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Studio 60 Dead. Or Not.



Studio_60 Talk about seeing a glass half empty: TV-related blogs are buzzing today over a Fox News report that, despite ordering three new scripts of West Wing mastermind Aaron Sorkin's Saturday Night Live spoof Studio 60, castmembers are telling people cancellation is imminent.

Fridaynightlights This buzz emerges on the same day as the network pre-empts the show for an episode of its equally good and equally low-rated football drama Friday Night Lights.

My bet: somebody at Fox is playing the odds. If Friday Night Lights juices the timeslot, there's no way triggerhappy TV execs will return Studio 60 to the space, effectively canceling it. And Studio 60 has been losing half the audience of NBC's surprise Monday night hit, Heroes.

But I haven't seen any other news outlet echo Fox's reporting -- probably because everyone starring on the show knows its fate is so precarious that any extra negative buzz will just push it closer to the abyss.

Hey, it's a 50-50 chance of being correct. And if you believe Studio 60 is as Studio_60_1 awful as some critics seem to think, maybe the odds are better than that.

Personally, I've enjoyed the show -- which is basically Sorkin's eggheaded take on the TV biz. But my sneaking suspicion is that Studio 60 is suffering from a few problems:

Larrysanders -- Viewers have never been that interested in Hollywood satirizing itself, even when it does a really good job of it.

-- Masses of viewers don't dig TV characters that make them feel dumb; they'd much prefer watching characters who seem more dysfunctional than they are.

-- I liked it, which means it's doomed to failure.

Wow. Guess who is Mr. Glass Half Empty now?

UPDATE: I was right. Fox is full of it.


[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:37pm]


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