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.
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as Richard McAllister
as Zach Harper
as Laurel Simon
as Natalie Klein
as Chloe McAllister
as Peggy Wallace
as Network Executive
as Network Executive
as Simon McAllister
as Vernon Maxwell
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Critic Reviews for The TV Set
The TV Set is a little wonder of a movie, as smart and sad and true as any comedy I've seen this year.
Honestly, isn't it a little late to be bemoaning sleazy reality TV?
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.
A facile but likable send-up of how things (don't) work in Hollywood.
This satire settles for simply restating the obvious.
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"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.
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.
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.
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