Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Premieres: Monday, Sept. 18 Airs: Mondays at 10 p.m. The Pitch: Guess who's back? Aaron Sorkin, Tommy Schlamme, Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, Steven Weber and lots of other people you liked before on other shows "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" is a late-night sketch comedy show. Once the freshest program on television, it's fallen on hard times and the executive producer (Judd Hirsch) has just had an on-air meltdown. Concerned network bigwigs Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet) and Jack Rudolph (Weber) are forced to bring in a pair of old writers (Perry and Whitford) to right the ship. What They Got Right: Nobody does a walk-and-talk like Sorkin and Schlamme and the creator-producers are also pretty darned good with workplace shows after "Sports Night" and "The West Wing." The cast is unbelievably good, full of smart actors who obviously relish Sorkin's dialogue. The standout is Perry, who will stun viewers who only think of him as a bland sitcom star. Those in-the-know will have a great time trying to match up fictional character with their real-life counterparts. What's Oh, So Wrong: Sorkin and Schlamme have done this thing enough times that there's no way for it to seem entirely fresh. Just as the show's best parts are Sorkin trademarks, its cringeworthy moments -- an out-of-nowhere rant about the Religious Right, for example -- are also pure Sorkin. Recommended If ...: Writing, directing and acting are qualities you value in a television show. See More 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' Photos View Video Back to Fall TV Home
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