Watched side 1/disc 1/box 1/season 1 of Sports Night tonight. Really really quite excellent. The laugh track is quite disconcerting (is it even a laugh track? I can't tell), and I think i would prefer it iff it didn't have it or if it wasn't filmed in front of an audience that was captured for the show. Each episode is also too damn short. After being so used to Sorkin's excellent writing in WW i foudn myself disaapointed by the 20 minute shows that introduced and tore down a subject before you even got a chance to digest it. There was a two-parter and that one shined. It seems pretty similar to WW with the strong emphasis on characters, chemistry and generally great witty writing. It also seems like this was an experiment on Sorkin's part to try out getting across a strong issues. In just 6 episodes he's covered topics such a rape, drug abuse, ethics in the media and painful divorces. With such topics I'm suprised by how much I end up laughing throughout the episode. I also think it's amusing that writers play such a large role in these shows (especially with some very attractive people being attracted to the writer's 'talents'). I'm sure if I wrote a show it would involve some pretty kick-ass programmers and legions of people following them. Wait... I don't need a show for that, that's my life as it exists today.

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