Studio 60: Recap of "The Christmas Show"

So, the star of Bethlehem was actually a comet, there weren’t necessarily three wise men and they weren’t necessarily on camels, Jesus was born eight months off from December, and it would have taken 214,000 reindeer going faster than the speed of light to give all the children of the world their 400-odd tons of toys.

For an episode promoted as spreading holiday cheer, it sure has a funny way of showing it. Debunking Christmas aside, this week’s show kept my attention with what the true meaning of the holidays should always be about: love.


Okay, okay. While all 7.7 million viewers might have experienced a collective upchuck reflex at more than a few “romantic”-slash-“inspirational” moments (you know the lines I’m talking about), and while you probably don’t have a soul if you didn’t -- for at least a second or two -- contemplate making out with one of the characters (Amanda Peet pregnant = h-o-t), you have to wonder: Is there something in the water at Studio 60 that’s making everyone get all ga-ga?

One theory: Sorkin might actually be a bit worried that despite a full-season pickup, the show won’t make it to a second year. With that in mind, he wants to complete the story arc he’s had for Studio 60, which includes an on-again-off-again, will-they-or-won’t-they love saga among the title characters.

Or, he’s just giving people what the people want.


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