History Series / SportsNight

10th Jun '16 8:00:31 PM nombretomado
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The show starred Peter Krause (''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''{{Series/Parenthood}}'') as Casey [=McCall=], Josh Charles (''DeadPoetsSociety'' and ''Series/TheGoodWife'') as Dan Rydell, Felicity Huffman (''Series/DesperateHousewives'') as Dana Whittaker, Sabrina Lloyd (''{{Sliders}}'') as Natalie Hurley, Joshua Malina (''TheWestWing'') as Jeremy Goodwin and Robert Guillaume (''{{Benson}}'', ''Series/{{Soap}}'') as Isaac Jaffee as its core cast, all of whom worked at a fictitious cable sports channel patterned after ESPN. (Characters on the show often referred to real-life sports celebrities, teams, other television channels, Broadway musicals and various pop culture references in an attempt at verisimilitude.)

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The show starred Peter Krause (''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''{{Series/Parenthood}}'') as Casey [=McCall=], Josh Charles (''DeadPoetsSociety'' (''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' and ''Series/TheGoodWife'') as Dan Rydell, Felicity Huffman (''Series/DesperateHousewives'') as Dana Whittaker, Sabrina Lloyd (''{{Sliders}}'') (''Series/{{Sliders}}'') as Natalie Hurley, Joshua Malina (''TheWestWing'') (''Series/TheWestWing'') as Jeremy Goodwin and Robert Guillaume (''{{Benson}}'', (''Series/{{Benson}}'', ''Series/{{Soap}}'') as Isaac Jaffee as its core cast, all of whom worked at a fictitious cable sports channel patterned after ESPN. (Characters on the show often referred to real-life sports celebrities, teams, other television channels, Broadway musicals and various pop culture references in an attempt at verisimilitude.)
29th Dec '15 8:10:21 AM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* BrickJoke: Dana's frozen turkey in "Thespis", which she's thawing out in the lighting grid. [[spoiler: It crashes onto the news desk halfway through the episode.]]
8th Sep '15 11:11:27 PM Micah
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: A relatively trivial example. The coach at Casey's alma mater calls a disastrous play, and Casey spends the next week making fun of him on air for it... until Gordon asks him "What play would you have called?" and he realizes he has no idea.
8th Sep '15 3:06:08 PM Micah
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* ActorAllusion: Dana is telling Isaac about how much she loved ''Disney/TheLionKing'' on Broadway, and describes the opening, when Rafiki calls the animals- "And they come!" Isaac is amused- possibly because he's played by Robert Guillaume (who voiced Rafiki in the movie).



* LifeImitatesArt: The episode "Shane" features Casey interviewing a baseball player unhappy with being traded to New York. A few weeks later, Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker's 2000 Sports Illustrated interview, where he managed to offend just about every ethnic/racial/lifestyle group imaginable when describing New York. Interestingly, Casey defends the fictional baseball player, but mocks John Rocker in a later episode.



* WelcomeEpisode: "Pilot"
* WrittenInInfirmity: When Robert Guillaume suffered a stroke, Isaac was written as having one as well; he later recovered and returned.

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* WelcomeEpisode: "Pilot"
* WrittenInInfirmity: When Robert Guillaume suffered a stroke, Isaac was written
"Pilot", with Jeremy as having one as well; he later recovered and returned.the new guy.
8th Sep '15 3:03:53 PM Micah
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Portrayed at several points (often as RealitySubtext).
** ABC thought '''this show''' should have a '''laugh track'''. If you've ''ever'' seen or heard anything by Creator/AaronSorkin you should immediately recognize what a terrible, terrible idea this is.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Portrayed at several points (often as RealitySubtext).
** ABC thought '''this show''' should have a '''laugh track'''. If you've ''ever'' seen or heard anything by Creator/AaronSorkin you should immediately recognize what a terrible, terrible idea this is.
RealitySubtext). [[invoked]]
8th Sep '15 3:01:42 PM Micah
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* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
-->'''Dana''': I don't think you're cute, I don't think you're funny, I don't think you're smart, and sometimes I don't think you're very nice.\\
'''Casey''': You don't think I'm funny?
8th Jul '15 1:13:01 PM MBI
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* SoccerHatingAmericans: Subverted: Dan has to talk about association football, but has absolutely no knowledge of the sport. When he challenges Natalie to name one team, Natalie and some extras list half a dozen on the Eastern Coast alone, revealing Dan as the only one in the office who doesn't follow the sport.
13th Apr '15 10:36:51 AM nombretomado
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The show starred Peter Krause (''SixFeetUnder'', ''{{Series/Parenthood}}'') as Casey [=McCall=], Josh Charles (''DeadPoetsSociety'' and ''TheGoodWife'') as Dan Rydell, Felicity Huffman (''DesperateHousewives'') as Dana Whittaker, Sabrina Lloyd (''{{Sliders}}'') as Natalie Hurley, Joshua Malina (''TheWestWing'') as Jeremy Goodwin and Robert Guillaume (''{{Benson}}'', ''{{Soap}}'') as Isaac Jaffee as its core cast, all of whom worked at a fictitious cable sports channel patterned after ESPN. (Characters on the show often referred to real-life sports celebrities, teams, other television channels, Broadway musicals and various pop culture references in an attempt at verisimilitude.)

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The show starred Peter Krause (''SixFeetUnder'', (''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''{{Series/Parenthood}}'') as Casey [=McCall=], Josh Charles (''DeadPoetsSociety'' and ''TheGoodWife'') ''Series/TheGoodWife'') as Dan Rydell, Felicity Huffman (''DesperateHousewives'') (''Series/DesperateHousewives'') as Dana Whittaker, Sabrina Lloyd (''{{Sliders}}'') as Natalie Hurley, Joshua Malina (''TheWestWing'') as Jeremy Goodwin and Robert Guillaume (''{{Benson}}'', ''{{Soap}}'') ''Series/{{Soap}}'') as Isaac Jaffee as its core cast, all of whom worked at a fictitious cable sports channel patterned after ESPN. (Characters on the show often referred to real-life sports celebrities, teams, other television channels, Broadway musicals and various pop culture references in an attempt at verisimilitude.)
11th Feb '15 2:38:28 PM JasonJD48
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* ArtisticLicenseSports: Cricket enthusiast Aaron Sorkin included a line that in a Test (International) match, one of the bowlers had achieved the remarkable feat of taking all 10 wickets in a single innings (a feat only achieved twice in history - Jim Laker in 1956 and Anil Kumble in 1999), and compared it to a baseball pitcher throwing "3 straight perfect games." Whether that comparison is valid, the professional sports commentators can't understand how the bowler could have conceded any runs while doing this (which would be, in cricketing terms, a virtually miraculous occurrence). Even with absolutely no knowledge of the rules of cricket, you'd presume they'd realise that the standards of scoring in the two games were rather different.
25th Dec '14 11:17:36 AM Mhoram
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*** Or it was the Internet equivalent of a 555 phone number: something that sounded vaguely like an email address, but wouldn't cause some innocent third party to be bombarded with fan mail.
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