The TV Set (2007)



Critic Consensus: Offering both broad and insider jokes, The TV Set is a sharp satire that will please both the average moviegoers and pop culture aficionados.

Movie Info

Writer/director Jake Kasdan's showbiz comedy The TV Set stars David Duchovny as Mike Klein, a television producer who in the beginning of the film successfully sells a network on a story idea. The film follows Klein as he must actually put the show together, navigate the corporate minefield of the network, and figure out what aspects of his show he is willing to compromise. Sigourney Weaver plays the demanding president of the network, Justine Bateman plays Klein's wife, and Judy Greer plays his … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jake Kasdan
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On DVD: Sep 25, 2007
Box Office: $34.5k
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as Richard McAllister

as Laurel Simon

as Zach Harper

as Natalie Klein

as Chloe McAllister

as Peggy Wallace

as Network Executive

as Network Executive

as Simon McAllister

as Hutch

as Vernon Maxwell
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Critic Reviews for The TV Set

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (32)

The TV Set is a little wonder of a movie, as smart and sad and true as any comedy I've seen this year.

Full Review… | August 18, 2007
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Honestly, isn't it a little late to be bemoaning sleazy reality TV?

Full Review… | July 13, 2007
Miami Herald
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The appalling sausage factory that produces what we see on network TV is nicely skewered in The TV Set, an engaging if not exactly edgy comedy that exists to restate the obvious.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
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A facile but likable send-up of how things (don't) work in Hollywood.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This satire settles for simply restating the obvious.

May 5, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A somewhat cold and calculated film that apparently unconsciously exemplifies that which it intends to criticize.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for The TV Set

"A place where dreams are canceled"

The story of a TV pilot as it goes through the Network TV process of casting, production and finally airing.

Jake Kasdan's satire, "The TV Set", is a pitch perfect , dead-on depiction of the myopic vision of American television which has become a vast wasteland of so-called 'reality' shows and mean-spirited game shows when in essence, the true pillars of its foundation, the scripted format is on the wane. Never before has a sharp-edged black comedy been needed to poke at the underbelly of the medium than now. The filmmaker cut his teeth on TV including the much critically lauded, hastily dispatched "Freaks & Geeks, that his insider voice is on full display for biting the hand that fed him and for rubbing its ilk in the mess its created.

Kasdan layers everything with a touch of stinging wit, caustic dialogue, and unbelievable accuracy of how some people truly are so incredibly dense to the matters of the creative process it's a true wonder how the hell they got so far (let alone dressed themselves in the morning and made the effort at a daily life!) Duchovny's Mike Klein, behind a thatch of itchy/scratchy beard as a mask of indifference to what is thrown at him knowing ultimately he will have to acquiesce at basically every power play and sign his soul away to get his baby on the air; truly soul-crushing to watch one's lifetime dream become a living nightmare. While not a classic like "The Player" or even "Network" the film works on its own merits by not caving in to be likable either; Lenny wouldn't have it any other way.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

Duchevny is just fine in this role, but Sigorney steals every single scene she's in, getting almost all the laughs in the film.
This is well trodden ground, and while it does a reasonable job (recalling the hilarious, short lived, tv show "Action"), I felt that the guy cast as the male lead in the tv show was just as over the top as his acting ablility was supposed to be - which was distracting and caused the film to lose momentum and direction. Yes, the guy was supposed to be a moron, but the film shouldn't have been about him, except as a gentle nudge at what the creator (Duchevny) had to deal with. The way in which he hit on his co-star was weak and unnesessary - right out of comedy script 101. Were we supposed to laugh there? Gee, wasn't he "zanny". Nope.

Too bad, as there were some tightly written moments, and as absurd as Sigorney's charactor was, she's such a consumate actress that you believed that she believed every word.

paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

I great idea, great cast, just not very well executed.

To those of us who feel like network TV is (for the most part) SHIT...this will seem like a very tame (sometimes ammusing) attempt to point out why network TV is so bad. It could have been done in a much more effective and "biting" sort of manner.

To those who enjoy their reality TV and mundane, cookie-cutter sit-coms, it will mean nothing.

I was left feeling that perhaps this film was a victim of the very subject matter they were meant to be parodying.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

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