Recent viewing

Studio 60: It’s been every bit as good as I hoped. This show combines Aaron Sorkin’s typically smart writing with an insider’s knowledge of what really goes on behind the scenes, and as a former stage manager and film production student myself, I enjoy that immensely. Matthew Perry has not once reminded me of Chandler on Friends, which I mean as a compliment — for him, solid acting has replaced the shtick. As for Bradley Whitford, he’s been good too, even if every so often he does or says something that is very Josh Lyman-like.

Gilmore Girls: Rumor has it that this is the show’s last year, and it does feel like the producers are in wrapping-things-up mode. Which isn’t to say that there won’t be a lot of twists and turns in the plots, but so far they’ve been a bit more predictable. Still, I care about the characters, and will probably keep watching just to find out if the relationships end up the way I think they will.

Boston Legal: I finally caught an episode, which was bizarre in the way that only David E. Kelley can be and still be funny and intelligent. I know Murphy Brown was a heck of a character, but Shirley Schmidt simply takes no prisoners. The thought of Denny and Alan wrestling over Shirley is utterly ludicrous, and I can’t wait to see it.

I missed an opportunity last night to watch NBC’s Kidnapped, which might be just as well. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is going to shut down production in a few weeks. The network has committed to airing all 13 episodes, which will either tie up all the loose ends or leave everyone hanging until the two-hour TV movie gets made.

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