I was really looking forward to seeing the premiere of the new Aaron Sorkin TV show “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and thanks to our rather adult rehearsal schedule (9:30 am to 3:30pm), I was able to see it.

I was a huge fan of the West Wing and more so of its creator Sorkin. His use of dialogue, timing, humor and intelligence has brought his shows a strong following of fans not only among viewer but in the entertainment field as well. The cast of the new show has so many good actors you gotta figure they were all fighting each other to get on the program. From the opening moral meltdown to the closing promise of a series filled with challenge, it hit all the right notes.

He approaches topics like the midlessness of television, the pressure of business, politics and religion on entertainment, sobriety and whether quality has any place in current culture in the pilot. The pacing was much like the West Wing, fast, smart and funny. It’s been a while since I had a network show to look forward to. With the limitations still in place for a show on broadcast TV that the shows on HBO and FX don’t have to recognize you have to play clean and smart. I am a fan of the lead actors; I still had no problem believing they were not just those guys from the West Wing predtending to be someone else.

When you have people like Sorkin and David Mamet working in network TV, there is a chance you might see something thought prevoking and well written. I also have enjoyed the FX shows The Shield and Rescue Me in the past few years, though they supply a different need for me.

If you get a chance, check out Studio 60.

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