'Slings & Arrows', one of my favorite series from the last few years, is returning for a third season to the Sundance Channel this Sunday at 8 pm EST. (Check your local listings.)
This season the featured presentation at the New Burbage Shakespeare Festival is "King Lear", and I have no doubt it will be just as funny and moving as the previous two seasons which centered around "Hamlet" and The Scottish Play. (I'm no fool. Well, not much of one.....)
The series is a fantastic blend of backstage humor and drama and sentiment, and 'Studio 60' could have benefitted so much if only Aaron Sorkin had followed its example. He had Mark McKinney, one of the writers and performers of 'Slings & Arrows' in his employ; he should have taken better advantage of that.
However, it looks as though it's too late now, baby. NBC is yanking 'Studio 60' from the schedule a week earlier than planned to premiere their new drama, 'The Black Donnellys' from Paul Haggis.
At any rate, if you want to see a truly great show about the backstage world, check out 'Slings & Arrows', returning to the Sundance Channel this Sunday at 8 PM EST. (7 PM Central)