Sports Night -- The best show most of you never watched

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  1. Brian Ruth

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    Just wanted to start a thread about Sports Night -- one of the best TV shows I've ever had the pleasure to watch. I've heard rumors of this coming out on DVD soon (from the Bits, I believe). Anyone else here excited about the prospect?
     
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    I watched this show when it originally aired on ABC. Curse ABC for giving up on this show!
     
  3. Richard Travale

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    Was this the one with that kid from Road Trip? If so, I watched and actually liked it.
     
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    They should have never brought Paula Marshall onto the show. [​IMG]
    ~T
     
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    I originally liked it, but I gave up on this show when large chunks of the dialogue seemed to consist of characters just repeating lines back and forth to each other:

    "You're Leaving?"
    "I'm Leaving!"
    "You're Leaving."
    "Yes, I'm Leaving."

    "He just told her."
    "He just told her?"
    "He just told her."

    Got a bit maddening after a while.
     
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    Any more info regarding the DVD rumor...I'd be extremely interested. I watched a bit of the show when it first aired, but never really got into it...but I've been enjoying the reruns on Comedy Central for the last year or so.
     
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    Rob, you're right. :b

    Sports Night was the one with the girl from Sliders right?
     
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    I tried to watch it but I just didn't find it compelling.
     
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    Paula Marshall?
    Nahhhhh. It was the appearance of Ted McGinley that sealed it's fate. [​IMG]
    As for the DVD - The last I heard was a release date of November 5th at a price of around $79.95 for both seasons. I also heard that only 75,000 were being produced. Unfortunately, with no extras at all.
    Sports Night was one of the few shows ever on television that could drag you through a huge range of emotions in a mere 22 minutes every week.
    As far as ABC goes, Aaron Sorkin said (wrote) it best in the final episode of Sports Night entitled "Quo Vadimus", "Anyone who can't make money off of Sports Night should get out of the money-making business". [​IMG]
     
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    this show was a gem among the too many average shows on tv.. i've found myself catching re-runs at 2:00 am too many times in the past year...
     
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    HBO expressed interest in picking the show up but dropped it at the last minute. I was extremely disappointed when ABC decided to drop it and keep other shows such as Dharma & Greg. [​IMG]
    I'm not sure if a DVD set would be the way to go with this one - a one-season show that really never resolved some major questions between some of the characters - not something that I'd pick up.
    Another 2-3 seasons? A resounding Yes.
     
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    Sports Night was two seasons (45 episodes).
    HBO did express interest (as did Showtime), but Aaron Sorkin ultimately decided to call it quits. By the time the decision was made, it had become doubtful that some of the actors would even return (most notably Peter Krause, who was already leaning toward joining Six Feet Under). Besides, it would have been very difficult for Mr. Sorkin to write both The West Wing and Sports Night weekly and still keep the same quality that has made both so enjoyable to watch. It was apparent that at least NBC knew what a great show it had.
    What was truly sickening about the cancellation was that while SN was averaging a respectable 7.76 in the ratings, ABC chose to cancel it. In doing so, it renewed shows such as Norm and Two Guys and a Girl, which were hovering around the 5.5-6.0 mark. As a matter of fact, 13 shows were renewed for the following season that ranked below SN in the ratings. Go figure. [​IMG]
    I'm willing to bet that ABC would loooove to have another show that consistently scores in the 7's right now.
    Oooooookay. Thanks for letting me get that off of my chest. Bitter? Just a smidge. [​IMG]
     
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    What Malcom said.

    I enjoyed the first season, but the second season was tedious.

    I think that Sorkin has achieved in West Wing what he attempted in SN.
     
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    I'm still waiting for confirmation on the DVDs. I wouldn't mind West Wing to hit DVD either, but there is the lingering rumor of Sports Night.
     
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    It's a great day for you John...in addition to winning the contest, Sports Night was just announced! Check the thread in Software.
     
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    late to the party...
    now I've finally watched this (on DVD -- should this discussion be in the HT Software section then?)
    quite brilliant stuff, I'd find myself watching 3-4 episodes in a go, late at night with work the next day etc.
    Sorkin's "repeat 3 times" approach to dialogue did get rather annoying, especially after watching several episodes in a row. I once watched about 3 eps of SN, then watched West Wing on local broadcast TV (currently season 3 only [​IMG] ), and got irked again when the repeat dialogue thing was done on WW, but on last night's episode I noticed that Sorkin's toned that down a bit. or perhaps it was just that episode (FWIW, Bartlet for America) where the dialogue was toned down.
     

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