The TV Set

Synopsis: A television network is making a pilot of Mike's quirky comedy based on the aftermath of his brother's suicide. As the network suits ask for change after change, and as Mike struggles with compromise, there are strains on families, execs who show rushes to their children, leads who feel each other out, and assistants who put a smile on everything. Can an honest show get made in the world of reality TV chasing an audience of teen-aged boys?
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Jake Kasdan
Production: ThinkFilm
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

All right.

You're gonna park in A-106.

- Okay.

- So at the stop sign, make a right.

Another right at the panda.

It's on your left.

Okay. Thank you.

Tell me about it.

Remember Coach Roberts;

I have this recurring dream

about the guy.

I'm ninety years old

and I have dentures.

Except I'm in my high school

gym class.

Everybody's the regular high school age.

I'm the only one who's ninety.

And Coach is yelling at me

I'm going...

"Dad, get off my back.

I'm friggin' ninety, okay;"

Coach is yelling at me

and I'm going, "Give me a break".

Give me a break! Give me a break!

Give me a break!

"Give me a break!

I'm friggin' ninety!"

- Hi.

- Name;

Zach Harper.

- ID;

- Oh, yeah. Sorry.

This is my first

network session.

I'm kinda nervous.

"Give me a break!" What is with that

line; Give me a break. "Give me a break. "

"Give me a break.

I'm friggin' ninety years old!"

"I'm friggin' ninety years old,

okay homes;"

No, don't improvise.

They hate that.

"I'm friggin' ninety years old,


Yeah, touch the hair.

Grab the hair.


This is kinda counterintuitive,

you know;

It always feels wrong

to bring two guys...

when you know there's only one

that's right for the part.

You have to bring in another guy,

otherwise, they resent it.

Yeah, I know and I'm doing it...

But you know, maybe I should just

that I prefer TJ beforehand.

- I wouldn't.

- Why not;

Because I think they'd resent it.

They wanna feel like

the decision is theirs...

and at the end of the day it is.

But they're not stupid.

Richard, especially, has great taste.

That's why we brought

the project here.

If TJ is the guy,

they'll clearly see it.

What do you mean "if"; I thought

you said you agreed with me.

I do. I think TJ's great.

I'm just worried he might be

a little too hip for the room.

Too hip for the room; What does that

mean; Where did you learn that;

- In Manager School.

- What does that mean; Like too Jewish;

I think TJ's great.

I think Zach is good, too.

Zach is not even

in the same universe as TJ.

Zach would have to apply

for a visa...

- Zach! My man!

- What's up, man;

- How are you;

- Hi. Alice. We met...

- Yes.

- Oh, Alice, my manager.

- You met yesterday at the studio session;

- Yes. Nice to see you again.

- You, too. Again.

- Right, right.

- I'm nervous.

- Just try to relax, man.

- You'll be great.

- Thanks.

I don't know, any last thoughts

for me before we go in there;

Just try to keep it simple.

You know;

- Simple;

- Yeah. That's the main thing.

You don't have to do a lot

to get your thing across.


- You understand what I'm saying;

- Yeah. Totally. Simple;

Okay. Thanks, Mike.

- All right.

- Thank you.

Yeah, it's such a great part...

I feel like I really get the guy,

you know;

- We'll see you in there.

- See you.

- Okay.

- Bye, guys. See you soon.

- This is so fucked.

- He's a sweet kid.

- Yes! That's why this is so fucked.

- I know.

Don't worry,

everything's gonna be okay.

Is your back acting up again;

- A little bit.

- You should try yoga.

You know what I'm gonna do;

I'm gonna bring TJ in first.

He sets the standard.

And then I bring Zach in.

Now they're comparing him to TJ.

Clearly not as good.

- They go for TJ.

- Totally.

- Could we get Lucy Lawless;

- You mean...

Zena the Warrior Princess.

I love her.

Thanks, Jen.

I'm not terribly familiar

with her work.

But I think Michelle sees

this character as herself...

and she imagines someone a little less

conspicuously glamorous.

Who does she want;

She was thinking more of

a Hope Davis.

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Jake Kasdan

Jacob "Jake" Kasdan (born October 28, 1974) is an American film and television director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. more…

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