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The TV Set

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jake Kasdan
Produced by Jake Kasdan
Judd Apatow
Lawrence Kasdan
Written by Jake Kasdan
Starring David Duchovny
Sigourney Weaver
Ioan Gruffudd
Judy Greer
Music by Michael Andrews
Cinematography Uta Briesewitz
Editing by Tara Timpone
Distributed by THINKFilm
20th Century Fox
Release date(s) April 28, 2006 (Tribeca)
April 6, 2007
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million
Gross revenue $265,198

The TV Set is a 2006 comedy about an idealistic writer attempting to bring his vision, in the form of a TV pilot, to fruition on the small screen. It was released on April 6, 2007. Writer/director Jake Kasdan, whose previous credits include the films Zero Effect and Orange County and the television series Freaks and Geeks, "uses his first-hand knowledge of the world of network television to craft a wily comedy about the making of a TV pilot", according to Below the Line. The movie screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in late April 2006.



The plot follows an idealistic writer (David Duchovny) as he tries to navigate his TV pilot down the mine-laden path from script to production to 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 a headstrong network president (Weaver), volatile young stars, a pregnant wife and an ever-optimistic personal manager/agent (Greer).



  • Sigourney Weaver's character was written as a man. It wasn't until late in pre-production that it was decided that the role of Lenny could actually be a woman instead.
  • In this movie, Sigourney Weaver plays a television network president. Weaver's father, Sylvester ("Pat") Weaver, was for many years president of NBC; the writer and director of TV Set, Jake Kasdan, was a producer and writer on "Freaks and Geeks" (1999), which aired on NBC (albeit many years after Pat Weaver's retirement).
  • The film makes reference to the film The Secret Lives of Dentists when Richard asks Lenny if she has ever heard of Hope Davis of The Secret Lives of Dentists and suggests getting her for an upcoming show.
  • The shows Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The George Lopez Show, Less Than Perfect, Hope & Faith, and Big Brother are seen on the TV schedule.
  • The movie that Natalie is watching is Out of Sight.

DVD release

A single-disc edition was released through 20th Century Fox on September 25, 2007. It features commentary tracks, a "making of" featurette and a deleted scene.

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