Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 18

Breaking News

Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 31, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

During a live show, Jordan has problems with her pregnancy while an even bigger problem is in store for Tom. Meanwhile, Matt's rampant pill use is discovered by a member of staff.

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  • I really like the irony that Sorkin put into this episode.

    You can't but notice the similarity of the ratings problem of both shows: both real and imaginery S60s are struggling with ratings and both networks push this topic very hard on them. Still on this line, I also liked the kind of confession that the main problem about ratings is the writing. Other real-world connection that I appreciated was Matthew Perry playing the addiction which was once true in his own life. What I liked:

    - Tom and Lucy's relationship - Jack trying to stop the news from publishing that fact that a celebrity is involved in the kidnap

    - Suzanne's talk to Matt: she was calm, she didn't push him, she just told him her experience and he knew he can't fool her

    - Danny confronting Matt about the pills

    What I didn't like: - the fight between Jordan and Danny and the fact that Danny doesn't take Jordan's advice (it's also out of their storyline because Danny fell in love with her because of her professional behaviour...) - it seemed that after the talk with both Danny and Suzanne, Matt took more pillsmoreless
  • Studio 60 is/was a great show and this episode shows the great acting and writing. The ending involving Tom's brother and Jordan's pregnancy was truly emotional stuff.

    This episode showed off the superb acting and writing central to Studio 60. The episode was left on a cliffhanger of sorts and was incredibly emotional. The chemistry between Danny and Jordan is great and the friendship between the cast (Harriet, Tom & Simon) is shown at its best here as Simon and Harriet try to decide whether to tell Tom a potentially devestating developement. This is a great episode for Tom too as not only is there the story involving his brother but also his budding romance with lucy. Overall a terrific episode, perhaps the best of the season in my eyes. The show in general has been awesome and like sport's night, Sorkin's other great TV show (And the West Wing obviously) it should not have been cancelled while reality shows remain.moreless
  • Breaking News Review.

    I missed the episode before this one, and it was easy to pick up what's going on. It looks like people are scrambling on the show about the ratings of Studio City (Get it?), and it's pretty easy to see the comparison of Studio 60, and the real show, I don't think that's any coincidence.

    Matt's pill problem came to light...It was an alright scene, but they could have done so much more to make it a scene with more impact.

    The biggest part of the episode was of course the ending, which was built up nicely thought the show between the characters, and when the ending actually came it was done very well, and tasteful...They didn't exploit it, which it could have easily came of as, but they didn't go that way.moreless
  • Spoilers...

    This episode should have made the tv execs pick this show up. From a long, long time ago in an episode called "Nevada Day." you heard about Tom Jeter's brother... Well in this episode you hear about him again and you are reduced to tears with what's going on and realising that what is happening to is brother is what is REALLY happening out there... Not so long ago a journalist from my home country (UK) had exactly the same thing happen to him and he was killed. I was crying I mean even my friend laughed at me but she wasn't watching it at the time so she didn't understand why I was like why I was, I've entered into the world of these people and I'm upset that there's only ever going to be one series. Tom Jeter was never actually one of my favourite cast members but this episode has made me see him in a whole new light and I like him a lot now and I really feel for him even though it's not real and just a show, it's one's like these that can move you to the point of tears that make you realise how well written some shows are. Aaron Sorkin should be proud of this and rather upset that it ended way before it should have.moreless
  • How does this show get canceled?

    Anyone who watched the last 10 minutes of this episode and wasn't moved does not have a pulse. The writing and acting from start to finish was outstanding. Watching the entire cast struggle with the issues of low ratings (as I’m sure the actual cast did) was just spectacular. Then tying it all together around drug problem of Matthew Perry's character was great. I'm truly sad to see this show go. This was one of those episodes that propel shows to greatness. And due to impatient TV execs we won't see much more of studio 60.moreless
Jenna Fischer

Jenna Fischer


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Camille Chen

Camille Chen

Samantha Li

Recurring Role

Nate Torrence

Nate Torrence

Dylan Killington

Recurring Role

Lucy Davis

Lucy Davis

Lucy Kenwright

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