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A deadpan David Duchovny and a "flat-out fabulous" (Rolling Stone) Sigourney Weaver topline a "crackerjack cast" (Entertainment Weekly) in this uproarious, edgy peek into the world of network television...where ratings are king, and big dreams don't always fit on the small screen!

TV writer Mike Klein (Duchovny) is in the Prime Time of his life: his show just got picked up by a network, his favorite actor is set to star, and his wife is about to have a baby. But even though his wife is sure to deliver, the Network President (Weaver) might not! After locking horns with the steely suit, the hapless scribe must scramble to maintain creative control, before his beloved project is altered irrevocably, and his entire career winds up in permanent hiatus!


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 204776826
UPC 024543460596
UPC 14 00024543460596
Format DVD
Release Date 8/19/2014
Rating Rating
Television Programs
Television Shows
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Go to any bar in Hollywood and you're sure to find a hard-done-by writer who is drowning his or her sorrows after being chewed up and spat out by the network television system. In THE TV SET, Mike Klein (David Duchovny) seems set to join them. Klein's script for a TV show called THE WEXLER CHRONICLES was inspired by his brother's suicide, and is very close to his heart. After selling the script to PDN, who are headed by a fearsome executive simply known as Lenny (Sigourney Weaver), Klein watches as everything from the casting to the production goes horribly wrong. Klein has one buddy at the network, a Brit named Richard McCallister. McCallister's former position at the BBC leads Klein to believe that some quality control will be exerted over his project, and hopes McCallister will pull it out of the mire of mundanity that PDN thrives on. But he's very, very wrong, and as Klein's dream turns into dust--the show barely resembles anything he wrote--his health takes a turn for the worse and he enters mid-life-crisis mode.^Duchovny and Weaver are outstanding in their roles, adding just the right balance of humor and anger to their characters. THE TV SET is ostensibly a comedy, but may make for painful viewing for anyone involved in the industry, or anyone who hates seeing dreams shattered. But director Jake Kasdan (ZERO EFFECT) manages to add a large dose of absurdity to the proceedings, saving it from being too depressing, and making many of the scenes a genuine hoot.
Box Office "Having toiled in the industry, Jake Kasdan knows what he's talking about, and the accuracy of his shrewd parody concerning the fate of a sitcom during pilot season is a major strength." 04/01/2007 p.100
New York Times "[I]t might have worked as a pilot in its own right. The humor is threaded almost invisibly beneath the surface." 04/06/2007 p.E10
Entertainment Weekly "[T]his very smart, very funny movie about the making of a network sitcom is a cut-glass gem of a showbiz conceit." -- Grade: A- 04/13/2007 p.55
Sight and Sound "[I]t's full of sly insider jabs at the inanity of the process, and the performances are spot-on." 03/01/2008 98
Jake Kasdan
Ioan Gruffudd
David Duchovny
Sigourney Weaver
Cast & Crew
David Duchovny - Actor
Ioan Gruffudd - Actor
Jake Kasdan - Director
Jake Kasdan - Writer
Jefferson Sage - Production Designer
Judd Apatow - Executive Producer
Justine Bateman - Actor
Lauren E. Polizzi - Art Director
Lindsay Sloane - Actor
M.C. Gainey - Actor
Michael Andrews - Original Music By
Paul Pressburger - Producer
Philip Baker Hall - Actor
Seth Green - Featuring
Sigourney Weaver - Actor
Tara Timpone - Editor
Uta Briesewitz - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 2246059
UPC 00024543460596
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 87 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Review Much like the television pilot it revolves around, the pale satire The TV Set doesn't quite know what it wants to be. Though the film attempts to spoof the network development process, writer/director Jake Kasdan never really chomps down on his fleshy subject and tears it a new one, opting instead for a more hangdog approach. Perhaps Kasdan, who helmed the pilots of the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, didn't want to bite the hand that's fed him. Okay, understood--but then, why bother? In addition, despite a few chuckles of recognition, this is a movie that drastically needed, in TV lingo, a punch-up; it's woefully short of laughs...The material also doesn't feel fresh, especially since much of the territory skewered here has been attacked with far more gusto in a raft of movies from Network to The Player, and on TV shows like Showtime's underrated Beggars and Choosers and HBO's Entourage. One can't help but wonder how parody maestro Christopher Guest might've lit into the TV world, given the comic mileage he scored sending up the movie business in both For Your Consideration and The Big Picture.
Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Variety
Review An insider pic likely to produce a few knowing guffaws from the industry but only occasional chuckles from John Q. Public, "The TV Set" reps a mild parody of the process behind tube pilot development, but can't quite balance caricature with more serious side elements...A veteran of the ego-crushing process of small-screen development himself ("Freaks and Geeks," "Undeclared"), Kasdan knows his target, showing up the ways in which group decisions suck out originality and pander to the lowest common denominator...As usual, Weaver does the best she can with the lines given, though her Lenny is played in a broad manner, occasionally teetering toward an imitation of Faye Dunaway at her least subtle. Duchovny is solid if bland, and while he's not expanding his repertoire, he's well-suited to the role. Justine Bateman, as Mike's pregnant wife, exudes warmth and intelligence, coming off best in the few scenes she's given; it's easy to imagine wanting to come home to this woman after a tiring day...Kasdan's wise decision to shoot in widescreen Panavision pays off in the way it distinguishes between small-screen actions and the cinematic pic itself, and d.p. Uta Briesewitz's frequent use of controlled handheld lensing provides the appropriate sense of casual buoyancy in comic scenes.
Reviewer Jay Weissberg
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Duchovny,David
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Dana Stevens, Slate ...a little wonder of a movie, as smart and sad and true as any comedy I've seen this year.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...this very smart, very funny movie about the making of a network sitcom is a cut-glass gem of a showbiz conceit.
M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian Weaver is hilarious and horrifying.
Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle A wickedly funny satire!
Ty Burr, Boston Globe A tart, smart, closely observed satire of the television industry.

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