I love movies that remind me just how much all jobs suck—even jobs that sound particularly glamorous or rewarding. This weekend, I watched The TV Set with David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver, and it made me incredibly thankful I never moved out to Hollywood to take a stab at scriptwriting. David Duchovny plays Mike, a writer who is struggling to retain his artistic integrity as he goes through the soul-crushing process of establishing a new sitcom. Sigourney Weaver plays Lenny, the foul-mouthed network executive who wants to broaden every show’s appeal by removing any trace of originality from the storyline. At one point in the film, Lenny pressures Mike to remove a critical plot element—the suicide of one of the main characters—by reassuring him that her focus-group research has shown, “Suicide is depressing to like 82% of everybody.”
I must admit, I’m a die-hard Aliens fan, and I have been known to recommend Sigourney Weaver in just about anything. I’d give her an Emmy for best supporting actress in a Kotex commercial. However, in this case, I think everyone would agree she’s amazing and perfect for this role. The TV Set is the next best thing to a peephole into a Hollywood boardroom, so make room for it in your Netflix queue.