The buzzards are circling 'Studio 60'

It’s happening, PopWatchers: Most of the media in the Western world is predicting Studio 60‘s imminent demise.

Even though NBC has ordered 3 more episodes of the struggling series, that seems to be more of a peace offering/contractual obligation to Aaron Sorkin than a vote of confidence, given the god-awful ratings and continued barrage of criticism leveled against the show since its inception. The sad truth is that NBC can make more money by slapping on another Deal or No Deal than it can by trying to salvage Studio 60, and because networks only make decisions from a fiscal standpoint these days (unlike, you know, a creative one), you can pretty much kiss today goodbye, and point me to tomorrow.

I’m pretty heartbroken about this, to be honest; as one of the staunchest Sorkin apologists you’ll ever meet — as well as the type of person inclined to go off on rants about how society today is a commercially-driven cesspool of short attention spans and mindless drivel, with entertainment the bloated lowest-common-denominator rat swirling in its brackish depths — I hate the thought that I may never know how Bernard does as the show’s other black staff member, or if Tom’s brother survives AFGHANISTAN, or exactly what purpose Bradley Whitford was on the show to serve. Still, I guess it’s better to just set the cast and crew loose so they may find their way to higher ground, and I’m not gonna complain about having an extra hour of free time in my week.

Ooh!  That’s a good question: What should I use to fill that free hour?  See how quickly I move on?

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  • Rahul

    I fear the end is near too. Bumping the show for ‘Friday Night Lights’ tonight is not a good sign even though I think ‘Lights’ would be better off on Monday nights since it is a family show versus ‘Studio 60′ (which definitely is NOT a family show). Sorkin has made better TV in the past, and though this one has been uneven at best, I ultimately believe poor scheduling is what doomed it.

  • Ep Sato

    While I was no fan of Studio 60 and feel like 30 Rock is a much better way to go about this style of show, methinks that Monday is a horrible night for Friday Night Lights. It’s bad that NBC keeps changing the night the show is on, but really bad (and I am not the first person to say this) to air a show about football at the exact same time that an actual NFL football game is on. A show about football would attract football junkies if they aired it on Wednesdays or Tuesdays. All other days, some form of real football can be seen live or on tv.
    Sorkin? He needs a few years off to cool his jets and to come up with something more creative. Maybe it was coincidence that he and Tina Fey came up with the exact same idea, but IMHO, Fey’s execution has been much less taxing to sit through…

  • Rahul

    How about ‘Lights’ on Monday night at 8pm (right before MNF), forgetting Jeff Zucker’s new plan?

  • paige

    the fate of this show is not because of poor scheduling… i dont think any schedule can save this show. and i personally thank god (and non-viwers) for that. I hate this show… I still watch it, but i still hate it.

  • Josh

    Ugh, cancel “Law & Order” instead. Sample schedule post-football (times are central) Sun 6 America’s Got Talent, 7 Dateline, 8 Friday Night Lights, 9 Black Donnellys; Mon 7 Deal or No Deal, 8 Heroes, 9 Raines; Tues 7 game/reality/news show; 8 L&0:CI, 9 L&O:SVU; Wed 7 The Apprentice, 8 Studio 60, 9 Medium; Thurs 7 Earl / Office, 8 Scrubs / 30 Rock, 9 ER; Fri 7 1 vs 100, 8 Las Vegas, 9 Crossing Jordan
    Some things could maybe change but I think it makes sense to change up the originally announced Sunday plans since there’s too much reality Sun at 8/7c already with “Home Edition” and “Race”. And after “Biggest Loser” ends its fall run, have “The Apprentice” as a lead-in to “Studio 60″ — that might help as it seems like a more compatible lead-in (even though I don’t watch “Apprentice” any more myself).

  • Dan

    When critics heap such unanimous praise without asking obvious questions like, why can’t Amanda Peet act and why isn’t the comedy funny, it only reinforces that critics are not to be trusted for recommendations.
    This only reduces the likelihood that anyone will listen to you when the next Comback comes along.

  • mike

    I’m tired of good programming with half a brain going down. Considering the mindnumbing crap that passes for television, they can’t give Studio 60 more than five weeks? I hope NBC chokes on its own game show.

  • Elizabeth

    I know I’m in the minority, but I really like this show. I would be sad if it was cancelled as well. I actually think it’s my favorite of the new shows this season. And I didn’t even watch Sports Night or the West Wing.

  • Ep sato

    Totally agreed with Rahul. Love or hate the show, it clearly garnered some fans and could stay on the air if the right night’s found. Why not air it on an otherwise weak night for NBC (really, any night other than Thursday) or at a time when competition is weak? Fiday night’s been dying for a breakout hit since the X Files moved itself to Sunday.

  • Lorenzo

    I am posting this everywhere, so forgive me if you’re annoy.

    How can something like this exist? Why hasn’t no one taken it down? I hope someone at EW checks it out and writes a blog about it because as a person of color, this offends me more than anything that Flava Flav could do on his TV show (which actually I like).

  • Alex

    As a Sorkin fan, this show just wasn’t hitting the mark. The things that were supposed to be funny almost never were, and unlike the West Wing, a comedy sketch show isn’t exactly a great justification for those pompous speeches that made so much sense in the context of national politics. As you said yourself, Whitney, the show is the “worst kind of coastal narcissim”. Or something to that effect. I can’t be bothered to look up everything. :)

  • Rahul

    I’d stick ‘Studio 60′ on Wednesdays at 10. Elizabeth -start renting those two shows.

  • Kyle

    I miss Medium. I’m so glad it’s coming back in a couple weeks, even if it is on a different night. I think it was a big mistake for NBC to move it. I hope it still does well though. It is one of the most underrated shows out there.

  • McGee

    LOL, Mike–I too hope NBC chokes on Deal. Seriously, if they really want to be ABC (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, anyone?), the least they could do is give Aaron Sorkin a full season before dumping him for low ratings. (I know ABC gave him two, but Sports Night deserved that more than Studio 60 seems to now.)

  • Fatima

    I’m effing pissed.

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