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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
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Duchovny,David
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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
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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