Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 18, 2006 on NBC

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  • An excellent pilot episode that lived up to its media hype!

    Tonight, Studio 60 lived up to all of the expectations placed on it. While initally I was upset for its blatant parody of SNL, my dissatisfaction was very short lived. To take actors like Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford, who both recently ended roles on popular TV shows, and put them in such compelling roles is a risky move. While I watched, I never once thought of either as their unrelated characters. Perry proved himself as an actor with more than simple comedic timing. His performance was so real... so inherently human, that I never once thought him to be anyone else but Matt Albie. The pilot was riviting, and flowed with the sense of a show that will make it for a least one season.
    I do worry about how long it will last, though. Shows with high quality, intelligent levels of writing are cancelled due to a lack of an audience. (Arrested Development, The Beast, The Days) My hope is that Studio 60, like the fictional show it is set around, will strive to keep the "12 year old moron boy" humor away from its scripts. It's wonderful to have some intelligent, funny, inspiring shows on Monday prime time!

    Only a week until the second episode. Thank goodness.
  • He's back... and I will be, as well!

    Well, the wait is over. And Aaron Sorkin has, in the words of Steven Webber's character, "hit one out of the park".

    No one expected the beginning and it did seem like the rant of Judd Hirsch was a bit of a lift from "Network" but hey... imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! It was just a device to set the stage.

    What I really liked was how Sorkin held back with Josh and Chandler... I mean, Matt and Danny. He saved something and didn't telegraph the punch. And the shot of the empty table at the WGA awards was priceless.

    With Matthew Perry's wit and Bradley Whitford's dry sarcasm, I think this is going to work. Amanda Peet brings something new to the table. And if the cameo performances continue all season, I can't wait to see who shows up next. Huffman as a paean to "Sports Night" was great. Now when will Richard Schiff and Alison Janney appear?

    Actually, it is very possible that the series is going to be the spirit of how SNL fell apart and failed to reinvent itself. And I hope the show keeps the gutsball attitude it came out with tonight.

    It's got me already. I'll be back next week. What about you?
  • Aaron Sorkin does it again.

    So after watching CSI: Miami's cliffhanger last May, I had a hard time deciding whether or not to continue with CBS or start anew with NBC's new drama.

    The pilot starts out as the Studio 60 is about to go live on the air where Nate Corddry's character is George W. Bush. Next thing you know, Judd Hirsch, who plays Wes, storms on the scene and goes into a tirade, similar to the one on "Network" all those years ago. Wes would ultimately get fired and replaced by Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford's characters, Matt and Danny.

    All in all, this show was a hit!
  • Aaron Sorkin is at it again

    Once again aaron sorkin and tommy schlamme are at it again with an incredible pilot episode. No one writes better fast paced stories than aaron and no one directs them better than tommy. the show is a mixture of aaron\'s under appreciated sitcom sports night that detailed the behind the scenes goings on of a cable sports show. and the west wing which really needs no explanation. and it brings together one of the best ensemble casts I\'ve ever seen.

    the big three
    Mathew Perry: Friends
    Bradley Whitford: The West Wing
    Amanda Peet: The Whole 9/10 Yards

    The Old Pros
    Steven Weber:Wings
    Ed Asner:Mary Tyler Moore
    Judd Hirsh: Taxi There are more cast members I could mention. D.L Hughley, Timothy Busfield, Sara Paulson, and that guy in the capitol one commercials. This show is the next great dramedy written by aaron sorkin who already gave us a sneak peak at the shows second season finalle. should the two new writers stay and write the show or should they go make a movie once danny tripp is clean for eightteen months.

    Those who refused to watch the west wing because of the politics are deeply misguided. that show wasn\'t about politics it was about people. and no one writes people better than aaron.

    30 Rock doesn\'t stand a chance. Sorry tina
  • Things are looking up for NBC this year and this was definately a great way to kick off the season....

    As a big SNL fan, I’ve been anticipating both “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “30 Rock” a lot. I saw ‘Studio 60’ for the first time almost two months ago and tonight’s premiere is the fourth time I’ve seen it. I haven’t watched a Sorkin show before but I liked what I saw and this is definitely something I’ll be looking forward to every Monday night.

    The show opens with Studio 60 (a.k.a. SNL in LA, complete with it’s own Don Pardo-Herb Shelton) celebrating its 20th anniversary. The executive producer Wes Mendell (a.k.a. Lorne Michaels played by Judd Hirsch) has just had a sketch that was funny and killed at the dress rehearsal cut by the network censor. Wes is at his wits end as “funny is in short supply at the show these days”. He is forced to replace the sketch with “Peripheral Vision Man” a stand-by sketch that was never funny, yet the current writers Ricky and Ron keep writing it anyway. Wes also has to deal with this week’s guest host (the lovely Felicity Huffman, who I would love to host the real SNL even though I’ve given up on DH) who is concerned about problems with her monologue that were revealed with the test audience during dress rehearsal. Wes admits to Felicity that the monologue wasn’t funny and there was just no time to fix it. The show’s cold opening begins with Tom Jeter (Nathan Corddry one of the 3 main stars) as President Bush. Wes has had enough and walks on stage, has the cast and crew exit and begins a rant against Hollywood and the entertainment industry (I won’t transcribe the whole thing but there are some notable references to wanting to the next Donald Trump, eating worms for money and a war that comes complete with its own theme music). In the control, the network censor has his own standoff with control room head Cal (Timothy Busfield) who refuses to turn Wes off until he says something he isn’t allowed. He lets Wes’s rant run for 53 seconds, endangering his job. Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet), the new president of NBS, now has quite a problem on her hands. Her boss Jack Rudolph (Steven Weber) promptly fires Wes. Jordan wants to bring back Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) and Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford) to write and produce the show. The problem is Jack fired them 4 years ago and doesn’t want to admit to being wrong and they don’t particularly care to come back. Matt has just won a WGA award and he and Danny are set to start a new movie, not to mention he just broke up with Harriet Hayes (Sarah Paulson) another one of the “Big 3”. There is a problem though. Danny recently failed a drug test and due to a previous stint in rehab, he can’t get insured as a director for 18 months. Jordan knows this and succeeds in getting the two back to try and save the show. Neither of them have much trust in them but to show her faith, she tells them to open with the cut sketch, “Crazy Christians” that Matt wrote 4 years ago before they were originally fired.

    The Actors/Characters

    I’ll start with Matthew Perry as Matt Albie. I was a big Friends fan and Perry was a major factor in my early interest in this show. Matt is similar to Chandler in terms of being funny but different enough to not being constantly compared to each other. I’m not familiar with Whitford but I did like him as Danny. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by Amanda Peet. I recently read she was pregnant and while they should definitely not write it in, I wouldn’t mind seeing a relationship between her and Matt developing eventually. They had more chemistry to me than he did with Sarah Paulson. She received the most airtime out of the 3 main Studio 60 actors due to her relationship with Matt but their scenes together were actually a low point of the episode for me. I did enjoy her scenes at the club for the show’s wrap party with D.L. Hughley (Simon Stiles) and Nathan Corddry. I was a bit hesitant after hearing of D.L.’s casting but I liked his character from his limited airtime and looking forward to see further development of Simon and Tom in future episodes. Timothy Busfield, Steven Weber and Judd Hirsch played their parts perfectly.

    Reading my review again, the show seems like a lot of information thrown at you all at once but the way Sorkin develops everything plays perfectly. I think the main problem this show will face is the fact that it is more drama than comedy (which some people might not expect due to its obvious take off of SNL) but there are plenty of funny moments and the humor is smart. I expect this show to be a hit and it will be a real shame if it isn’t.
  • Is it only me, or is that "classification" line just annoying? I run with pilot episode as it is. I love Matthew Perry and The West Wing. So this is a match made in heaven to me...

    I love Matthew Perry and The West Wing. So this is a match made in heaven to me. I can start off with that and no one will read this now as it's tainted. A fan will never say anything bad. More than that my favorite character in West Wing is Bradley. So yes, again. It's just a dream come true. But as always when you put all major forces in one place the "stuff that probably is censored might" really hit the fan. I had great expectations for this one. I have been reading about it. I have seen the trailers and I like (can't say love regarding guys too many times) the cast. As I started to watch the show I didn't really get the feeling that I was hoping for. Then Peet stormed in and was kinda funny with the "seven funny things" remark. And then, it just happened. Matthew Perry entered and turned on his way of acting that made Chandler (the guy that didn't have sex in the porn based upon the hit show) the star of Friends.

    He just delivers the lines so sharp, so smooth, so fast that if he just can keep this up the show will be a must see. Then combined with Bradley who is equally as fast with comments and delivers them without trying to be funny.

    I think it's going to take a few more episodes to get hooked totally. But I do think that this will be one of the best reasons for having a tv this fall.
  • A sign of great things to come

    Yes, finally Aaron Sorkin\'s back where he belongs, turning tv into tv.
    Can see a great partnership between Mathew Perry & Bradley Whitford (both great actors). Amanda Peet was also very slick.
    The show did start off a bit crazy and slow in a way as all i cared for was seeing Mathew Perry back on tv, with Bradley Whitford (my fave in West Wing). Trust me they didn\'t dissapoint, although all the spoilers over the internet did ruin the experience for me!
    I think this show will be my favourite after a few more episodes and i will be as hooked unto it as i was with the west wing, house, prison break & lost.
  • A good start for the series.

    Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip was aired in Canada on Sunday, September 17th, one day before the US Network airing. I saw it and really enjoyed it.

    The show seems to have a lot going for it, and it's not just the cast; there are already some intriguing story lines, and conflicts set up that can last the entire season and provide fodder for the writers. It has humor and character conflict, as well as the interesting prospect of seeing actors deal with the show within a show concept. The pilot kept me riveted, and threw in some curve balls to keep the audience guessing. I liked the way that it started out with Chandler (Matt? Danny?) looking like he was the alcohol/drug dependent one, but that's not the case at all. It was a catchy beginning that kept me hooked.
  • Very exciting start for what is no doubt to be NBC\'s next big things.

    Great writing. Every line of dialogue meshes perfectly with the characters. Great actors. Matthew Perry is really just the funniest guy on tv rigth now. Amanda Peet is great as well giving what could have been a poor helpless character some strength that creates a character who can objectivly view the events around her. Great premise. This setup could not be truer of SNL, and the way that they incorporate real life celebrities (Felicity Huffman) into the show is great. ANd the writers don\'t take there audeience to be seven year olds. Trust me. Watch the show. You wont be dissapointed.
  • I have a funny feeling im gonna love this show

    that rant at the start was brilliant
    it was not as some people say a mental breakdown.
    It was the desperate plea of a man
    who sees television becoming increasingly
    vapid,crass and worthless.

    while at the same time network types
    turn his show into bland ,inoffensive shadow of what it should be because they dont want to offend anyone.

    the acting and script was great
    the plot was okay
    the central characters had genuine chemistry

    i cetainly look for to the rest of the series

    until the network sexes it up with
    teenage nympho robot murderers
  • If you have some time on Monday, September 18th at 10:00 p.m. watch - it won’t kill you.

    The Brief: The new Aaron Sorkin, Tommy! Schlamme! hour long drama about the ‘five minutes’ before and after the camera roles on a twenty year old sketch comedy show. (Additional thoughts below the fold.)

    I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot. Having never seen Network, the opening rant by Wes hit home and clearly establishes the idea Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip - the show within a show – has for sometime failed to deliver the humorous social comedy necessary to make such a sketch comedy show relevant. The subsequent introduction of the main characters effectively places each set of characters into their macro-role within the series.

    As the “voice” of the network, Jack Rudolph and Jordan McDeere offer contradictory views of the network coin. Rudolph, played with a muted entitled cynicism by Steven Webber, butts heads with McDeere’s balls-to-the-wall willingness to reach further than comfortable. Amanda Peet gives McDeere a sparkling naiveté that seems counter-intuitive for a woman who has worked her way into a network presidency in ten or twelve years. I’m looking forward to finding out what’s behind the façade as Peet settles into the role.

    Half-way through the episode Sorkin introduces us to the ‘star power’ of the show - namely the pair that would become the Head Writer and Executive Producer of the sketch comedy show. Taking over as Head Writer Matt Albie, as played by Matthew Perry, dances between the tightly wound neurotic and cold-hearted cynic, but leaves you questioning when you’ll see what’s between the extremes. In balancing out Matt’s extremes, Bradley Whitford gives us an subdued Danny Tripp. Amazingly, in the hands of Sorkin, Perry and Whitford this friendship solidifies in your mind within minutes of introduction. (If you need a reason to watch the pilot - and look beyond Sorkin’s tendency for loving soapboxes, this thing of beauty would be it.)

    Also introduced are Cal, the control room director played by Timothy Busfield and the headlining cast for the show within the show - Harriet Hayes, Simon Stiles, and Tom Jeter played by Sarah Paulson, D.L. Hughley and Nathan Corddry respectively. The pilot gives us an extend glimpse of Hayes, but Styles and Jeter remain unknown beyond their importance. Unseen, and oft alluded to are the ‘bad’ writers Ricky and Ronny who apparently have problems finding funny jokes with two hands and a flashlight.) The rant establishes one of the through themes I hope the series addresses – power, who has it, and what happens when someone looses it. The relationship between Matt and Danny continues Sorkin’s illumination of male friendship. The set is beautiful in a how does it all work and/or fit together kind of way. The attention to small details makes it fun to re-watch (i.e. Matt exiting the half-cab by stepping through the non-existent front while Danny opens the car door and the cast-cameos in costume). While some have commented that the banter doesn’t really flow and some of the actors have yet to find their Sorkin legs, I have faith that soon the banter will flow and we’ll believe that everyone thinks that fast. All in all, the pilot makes me happy.

    So, if you have some time on Monday, September 18th at 10:00 p.m. watch - it won’t kill you.
  • With the need for NBC to find new, great shows, Studio 60 gains your intrest and keeps you locked into the final seconds of it's well written, greatly acted pilot.

    As soon as I could get my hands on the Pilot for "Studio 60" I jumped at it and began to get into it. I saw the trailers and it caught my eye, so I gave it a chance. Wow. I found something to watch on Monday nights.

    The basis of the show is about Studio 60...A dieing sketch-comedy show on the NBS network. The Exex Producer at the time the pilot begins, played by the great Judd Hirsch, had his last letdown by the show as they cut a sketch rendered "too controversial" for the network by on the executives. This causes an on-air meltdown and the loss of his job. When the new network president Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet) hears about it, she knows she has to do something fast...Just want she needs to start making her mark on the network.

    On the other side of the plot, Matt (Matthew Perry) and Danny (Bradley Whitford) are at an award show where topics of conversation, like why Matt and his girlfriend broke up of the national anthem?

    Before long, Jordan tracks down Danny and informs she knows about his failed health tests and trys to blackmail him into the job. The viewer discovers that Matt and Danny used to work for the show four years previous, but were fired by the network, or as the net execs say..."quit". Matt finally agrees to take the job and convices Danny to do it aswell. As everyone believes they can save thr show...except for one network chairman, Jack Rudolph played by Steven Weber.

    All-in-all, the show is solid and has an amazing cast. The scenes with Amanda Peet, Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford are superb. The chemistry between the three is great and Matthew Perry's performance was a personal favourite. It shouldn't have nothing to worry about except maybe the night it's on. Monday's kill shows...It's a fact. If it gets beyond the scheduling...Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip will glow once again...and maybe even help out another network besides the made-up NBS.

    - Ryan
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