Thanks to our wonderful friend and next-door-neighbor, the lovely and talented David Petrarca, we got to go onto the set of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and it was completely fabulous watching him direct one of the upcoming episodes. Easily the best television set I’ve ever seen (indeed, one of the best sets ever built, the workers assured me). They basically recreated an entire theater inside a warehouse studio on the Warner Brothers lot, and it’s like a jungle gym: every single room, every staircase, every nook and cranny can be used in the plot. It’s like an M.C. Escher painting filled with monitors.
I got to meet Aaron Sorkin, the Patron Saint of Smart Television, and see some of your favorite stars in action. David himself was terrific; laid-back and completely in control. I don’t know if you’ve seen any of the previews (or the pilot leaked on YouTube) but we’re super-psyched for the season. Set your Tivos to STUN, baby!
Which leads to today’s CODE WORD: Which new TV shows are you aware of, and which are you psyched to watch?