortunately they had to insert Sorkin's forced and unrealistic dialog to break it up.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Suzanne is Matt's New Personal Assistant

    by Spuncho

    She was the one shaking the sand off the towel in Matt's office. I think she's kinda cute. She's played by Merritt Wever. The "gal bent over last week" was Jeannie played by Ayda Field.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by Spuncho

    I agree with you that all the praise within the show for Matt and Danny hasn't been credible considering how bad the sketches have been. That said, I thought "To Catch a Predator" was pretty good. This is the first episode I really didn't have any problems with whatsoever. I think the show is gonna have to dig itself out of some plausability holes, but you can't fix everything in one episode. One thing they might do that could help is later on is to have characters watching tapes of *GOOD* sketches that we never saw from earlier episodes. As for the bashing of Christianity, it doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I found this particular episode was pro-Christmas. The only thing I was mildly offended by in this episode was that Matt was so Christmas-crazy even though he was Jewish. I don't know any Jewish people who are that crazy about Christmas. I mean seriously. I wouldn't be surprised if some Jews were offended by that. I found Simon and Tom and the whole debunking Christmas stories thing to be completely realistic. Every year come Christmas time I always find myself hearing or participating in conversations like that.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 3:25 p.m. CST

    The music

    by Almost_Human

    If that didn't bring a tear to your eye, no matter your religious denomination, you are dead inside.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 8:42 p.m. CST

    I think Canadian Neil Young used "lorry" in a song ...

    by Hercules

    ... that's why I thought it was a Canuck (as well as a Brit) idiom. Sorry if I fucked that up.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Well yay for Suzanne!

    by TheSeeker7

    'Bout time she started to get some love round here, thank you very much. Matter of fact think I'll take it upon myself to anoint me the president of the Suzanne Fan Club. heh. (and cause don't forget, almost always a plus of a curvy gal -- nice rack, and Suz don't seem to dissapoint ;)

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Jesus wasn't black!

    by mraig

    He wasn't white either. He was Middle Eastern. He would have looked like all those Iraqis we're over there shooting at and getting shot at by. North Africa is not South Africa. Cleopatra wasn't black either! I know, I know, the point is that they were all repeating stuff they read on the internet. This was actually not a bad episode. The Santa Claus "To Catch A Predator" bit was their best sketch so far (although "The Nicolas Cage Show" has its moments, and, from this episode, Sorkin is aware of this too), and the annoying parts weren't too intolerable! But I have to question the "soldier said Fuck on the air/FCC fine" storyline. I seem to remember people screaming Fuck about a million times on live 9/11 news broadcasts, and nobody got fined. And even if they did, so what? Don't all the networks get fined all the time for stuff? I know, I know 'NBS' is run entirely by people who exclusively take the moral high ground. The funny thing is, without the things that make it kind of annoying, this show wouldn't really be worth watching. Weird, that.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 4:50 a.m. CST


    by supertoyslast

    Studio 60 is getting about 7.5 million viewers per episode - slightly less than half of Heroes' lead-in. This week it was up against a repeat of CSI:Miami and, according to, still managed to have fewer viewers than last week (by a small amount). I had hoped that people stopped watching because they thought it would be cancelled and once it was picked up for a full season they would come back. But they did not. I think this show is doomed.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9:09 a.m. CST

    This ep renews my faith in the series.

    by CrichtonAstronut

    The Nazi Santa was the highlight I laughed everytime I saw the trailer and laughed again at the ep. And that Dateline Catching Santa the home invader, was brilliant. After a season of about the intelligent, socially relavant writing that's supposed to set this show within a show apart we finally get to see some. The inervewer cracking down on Santa as a potential child molester was genius. Not only hilarious. But hilarious because of the truths it exposes in our society. From the too literal minded take we have on fiction and myth, to our determination to make everything a little more dark and tawdry. Also. Danny and Jordan are great together. I love their banter at the begging of the episode, about the father, her vanity and the weirdness of his being there. They just seemed to click in that scene. They have a great off-beat chemistry.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Also. Ahmen about Slings and Arrows.

    by CrichtonAstronut

    Brilliant comedy about a Shakespearian theater company, and the perils of artistic directing. If you thought the folks at Sports Night and Studio 60 had problems, check out New Burbage, and these guys don't hardly even get paid. At least the Sports and Studio folks are pretty much rich. seriously though Slings and Arrows is brilliantly cast, brilliantly written. And Mark Mckinney is at his best as the confused sometimes "bad guy" executive, as is Paul Gross(of Due South fame) leading the cast with his on-again-off again wonderfully neurotic girlfriend Ellen(Martha Burns) and his dead but still yapping estranged mentor Oliver Wells(Stephen Ouimette). One of the best things I've seen on television. If your in the mood for great comedy check this out on DVD or next time it comes around Sundance.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    anchorite is back! I love hearing your rants. reminds me of people's attempts to defend "intelligent" design as science. flame on!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 3:16 p.m. CST

    ah, anchorite is back

    by oisin5199

    Still wrong and still bitter. The only hate surrounding this show is yours, my friend. Did you even see this episode?

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Anchorite. Its also fun to kick immigrants!

    by Teamwak

    Stand on gays and piss on athiests(sp). Nice to have you back, brother.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 3:39 p.m. CST

    PS. Great Episode. Great show.

    by Teamwak

    Its just classy writing and acting. Plus Jack Rudolph is God!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:08 p.m. CST


    by Spuncho

    If everyone in "flyover country" is like you, then I have no respect for people who occupy flyover country. You didn't answer my original question. Have you seen a Sorkin Christmas episode? Did you even see the episode of Studio 60 that is the subject of this thread?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:14 p.m. CST


    by OsamaBinPlayaH8a

    Spuncho, your repeated postings SCREAM SORKIN. It's your style, man! You can't stop, you're an obsessive genius! Your characters say something, then think about what they just said (instead of listening to the character they're talking to) and keep talking! I read all your WW scripts, you've been caught! That being said, I don't think you deserve to be beaten up in the posts. S60 is at heart, a good show. It's so cool to have a show by-and-for smart people.