I can’t believe that a new Aaron Sorkin show debuted last night and I haven’t even written about it yet. What makes my silence even more amazing is there is actually an openly Christian character on the show and the opening episode sort of dealt with her making choices as a Christian and as a performer. I actually have a good excuse for not writing sooner: my VCR ate my tape and so I didn’t get to watch it last night. (by the way if you want to donate to the get Shane a DVR fund then you can click the donate button on the left). But I went to NBC.com and watched the whole show there just now. I don’t know if the show is ultimately going to be any good, but here are my general impressions.
- It really is The West Wing meets Saturday Night Live. I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing, but these two guys are looking at their new boss and are wondering if she really could someone who wants to make television good again. It is just like looking at Bartlet and thinking that he is a guy who wants to do politics right.
- Amanda Peet did great. I normally don’t like her, but she was the bright spot in this show. It helped that she had some really great dialog to say, but I loved her.
- Speaking of the dialog, even if the show doesn’t make it I love to listen to Aaron’s character talk.
- This is a quote made by a cast member who was being picked on about her faith. The guy before her asked her if she prayed before every show then how did this one not work out and she said, "Until you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior or make someone laugh talk to somebody else"
- I don’t really know about the whole Christian character. It feels strange to me because she felt so real. She wasn’t preachy or a stereotype. She felt like a Christian trying to make it in the world.
- Of course I do love the fact that her boyfriend broke up with her because she went on the 700 club. I tend to lose respect for people when they go on that show too.
One last thing, did NBC really schedule 2 shows that were about the behind the scenes of making a TV show (30 Rock is the other one a comedy on Wednesday nights). I guess they figured that when a show works there are always a thousand copies so why not start by making the copy right from the beginning. Another cool thing that I did see from looking at the fall line-ups. It seems like Reality shows are going away. The ones that are established are still going strong, but there are more new actual shows this fall than in recent years. Huzzah for script writers!