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DVD Review: 'Sports Night' - Complete 10th Anniversary Edition

ABC's "Sports Night"
The cast of ABC's "Sports Night"
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Last Fall I received a copy of the Complete 10th Anniversary Edition of the ABC series "Sports Night" but being a busy fellow I didn't have a chance to put it in the DVD player until January but I've found myself watching at least an episode per night since then, plus all the bonus bits and gag reels."Sports Night" is the show where Aaron Sorkin established his oeuvre from 1998-2000: the ever moving cameras, the walk and talk, layered dialogue, and tons of dry humor coupled with drama. Sorkin got to try all these devices out on "Sports Night" before presenting them perfectly in "The West Wing" but the novelty of these devices is what makes "Sports Night" so exciting to watch again.

I had completely forgotten that ABC had tried to eff with the show by putting a laugh track on it that mysteriously fades away to nothing, gradually, by the end of the first season. ABC's lack of support for the show also manifests itself in the writing of the show, in metaphors that are fairly easy to pick up on. The show also admirable incorporated the stroke suffered by ensemble member, Robert Guillaume, into the storyline.