The TV Set

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The TV Set
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJake Kasdan
Written byJake Kasdan
Produced by
CinematographyUta Briesewitz
Edited byTara Timpone
Music byMichael Andrews
Distributed byTHINKFilm
Release dates
  • April 28, 2006 (2006-04-28) (Tribeca)
  • April 6, 2007 (2007-04-06) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2 million
Box office$265,198

The TV Set is a 2006 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Jake Kasdan and starring David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver, Ioan Gruffudd, and Judy Greer. The film follows an idealistic writer attempting to bring his vision for a TV show to fruition on the small screen.


Idealistic scriptwriter Mike Klein (Duchovny) tries to navigate his TV pilot through the mine-laden path of casting, production, and the madness of prime-time scheduling—all while trying to stay true to his vision. Along the way he has to juggle the agendas of headstrong network president Lenny (Weaver), volatile young stars, his pregnant wife Natalie (Bateman), and an ever-optimistic personal manager Alice (Greer), while suffering very serious back pain.


Production and vision[edit]

The film's writer/director Jake Kasdan had originally intended Ben Stiller for the role of Lenny, however Kasdan cast Weaver for the role, which changed his idea of what the character should be.[1] Kasdan does not regard the film as satire, as he sees nothing exaggerated in its depiction of bringing a pilot to production.[1]


The film was first screened on the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2006. Following almost a year of festival screenings, it was released in cinemas on April 6, 2007. A DVD edition was released through 20th Century Fox on September 25, 2007. It features commentary tracks, a "making of" featurette and a deleted scene.[2]


On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 64% based on reviews from 76 critics, with an average score of 6.28/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Offering both broad and insider jokes, The TV Set is a sharp satire that will please both the average moviegoers and pop culture aficionados."[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nick Dawson. "The Director Interviews: Jake Kasdan, The TV Set". Filmmaker Magazine.
  2. ^ "The TV Set release dates". IMDb.
  3. ^ "The TV Set (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved Sep 8, 2022.

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