Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Best Studio 60 moment so far

After having watched the pilot of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip over a month ago, I was still looking forward to seeing it again for one simple reason. Judd Hirsch's Wes Mandell having an on camera breakdown and telling it like it is.

Even though it is fictional, everything he says is true. I wanted to post the text today, but I couldn't find it, so you will have to make due with the video.

If you didn't watch it last night, Check out the speech before NBC cracks down and makes a certain video repository take it down. It is high class television

4 comments:

brian423 said...

I share Judd Hirsch's character's contempt for the Federal Communications Communist Commission. But being libertarian rather than liberal, I have problems with other points of the speech. Some examples: 1.) Art and commerce are in somewhat less conflict than he thinks. 2.) If a TV remote control is a "crack pipe" in the prohibitionist voodoo-pharmacology sense, it follows logically that the American people are too impressionable to be trusted with the First Amendment. 3.) He sanctimoniously blurs the distinction between ethics and aesthetics by calling the TV shows he happens to dislike a bad influence on society.

I admit I've crammed a lot of controversial statements into the above paragraph, but I get tired of typing the same arguments over and over.
I admit I've crammed a lot of controversial statements into the above paragraph, but I get tired of typing the same arguments over and over.

MC said...

*cracks knuckles*

Brian, my feelings about the FCC and other censors is well know by now. I would like to note that I don't really think you are being controversial however.

Semaj said...

What an intro! Great speech, and I agree with everything he said.

The character is right, there needs to be a change in TV

MC said...

Of course, Nielsen is going to have more to do with that than mere speech. If people didn't watch or support programs that were less than fresh, the conglomerates would stop making them.

Of course, we all know that isn't going to happen.