TV Set (2007)
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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!
"...this very smart, very funny movie about the making of a network sitcom is a cut-glass gem of a showbiz conceit. Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Weaver is hilarious and horrifying. M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian
"A wickedly funny satire! Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"A tart, smart, closely observed satire of the television industry. Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Editor's NoteGo 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.
Cast & Crew
|Philip Baker Hall|
|Jake Kasdan - Director|
|Jake Kasdan - Writer|
|Jefferson Sage - Production Designer|
|Judd Apatow - Executive Producer|
|Lauren E. Polizzi - Art Director|
|Michael Andrews - Original Music By|
|Paul Pressburger - Producer|
|Seth Green - Featuring|
|Tara Timpone - Editor|
|Uta Briesewitz - Cinematographer|
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