TV Set, The

Reviewed by Tim Grierson

A familiar satire of the entertainment industry, The TV Set is enlivened by several sharp observations about the complicated personal lives of those who try to make a living in such a cutthroat environment. Writer-director Jake Kasdan (Zero Effect and Orange County) cant resist taking some easy shots at the banality of American network television, but thankfully his mostly well-acted comedy finds enough moments of truth to make this umpteenth pop-culture putdown memorable.

Mike (David Duchovny), a moderately successful television writer-producer, prepares to cast his autobiographical pilot, The Wexler Chronicles, which has just been purchased by a network. However, because more pilots are purchased than will end up on the air, Mike knows that good casting and a compellingly-shot first episode are crucial if the show is to secure a primetime slot.

But a mountain of roadblocks presents themselves, threatening to derail The Wexler Chronicles: a flakey lead actor (Fran Kranz), whom the network loves, despite his minimal talent; the overbearing network president Lenny (Sigourney Weaver), who possesses an unbending confidence that her every decision is correct; and Mikes spineless manager (Judy Greer), who would rather make everyone happy rather than stick up for her clients passion project.

From its first moments, The TV Set announces itself as an insider spoof of the arduous process television shows must go through in order to reach the home viewer. Kasdan takes us from casting to the pilot shoot to the studio notes to, finally, the test audiences. Without question, the process involves many maddening interferences and outside input that weaken the creative product, but The TV Set ultimately covers well-worn terrain that has been always satirized on everything from The Simpsons to 30 Rock. In addition, film-industry satires such as The Player and State and Main arent all that different than their television-spoofing counterparts in documenting how creativity often takes a back seat to ego and corporate interests.

Beyond the predictable jokes about vapid actresses and dishonest studio executives, The TV Set too often goes for easy, over-the-top observations about televisions lowest-common-denominator mentality. To illustrate the lowbrow appeal of reality television, Kasdan names the biggest hit on Lennys network Slut Wars, a pretty tame joke that isnt nearly sharp or mean enough to leave much of a sting.

In addition, Weavers portrayal of the ball-busting Lenny hits many obvious notes. By rendering Lenny as supremely confident, egotistical, and rigid, Weaver gives a performance thats more mannered than inspired, calling to mind many abrasively bitchy fictional female executives of the past.

Thankfully, The TV Set works much better when looking at the personal lives of those who give most of their waking hours working in the competitive, demanding television business. Specifically, Kasdans focus on two conflicted, likable men gives this simple satire its much-needed soul.

The first is Richard, played by Ioan Gruffudd, a Briton who enjoyed acclaim working at the BBC before being lured across the pond to work in Hollywood. Richard is a man of integrity devoted to his wife and son, but his recent move to the States has proven to be a deal with the devil: Hes a mover and shaker in the worlds entertainment capital, but he hates the projects hes working on and his family just wants to go home.

As he did in his starring role in the early 2007 release Amazing Grace, Gruffudd demonstrates a winning integrity and decency that feels noble rather than stuffy. Gruffudd balances Richards ambitions with his desire not to let the business ruin his real life. But at the same time, Kasdan shows how Richard is savvy enough to know when to fight for quality work at his job and when delicate compromise is required. With an understated style, Gruffudd ably expresses Richards growing doubt about the wisdom of the life-altering career change hes put himself and his family through.

The films other memorable turn comes from Duchovny, who makes Mike an impassioned artist who knows that hes working in a medium that cares little for impassioned artists. Kasdan and Duchovny could have taken the easy way out by envisioning Mike as a humorless man of principle, a mouthpiece for the filmmakers contemptuous point of view. But instead, The TV Set uses Mikes conflict as a conduit to discuss how we all must balance our ideals against lifes painful realities.

The Wexler Chronicles involves a young man reeling from the suicide of his brother, a situation inspired by Mikes life. And while Lenny firmly believes that they need to lose the suicide angle its too much of a downer Mike cant bear the thought because the childhood trauma inspired him to write the pilot in the first place. Nonetheless, Mike has a wife and young child at home, and another child on the way, and so he must decide how far hes willing to bend so that he can be proud of the final product and yet still make sure it gets on the air.

The scenes between Mike and his wife Natalie (Justine Bateman) have a touching authenticity to them which are a nice reminder that even those who work in the seemingly glamorous entertainment industry have the same financial and family concerns as everyone else. And Duchovny does great work juggling the scripts comedic and serious moments. Mike perfectly understands his conundrum: Hes driven to create in a business that will try to keep his work as tame and insipid as possible. More than anything else, the poignancy of Mikes struggle to rectify that dichotomy is the main reason to forgive The TV Set when it sometimes feels as uninspired as the lackluster network shows its supposedly roasting.

Credits

Running time: 89 minutes

Director: Jake Kasdan
Production companies: Wexler Chronicles
US distribution: THINKFilm
Producers: Aaron Ryder, Jake Kasdan
Executive producers: Lawrence Kasdan, Judd Apatow
Co-producer: Ron Schmidt
Associate producers: Carey Dietrich, Paul Pressburger, Howard Tager
Screenplay: Jake Kasdan
Cinematography: Uta Briesewitz
Editor: Tara Timpone
Production design: Jefferson Sage
Music: Michael Andrews

Cast

Mike (David Duchovny)
Lenny (Sigourney Weaver)
Richard (Ioan Gruffudd)
Alice (Judy Greer)
Zach (Fran Kranz)
Laurel (Lindsay Sloane)
Natalie (Justine Bateman)
Chloe (Lucy Davis)

xosotin chelseathông tin chuyển nhượngcâu lạc bộ bóng đá arsenalbóng đá atalantabundesligacầu thủ haalandUEFAevertonxosokeonhacaiketquabongdalichthidau7m.newskqbdtysokeobongdabongdalufutebol ao vivofutemaxmulticanaisonbetbsport.fitonbet88.oooi9bet.bizhi88.ooookvip.atf8bet.atfb88.cashvn88.cashshbet.atbóng đá world cupbóng đá inter milantin juventusbenzemala ligaclb leicester cityMUman citymessi lionelsalahnapolineymarpsgronaldoserie atottenhamvalenciaAS ROMALeverkusenac milanmbappenapolinewcastleaston villaliverpoolfa cupreal madridpremier leagueAjaxbao bong da247EPLbarcelonabournemouthaff cupasean footballbên lề sân cỏbáo bóng đá mớibóng đá cúp thế giớitin bóng đá ViệtUEFAbáo bóng đá việt namHuyền thoại bóng đágiải ngoại hạng anhSeagametap chi bong da the gioitin bong da lutrận đấu hôm nayviệt nam bóng đátin nong bong daBóng đá nữthể thao 7m24h bóng đábóng đá hôm naythe thao ngoai hang anhtin nhanh bóng đáphòng thay đồ bóng đábóng đá phủikèo nhà cái onbetbóng đá lu 2thông tin phòng thay đồthe thao vuaapp đánh lô đềdudoanxosoxổ số giải đặc biệthôm nay xổ sốkèo đẹp hôm nayketquaxosokq xskqxsmnsoi cầu ba miềnsoi cau thong kesxkt hôm naythế giới xổ sốxổ số 24hxo.soxoso3mienxo so ba mienxoso dac bietxosodientoanxổ số dự đoánvé số chiều xổxoso ket quaxosokienthietxoso kq hôm nayxoso ktxổ số megaxổ số mới nhất hôm nayxoso truc tiepxoso ViệtSX3MIENxs dự đoánxs mien bac hom nayxs miên namxsmientrungxsmn thu 7con số may mắn hôm nayKQXS 3 miền Bắc Trung Nam Nhanhdự đoán xổ số 3 miềndò vé sốdu doan xo so hom nayket qua xo xoket qua xo so.vntrúng thưởng xo sokq xoso trực tiếpket qua xskqxs 247số miền nams0x0 mienbacxosobamien hôm naysố đẹp hôm naysố đẹp trực tuyếnnuôi số đẹpxo so hom quaxoso ketquaxstruc tiep hom nayxổ số kiến thiết trực tiếpxổ số kq hôm nayso xo kq trực tuyenkết quả xổ số miền bắc trực tiếpxo so miền namxổ số miền nam trực tiếptrực tiếp xổ số hôm nayket wa xsKQ XOSOxoso onlinexo so truc tiep hom nayxsttso mien bac trong ngàyKQXS3Msố so mien bacdu doan xo so onlinedu doan cau loxổ số kenokqxs vnKQXOSOKQXS hôm naytrực tiếp kết quả xổ số ba miềncap lo dep nhat hom naysoi cầu chuẩn hôm nayso ket qua xo soXem kết quả xổ số nhanh nhấtSX3MIENXSMB chủ nhậtKQXSMNkết quả mở giải trực tuyếnGiờ vàng chốt số OnlineĐánh Đề Con Gìdò số miền namdò vé số hôm nayso mo so debach thủ lô đẹp nhất hôm naycầu đề hôm naykết quả xổ số kiến thiết toàn quốccau dep 88xsmb rong bach kimket qua xs 2023dự đoán xổ số hàng ngàyBạch thủ đề miền BắcSoi Cầu MB thần tàisoi cau vip 247soi cầu tốtsoi cầu miễn phísoi cau mb vipxsmb hom nayxs vietlottxsmn hôm naycầu lô đẹpthống kê lô kép xổ số miền Bắcquay thử xsmnxổ số thần tàiQuay thử XSMTxổ số chiều nayxo so mien nam hom nayweb đánh lô đề trực tuyến uy tínKQXS hôm nayxsmb ngày hôm nayXSMT chủ nhậtxổ số Power 6/55KQXS A trúng roycao thủ chốt sốbảng xổ số đặc biệtsoi cầu 247 vipsoi cầu wap 666Soi cầu miễn phí 888 VIPSoi Cau Chuan MBđộc thủ desố miền bắcthần tài cho sốKết quả xổ số thần tàiXem trực tiếp xổ sốXIN SỐ THẦN TÀI THỔ ĐỊACầu lô số đẹplô đẹp vip 24hsoi cầu miễn phí 888xổ số kiến thiết chiều nayXSMN thứ 7 hàng tuầnKết quả Xổ số Hồ Chí Minhnhà cái xổ số Việt NamXổ Số Đại PhátXổ số mới nhất Hôm Nayso xo mb hom nayxxmb88quay thu mbXo so Minh ChinhXS Minh Ngọc trực tiếp hôm nayXSMN 88XSTDxs than taixổ số UY TIN NHẤTxs vietlott 88SOI CẦU SIÊU CHUẨNSoiCauVietlô đẹp hôm nay vipket qua so xo hom naykqxsmb 30 ngàydự đoán xổ số 3 miềnSoi cầu 3 càng chuẩn xácbạch thủ lônuoi lo chuanbắt lô chuẩn theo ngàykq xo-solô 3 càngnuôi lô đề siêu vipcầu Lô Xiên XSMBđề về bao nhiêuSoi cầu x3xổ số kiến thiết ngày hôm nayquay thử xsmttruc tiep kết quả sxmntrực tiếp miền bắckết quả xổ số chấm vnbảng xs đặc biệt năm 2023soi cau xsmbxổ số hà nội hôm naysxmtxsmt hôm nayxs truc tiep mbketqua xo so onlinekqxs onlinexo số hôm nayXS3MTin xs hôm nayxsmn thu2XSMN hom nayxổ số miền bắc trực tiếp hôm naySO XOxsmbsxmn hôm nay188betlink188 xo sosoi cầu vip 88lô tô việtsoi lô việtXS247xs ba miềnchốt lô đẹp nhất hôm naychốt số xsmbCHƠI LÔ TÔsoi cau mn hom naychốt lô chuẩndu doan sxmtdự đoán xổ số onlinerồng bạch kim chốt 3 càng miễn phí hôm naythống kê lô gan miền bắcdàn đề lôCầu Kèo Đặc Biệtchốt cầu may mắnkết quả xổ số miền bắc hômSoi cầu vàng 777thẻ bài onlinedu doan mn 888soi cầu miền nam vipsoi cầu mt vipdàn de hôm nay7 cao thủ chốt sốsoi cau mien phi 7777 cao thủ chốt số nức tiếng3 càng miền bắcrồng bạch kim 777dàn de bất bạion newsddxsmn188betw88w88789bettf88sin88suvipsunwintf88five8812betsv88vn88Top 10 nhà cái uy tínsky88iwinlucky88nhacaisin88oxbetm88vn88w88789betiwinf8betrio66rio66lucky88oxbetvn88188bet789betMay-88five88one88sin88bk88xbetoxbetMU88188BETSV88RIO66ONBET88188betM88M88SV88Jun-68Jun-88one88iwinv9betw388OXBETw388w388onbetonbetonbetonbet88onbet88onbet88onbet88onbetonbetonbetonbetqh88mu88Nhà cái uy tínpog79vp777vp777vipbetvipbetuk88uk88typhu88typhu88tk88tk88sm66sm66me88me888live8live8livesm66me88win798livesm66me88win79pog79pog79vp777vp777uk88uk88tk88tk88luck8luck8kingbet86kingbet86k188k188hr99hr99123b8xbetvnvipbetsv66zbettaisunwin-vntyphu88vn138vwinvwinvi68ee881xbetrio66zbetvn138i9betvipfi88clubcf68onbet88ee88typhu88onbetonbetkhuyenmai12bet-moblie12betmoblietaimienphi247vi68clupcf68clupvipbeti9betqh88onb123onbefsoi cầunổ hũbắn cáđá gàđá gàgame bàicasinosoi cầuxóc đĩagame bàigiải mã giấc mơbầu cuaslot gamecasinonổ hủdàn đềBắn cácasinodàn đềnổ hũtài xỉuslot gamecasinobắn cáđá gàgame bàithể thaogame bàisoi cầukqsssoi cầucờ tướngbắn cágame bàixóc đĩa开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育亚新体育亚新体育亚新体育爱游戏爱游戏爱游戏华体会华体会华体会IM体育IM体育沙巴体育沙巴体育PM体育PM体育AG尊龙AG尊龙AG尊龙AG百家乐AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人<AG真人<皇冠体育皇冠体育PG电子PG电子万博体育万博体育KOK体育KOK体育欧宝体育江南体育江南体育江南体育半岛体育半岛体育半岛体育凯发娱乐凯发娱乐杏彩体育杏彩体育杏彩体育FB体育PM真人PM真人<米乐娱乐米乐娱乐天博体育天博体育开元棋牌开元棋牌j9九游会j9九游会开云体育AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人爱游戏华体会华体会im体育kok体育开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育欧宝体育ob体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育开云体育开云体育棋牌棋牌沙巴体育买球平台新葡京娱乐开云体育mu88qh88