Do you think that Aaron Sorkin and the actors from Studio 60 carried similar expectations?
Yes, I think the expectations for Sorkin were exceptionally high for Studio 60
and critics did compare that to The West Wing
a great deal, talking about Sorkin's love of the pedi-conference (Walk-and-Talk exposition, lots of shots in halls with rapid-fire dialogue). In some ways Sorkin invited that by casting at least one main cast member from The West Wing. Just as he eventually used one of the main cast from Sport's Night
on TWW. I think it's fairly normal for either gender to be expected to rise to their previous level of ...if not success...then quality. Joss Whedon could probably write an entire book about those kind of critical and fan expectations. But again, some of that is brought on by the creator, by having go-to dialogue patterns (Walk-and-Talk Sorkin and Invented Words Whedon) and favoring particular actors. Sherman-Pallidino is going to invite some of those comparisons by casting at least two Gilmore Girls actors that I've seen thus far. There are a lot of actors in the world, if she wants to create something that won't be compared, then she could have gone a long way to achieving that by casting with an entirely new set of actors. Not that I'm complaining, I adore Kelly Bishop and if I watch, it will be because I really want to see her.
Was Matthew Perry expected to bring Chandler's personna and Frineds' success with him?
This is interesting because personally, I don't think it's quite the same expectation. It has its roots in a different area. Whether or not an actor's name can bring success is a pretty standard thing within Hollywood and exists for both genders. Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise have pretty equal pressure to bring in an audience for their vehicles with their name power alone. However, for an actor, they have the added pressure of "...while creating an entirely new, fresh character that doesn't bring to mind their best known work!" ...which...that's daunting! For instance, I'll likely tune in to see Bishop, but part of the fun will be seeing how little like Emily Gilmore her character will be. I love the actor, but part of the pull is "...and wow, I'm going to get to see her do something entirely different!" Only...since any actor is a human being with mannerisms, there are almost always echoes of previous, long term characters in a performance. Add in the "...and it's the same creator, with a very distinctive sense of humor (that I tend to love)..." and I'm assuming I'll be hearing some big echoes...and that's fine. I miss Gilmore Girls.
So there's also the weird pressure -- and I think it would exist for either gender (see Whedon) -- to create something fresh...new...and reminiscent of much loved projects. Again, daunting]
but not undoable (again...Whedon is a good example, or Bryan Fuller as another example).
This looks cute. I probably will watch. The lead's seeming resemblance in manner and delivery to Lauren Graham's Lorelai Gilmore might not work out for me, but we'll see. If she's too Lorelai-esque...then I'm likely to feel like I'm watching the Poor Man's Gilmore Girls. Then there's a slight problem for me with the "I want to be a ballet dancer!" of the premise. There are a lot of elements to the dance world that aren't very ABC-Family-Friendly (just as a for instance, eating-disorders, body issues, intense appearance pressures) ...and I am a little leery of seeing those sugar-coated too much, or worse -- denied entirely. So the ballet and dance focus might not hold me for long, but we'll see.
I wish ASP and her husband well. Although I really enjoyed season seven of GG in the final analysis, my favorite seasons of that show were under ASP's rule. The Palladinos kept me really entertained for six years and ASP has a great sense of humor. I'd love to see them be successful again. I'm not positive i can be along for the ride, but I hope it goes well for all concerned.