In this beind-the-scenes comedy drama, David Duchovny is Mike Klein, a writer who pitches a pilot for a television show to a network. The show is picked up, but then Mike realises that he has to compromise on every aspect of the show.
And that’s it in a nutshell…but this film is a very entertaining and amusing look at how a television pilot makes it from the page to the screen. Sigourney Weaver plays Lenny, a boss at the studio who seems to have no life outside of work, and expects everyone to bow to her command. Ioan Gruffudd is her much nicer colleague, who is swept along in the process, and even though he sometimes disagrees with Lenny, it is very hard for him to effect any change, trapped as he is between furthering his own career, and sticking to his principles. Judy Greer puts in a great performance as Mike’s agent Alice, and Fran Kranz and Lindsay Sloane are Zach and Laurel, the two stars of Mike’s show.
The TV Set almost has a documentary feel to it – we are watching the process happen, and seeing how Mike becomes disillusioned. Yes, he realises his dream of getting his show on the air, but at what cost? Duchovny gave a good performance, and I could feel his frustration. Justine Bateman was somewhat wasted as his wife however, but she made the best of a small part.
Definitely worth a watch – it is interesting and enjoyable, and while it may not be laugh-out-loud funny, there are plenty of amusing moments. This film gets a thumbs up from me.
Year of release: 2006
Director: Jake Kasdan
Producers: Judd Apatow, Lawrence Kasdan, Jake Kasdan, Aaron Ryder, Ron Schmidt, Carey Dietrich, Paul Pressburger, Howard Tager
Writer: Jake Kasdan
Main cast: David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver, Ioan Gruffudd, Judy Greer, Fran Kranz, Lindsay Sloane, Justine Bateman