Before Cult And The Following: 5 Other Pairs Of Noticeably Similar TV Shows
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and 30 Rock
Like the last entry, I can remember an actual hubbub surrounding the release of these two shows and how some expected the similar settings of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and 30 Rock would turn people off. Unlike the last entry, the pundits were right and only one of the NBC series, despite being different genres, one an hour long dramedy and the other a half-hour all out comedy, survived past one season. To this day, including HBO's critically panned The Newsroom, 60 is the only Aaron Sorkin television series to not see a renewal, running from September 2006 to June '07. The dramatic telling of the behind the scenes tales of a Saturday Night Live sketch comedy show didn't succeed but Tina Fey's funny take on 30 Rock, airing a month after its 'competition' (October '06), certainly had its share and lasted for seven seasons. Maybe it's because she actually worked there? At least Sorkin was a good sport.
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