Bob Wright is the CEO of NBC Universal, the grandparent of a child with autism, and the co-founder of Autism Speaks, an organization designed to raise funds and "quicken the pace of research" to "cure" this "devastating disorder." In their introduction on the Autism Speaks website, Wright and his wife Suzanne describe the "heartbreaking moment" when their grandson was diagnosed with autism and they "watched him slip away into the cruel embrace of this disorder."
Suffice it to say that Bob Wright and I have fundamental disagreements about autism advocacy - both the ends and the means.
But Bob Wright and I do have something in common: We're both fans of Aaron Sorkin's latest TV drama, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
A couple of weeks ago, rumors were flying that Studio 60's cancellation was imminent. Then an entertainment columnist reported that Bob Wright wanted to keep the show on the air (and, yes, I realize I'm linking to Fox News here, but any port in a storm, you know?). The reporter quotes Wright as saying, "We'd never get that kind of cast together again. I think it will go on."
And he's right. Studio 60 has a stellar cast. Matthew Perry is the clear standout, in a role that helps him prove his talent as an actor by requiring him to be funny without bearing a slight resemblance to Chandler Bing. But Steven Weber, Amanda Peet, D.L. Hughley, Ed Asner, Bradley Whitford, Timothy Busfield, Sarah Paulson, and Nathan Corddry (who you may not know now, but who is certain to become a break-out star) are an outstanding ensemble.
The acting is tight. The writing is sharp and clever and fast-paced. Early episodes took a lot of time to set the context for the characters, but the plots are beginning to take off.
All this show needs is an audience.
This week's episode was the first of two parts. You can watch it in its entirety on the NBC website.
Why not find out if you agree with Bob Wright, too?