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There’s word that Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip is about to get the axe, despite NBC’s announcement Friday that it ordered up a whopping three extra episodes of the portentious drama about the serious folk behind a weekly comedy show.
(But what if the show’s creator and writer Aaron Sorkin turned his attention to baseball? Keep reading.)Roger Friedman at Fox says cast members are spreading word that they’ll soon be available for work. Friedman’s story is spreading through the industry. And these prophecies have a habit of becoming self-fulfilling. Besides, last week, Sorkin’s earnest drama about a weekly comedy show lost half of the 14 million viewers the surprise hit Heroes delivered as a lead-in. Tomorrow’s episode is being bumped for Friday Night Lights.
One good thing: Tabloid Baby’s pal DL Hughley, star of the cult motion picture comedy, Cloud 9, showed off his dramatic chops to good effect and will probably move a step or two up the star chain.
Another good thing to emerge from the Studio 60 mess? Sorkin’s earnest, message-filled and very expensive series inspired Ken Levine to offer a lesson in comedy. The legendary Cheers writer has come up with a mini-classic: “If Aaron Sorkin wrote a show about baseball…”