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The TV Set

The TV Set
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jake Kasdan
Produced by Jake Kasdan
Aaron Ryder
Written by Jake Kasdan
Starring David Duchovny
Sigourney Weaver
Ioan Gruffudd
Judy Greer
Music by Michael Andrews
Cinematography Uta Briesewitz
Edited by Tara Timpone
Distributed by THINKFilm
20th Century Fox
Release dates
April 28, 2006 (Tribeca)
April 6, 2007
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million
Box office $265,198

The TV Set is a 2006 comedy-drama film about 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

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]

See also

  • The Big Picture, a film following a similar theme
  • Episodes, a TV series following a similar theme
  • State and Main, an award-winning comedy film about an obstacle-fraught film production


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