Dave White
The TV Set Review

Dave's Rating:

3.0

… funny enough …

Who's in It: David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver, Ioan Gruffudd, Judy Greer, Fran Kranz, Lindsay Sloane, Justine Bateman, Lucy Davis

The Basics: A writer has to endure the agony of seeing his television pilot undergo the fickle process of network "notes" (translation: when they impose their idiot ideas on you), bad casting and other control-freak tortures. It's funny enough, but also not, since the objects of its playful wrath are Teflon-coated and always the first ones to admit that they're evil incarnate. You kind of want a satire to sting its subject, but I guarantee you no one's going to be bothered by it at all.

What's the Deal? I'm a huge fan of director Jake Kasdan's Freaks and Geeks, so I didn't expect this to be scathing or anything, because that doesn't seem to be the kind of guy he is. But it mostly feels like he didn't want to bite the hand that feeds him. It should have been made by someone who's been repeatedly denied or screwed over by the industry — of course, such an outside project wouldn't have starred Weaver or Duchovny, because they'd be too expensive.

My Favorite Thing: It's set at a fictional network that programs shows with titles like Slut Wars!. And every time the subject of that show came up, my mind would wander and fantasize about what a show like that would really be about and how long into the future I have to wait before it became reality. Because I would watch it in a heartbeat. I understand that that makes me part of the problem, but not as much a part as Notes from the Underbelly or Family Guy.

My Other Favorite Thing: Bateman's in it. Remember how funny she used to be on Family Ties? Like, no joke, the funniest person on that show. Well, now it's a hundred years later, and she's in this being funny again. Every time she's on camera here is a good moment.

Not As Cool As: Network, The Player, Broadcast News.

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