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While some of the gags may be a little too inside baseball, anyone who has seen Broadcast News or reads the occasional issue of 'Entertainment Weekly' will have no problem understanding and enjoying Kasdan's chomp on the hand that once fed him.
Writer-director Jake Kasdan has been through his share of meetings with production executives eager to share their ideas on improving his ideas, and in The TV Set, we see that dynamic play out from beginning to corrosive end.
Kasdan wisely doesn't make this about the big, bad bosses vs. the creative geniuses who won't compromise. It's a well-balanced look at a process, which, from the outside seems arbitrary and convoluted, but from the inside makes sense.
A wickedly funny satire about the vast wasteland takes the position that shows aren't born dumb. They get that way because of network meddling and a widely held assumption that audiences prefer pabulum.
Call me crazy, but there's a lot more going on in The TV Set than first meets the eye. You'll have major fun at this movie. But what makes it something special is the way [director] Kasdan laces the laughs with a sting.
Kasdan, a TV industry veteran, knows his territory well and has translated his experiences with an obvious verisimilitude. But for all the dead-on accuracy of his characterizations and situations, there is little that is terribly surprising here.