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Monday, December 19th, 2011

The 20 Specials of Christmas: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

I had to. I know that Studio 60 isn't a comedy, it's a drama about a comedy. But this is every reason that basic premise failed. It's an episode about a comedy show putting on a Christmas special that's neither funny nor filled with any sense of genuine holiday spirit.

Plot, Why Not:

The show has never done a Christmas show, and Matt thinks it's time for a change! But the other people don't like Christmas! A CHRISTMAS IN LOS ANGELES? OH, BROTHER!

But, uh-uh, Grinches: Matt is going to cheer them up with some forced smiles and way-too-fast dialogue! Can show business and a time for joy co-exist? Yes in a vaguely pretentious way that overshoots its commentary on America!

I wanted to enjoy this special. Hell, I wanted to enjoy Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. But the special, like the show itself, is so forced. The opening of the special-within-a-special is a post-Katrina tribute to New Orleans that's almost impossible to hear over the sound of Aaron Sorkin patting himself on the back.

I wanted to link the whole episode, but why bother? You can find the rest of the episode in a Best Buy bargain bin. Give it to someone you hate.

Mike Drucker is a lovely man with many positive characteristics. He has written for Saturday Night Live, The Onion, McSweeney's, and Nintendo. He's also a stand-up or something, I guess.

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