Friday, June 01, 2007

Studio 60: Back to business as usual

After a brief respite from the overdramatic storylines that sunk Studio 60 like a pair of cement shoes, it's all come rushing back, with the addition of a cement sock or two. Matt's drug use? Discovered! Jordan's baby? In trouble! The sexual harassment lawsuit? Getting worse by the minute! Danny and Jordan? Fighting about Studio 60's ratings!

And just when you thought things couldn't get any worse, it seems Tom's brother, who is in the Armed Forces, is being held hostage by Iraqi insurgents. What the hell happened here? Actually, I guess it's not a big mystery. Aaron Sorkin was clearly all, "Uh-oh, the ratings are still going downhill, we'd better do something huge!" Here's a tip from me to you, Sorkin: Studio 60's strengths are its characters and its actors. Let them do their thing, without forcing it using absurd plot devices. Oops, too late.