Tim Goodman at the San Francisco Chronicle offers some thoughts on why Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip failed. (Its demise isn’t certain yet, but as Sarah noted a couple of weeks ago, there’s not much hope.)
So what was the problem, exactly? I think the article pinpoints it:
I tried to stay with it. I really wanted it to work. But in the last couple of episodes, Danny’s stalker-ish behavior was enough to make my girlfriend take the show off our DiVo list. (You know, DiVo: like TiVo, but technically a DVR.) And the MattÃ¢â‚¬“Harriet stuff was never great either. Maybe it all comes down to chemistry — I know it’s hard to believe, Aaron Sorkin, but sometimes writing isn’t everything.
One thing’s for sure: Nobody can blame Sarah Paulson. She’s just plain good. I’m sure we’ll get to see her again in something soon.