Two of #1 Son’s friends from college stopped by while he was home on Fall Break last weekend. They had been on a leaf-peeping tour of New England, and City By the Sea was their last stop. We kept them overnight on Monday, and since we are all Aaron Sorkin fans, the many boys and I watched Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
It doesn’t hurt that the star on the left is a graduate of Formerly Methodist Currently Hiptastic University.
We chatted during the commercial breaks about The West Wing, and I explained that Pure Luck refused to watch it.
"It’s political porn," he would say. "You watch it to escape the real world. But it’s too painful for me to have to return to reality."
Studio 60 is exploring the culture wars between the Religious Right and the Hollywood Left. I am enjoying it not only for the humor but also for the cultural references. It’s nice to watch a show written by someone who may have actually read a book or two. I’m a geek, and I love a good Gilbert and Sullivan reference. (In fact, "And It’s Surely to Their Credit" may be my favorite TWW episode of all.)
The plot threads of this week’s Studio 60 included the attempts of a network executive to buy a show the young writer really wants to shop at HBO. He can’t believe a network would like his stuff, which is rather highbrow. The executive, who is pretty and smart and thoroughly out of another reality, insists that people ought to be able to see good drama on free network TV.
Meanwhile, Sting has been on the show-within-the-show, and he is playing a lute and singing "Come Again," a 400-year-old song, and I turn to the boys and say, "This is Culture Porn!!"
No wonder we love it so much.