"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" was a television show written and produced by Aaron Sorkin. It remains the definitive case study for how a tv show can so much promise and have all the right pieces and have an end product that is trash.
If you've ever seen this TV show that detailed the backstage workings of a fictional version of Saturday Night Live, it was simultaneously one of the best and worst things you've ever seen. The acting was impassioned and there was a palpable drama to it but there were a number of jarring problems with the show as well.
Imagine that you're a successful writer and creator of a hit TV show and you have some creative diferences with the network so you're forced to pack up your bags and leave after four seasons.
Is the best way to deal with this?
a) Thank your lucky stars that you still have a shitload of money since as the show creator you get royalties every time .
b) Speak out against the show's creators publicly
c) Use your long-standing grudges as creative fuel for your next project. Base entire characters around people who you have long-standing grudges with and have those characters be constantly chastised by the heroic writer character who's just an avatar for yourself.
If you thought only a complete foolish egomaniac would choose C, welcome to the world of Aaron Sorkin. .....
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