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So, I'm home, not feeling great, and I think hey, Sports Night is now streaming on Netflix, so yay!  A night with Casey, Dan, Dana, Isaac (Isaac!).  I'm fully prepared to immerse myself in nostalgia and agree with LisaE that it was a show before it's time (I just always thought it was too intense for just a half hour).

(personal admission: I still have the TV Guide with Sports Night on the cover -- The Best Show You're Not Watching.  As an added bonus, I hear Peter Krause in my head, when the cast went up to accept the (an?) award for The Best Show You're Not Watching, being dry and charming.

I start watching Sports Night, on CSC, and, of course, now I'm wondering what little things Aaron Sorkin included from following Keith Olbermann.  And I'm realizing that I forgot or never realized that Ron Howard & Ben Glazer (is it Ben?) were producers so, of course, Parenthood with Peter Krause makes a lot more sense (even though I'm not watching it because (a) I watched the pilot and, although I like Lauren Graham in certain roles, the entire time I heard Maura Tierney say the lines and it's sounded a whole lot better in my head and (b) it was a movie that came out when I was a little kid and it was clearly meant for "grown ups," so that was always going to be a little odd.  This all made me rather sad since IT'S PETER KRAUSE! and that actress from I'm with Lucy and I really need to remember her name).

So, clearly, I'm on this mental walkabout and therefore I'm wholly unprepared for what sounds like a laugh track.

I think I must be hallucinating.  My ears are playing tricks on me.  They remember when I watched the show when it was replaying on some other channel and there was a laugh track and it was hideous because I'd only laugh at the non-laugh track moments.



Is this just on streaming?  Are there DVDs available that somehow don't have a laugh track?  Why the hell would they add (and keep!) the laugh track?

And now, I don't want to watch because the laugh track is going to be a rather vicious invasion and yet I really want to watch this show again.  I want to watch all the characters again, because they really were just very, very good.




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May. 29th, 2011 06:16 am (UTC)
Dude. I was planning on streaming Sports Night this summer. I've never seen it! But, no ways on the laugh track...
May. 29th, 2011 06:48 am (UTC)
They phase it out, it's not even there in season 2 :) But yeah, it is supremely frustrating in those early episodes!!
May. 29th, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's kind of weird. And the humor is so dry that it makes it even more out of place. Plus, I keep being thrown, watching reruns, because all of the actors now play near-opposites to their SN characters, and I'm like, why are Lynette Scavo, Will Gardner, and Will Bailey here, talking about sports?


I watched the pilot and, although I like Lauren Graham in certain roles, the entire time I heard Maura Tierney say the lines and it's sounded a whole lot better in my head.

I love you right now. Like, my heart, there is so much love in it. Because you get it. The few promo clippy bits of her in that role make me think the show would be so different, and frankly, so elevated, if she were still Sarah. Not to knock LG, but her humor is much more...I don't know the right word. Oh! I do have a way of explaining it, sort of: it's like how Matt told Harriet on "Studio 60" that the reason she didn't get a laugh at the rehearsal versus the table read was that in the table read, she asked for the butter, and in the rehearsal, she asked for the laugh. Or something to that effect.

P.S. Guess what I'm getting myself for my birthday? A ticket to see Maura and Steven Weber in a play about ex-Peacecorp-ers who have now sold their souls to corporate America. I kind of keep having tiny aneurisms whenever I think about it.
May. 30th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I've seen both Parenthood pilots. Honestly, I like both Maura Tierney and Lauren Graham so I don't think I went in predisposed to like one more than the other in the role of Sarah. I have to say, I preferred Lauren's version. I felt so much more empathy for Lauren's Sarah than Maura's.
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