Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Feel the Sting

For the fourth week in a row, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip has lost ratings, and you have to wonder if where the bottom lies for Aaron Sorkin's latest series (it's now lower then What About Brian? - can't get much lower.) Well, if the music from last night has any effect, it might... get... even... lower.

If I make a list for worst musical moments on TV for this season, last night's episode will probably take the top spot when all is said and done. Why would a show that claims to be smart and 'of the moment,' have Sting come on (that alone raises a flag) and perform on a lute? (Just watch and try not to giggle.) I'm not here to knock Elizabeth-era songwriting - John Dowland (the songwriter) been literally dead for centuries and deserves better. Sting, on the other hand, has only been figuratively dead for over a decade. If Sorkin thinks this is who would be booked on an edgy sketch comedy show, the show might be in more trouble then even the slipping ratings are letting on.

Outside of that, it was great to see Ed "Lou Grant" Asner back in televison, even if he's quoting Bill Parcells ("if you want her to cook the meal, you got to let her shop for the groceries.")

Playlist: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - Episode 104
1. "Come Again" - Sting
2. "Keep It Loose, Keep it Tight" - Amos Lee
3. "Fields Of Gold" - Sting

The Onion reminisces about the early days of Studio 60

Watching some good friends screaming let me out!

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