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The TV Set (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 76
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 27

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

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 10

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

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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

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Jake Kasdan

Sep 25, 2007

$34.5k

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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (27) | DVD (10)

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

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

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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.

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

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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...an intriguing, occasionally horrifying look at the behind-the-scenes shenanigans within the network-television world.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Sad, slow and rather boring story about how writers get dumped on and smart television shows get dumbed down.

January 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

David Duchovny owns this movie

January 6, 2008

The best thing that one can say about this film, is that it's probably too good for TV.

December 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's interesting and funny and agonizing and illuminating to know what happens before you get that first annoying animated promo for a new show. For fans of: Undeclared, Studio 60.

November 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Sharky, cynical look at TV world needs more bite.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

What rescues The TV Set is the character work.

October 3, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Not a backstage film for the ages, but it manages to be a bit more useful than the vast bulk of its stablemates.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Is it a travesty? A farce? Utterly preposterous? Exactly.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

This very inside but modestly amusing show-business satire doesn't seem too far-fetched or exaggerated.

May 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

"The TV Set" feels a little underdone and half-realized, as if it were the pilot episode for a show that never got picked up for the fall season.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Comment (1)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A weak satire of network television programming, telling you nothing you don't already know and doing so without providing much more than the occsasional mild chuckle.

May 17, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

David Duchovny, Justine Bateman, Ioan Gruffudd and Sigourney Weaver star in this biting look at the creatively draining world of TV sitcom production.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Kasdan goes too far over the top on occasion. But he mostly straddles the line between reality and absurdity. But in network TV, reality is absurdity.

May 4, 2007
Sacramento Bee

Savage little morality tale.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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.

REVIEW
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.
March 10, 2010
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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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.
August 30, 2008
maxthesax
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.
August 22, 2008
RCCLBC
Robert C

Super Reviewer

One bright star each for Ioan Gruffudd and Judy Greer. In an otherwise plodding look at the compromising of principles in the battle for TV network success, these two actors stand a cut above a very mediocre attempt at telling us something we all already know.
December 31, 2007
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