It’s from West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin ‘s under-appreciated Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. The drama was set behind the scenes of a fictional, Saturday Night Live-style satirical sketch comedy, also called Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.
In the first episode, the show within the show is about to begin the live transmission of the first episode of its 20th season.
The show’s creator and producer Wes Mendell (played by Judd Hirsch, right) is jaded after years of being brow-beaten and watching the once ground-breaking show dulled and blunted by politically-correct interference from network executives more interested in short-term profits than artistic integrity or cutting-edge comedy.
As a result, the show has become a shadow of its former self, with sketches primarily designed to offend no-one but which are just not funny. As a result, the ratings are on a downward spiral and so Wes has lost any power and influence he once had at the network to try to halt the slide.
Things come to a head for him as minutes before the show is due to start, the network tells him he can’t air the one good sketch he has that week, pushing Wes over the edge and prompting him to interrupt his own show with a live appeal to viewers: