Tuesday, October 18, 2005

When Your Only Tool Is a TV Camera, Every Premise Looks Like a TV Show

According to the futon critic, NBC has signed a deal with Aaron Sorkin for a series that is tentatively titled "Studio 7 on the Sunset Strip."
The project, which Sorkin wrote on spec, is described as a "Sports Night"-esque look at the lives of those that work on a long-running "Saturday Night Live"-esque sketch-comedy show based in Los Angeles. (source: the futon critic)
As if we don't see enough TV by just watching the tube. Now we get to watch more TV shows about TV shows. And yes, there are even TV shows about TV shows about TV shows. But we won't dive that deep into the shark-ridden waters of reality and talk TV.

What's our fascination with "The Making of..." and "Behind the Scenes of..." anyways? We want to feel part of the process. We all want to feel like we know something that we weren't supposed to know. Or that we'll know some trivial fact that makes us seemingly a little more hip at the next party.

Is this a recent trend? Not really. Back in the 1950s, some of us watched "Behind the Scenes at Disneyland with Fess Parker." In the 1980s, we watched TV specials about "The Making of Superman" and "The Making of Supergirl." During the 1990s, we watched "The Making of Jurassic Park" and Behind the Scenes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Beverly Hills, 90210." And in the early 2000s, we watched "The Making of Fear Factor" and "The Making of The Passion of the Christ."

"Studio 7 on the Sunset Strip" will not be the only series about TV shows. Can you match each of these scripted TV series with their on-air counterparts?

TV SeriesOn-Air TV Series
1."Murphy Brown"a."Wake Up, Providence"
2."The Sinbad Show"b."Ticket to Ride"
3."The Two of Us"c."Sweetknuckle Junction"
4."Life with Bonnie"d."Tool Time"
5."Greg the Bunny"e."Morning Chicago"
6."On the Air"f."F.Y.I."
7."A Fine Romance"g."The Lester Guy Show"
8."Home Improvement"h."It's Science Time"
9."Doctor, Doctor"i."Breakfast with Charlie"
10."The Tom Show"j."Mid-Morning Manhattan"


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