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  • Summary: A hair-raising comedy of art and compromise, The TV Set follows an idealistic writer (Duchovny) as he tries to navigate his TV pilot down the mine-laden path from script through production to the madness of prime-time scheduling -- all while trying to stay true to his vision. Along the way he has to juggle the agendas of a headstrong network president (Weaver), volatile young stars, a pregnant wife and an
    ever-optimistic personal manager. (ThinkFilm)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. If only for the comedy glory of Sigourney Weaver as a TV network president who confuses acid reflux with gut instinct, this very smart, very funny movie about the making of a network sitcom is a cut-glass gem of a showbiz conceit.
  2. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    The TV Set is a little wonder of a movie, as smart and sad and true as any comedy I've seen this year.
  3. 70
    Often possesses the gimlet-eyed wit of "The Player" or the mock docs of Christopher Guest.
  4. A pointed satire of the dumbing down of network TV with a sour tone and a broad execution.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The TV Set skewers the television industry in a manner that occasionally feels familiar and at other times is humorously incisive.
  6. 38
    Insipid, formulaic and suitable for the dumbed-down sensibilities of lowest-common-denominator couch potatoes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. AdamB.
    Mar 28, 2007
    Saw this absolutly pitch perfect satire last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, I'm so happy it is getting a wider audience. Great Hollywood satire with an awesome cast. Sigourney Weaver Steals the show as a Ari-Gold-esque tv executive who is given some of the best one liners in recent history. A must see. Expand
  2. MarkM.
    Mar 28, 2007
    The TV Set is a hilarious look at the dark underbelly of television programming and the brain-dead geniuses who run it. David Duchovny leaves Mulder behind as series writer/creator Mike Klein who struggles to maintain the quality and integrity of his show, "The Wexler Chronicles," and get it on the air in spite of "suggestions" from the network suits in casting, making of pilot to the network upfronts. Sigourney Weaver has a deliciously meaty role as Lenny, head of programming for the Panda network, who proudest of the success of the network's powerhouse hit "Slut Wars." If you've ever wondered what "they" were thinking when they decided to put this show on the air, see "The TV Set" and the answers will become painfully, hysterically clear. Expand
  3. RossT.
    Mar 28, 2007
    Hilarious satire of the American's idea of television entertainment. The movie and tv "in-jokes" are the best part. Not for everyone. If you are media-savvy, however, you will LOVE IT. Oh, and Sigourney dominates. Expand
  4. KenG.
    May 17, 2007
    Sharp, clever, funny, on-the-mark satire, giving insight as to what is wrong with modern day TV.
  5. AlanC.
    May 18, 2007
    A shameless ripoff of "For Your Consideration" which was equally annoying. A typical Hollywood inside joke on the rest of us, only it backfired, because the joke was on them for being so arrogant. What a waste of time and money! Expand