Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 1


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



  • Trivia

    • The show within a show premiered in 1986.

    • While "host" Felicity Huffman is practicing her monologue, the words she is saying do not match the words on the cue cards.

    • Nate Corrdry become 1 of 3 DAILY SHOW alums to be on a show currently on NBC. Steve Carell and Ed Helms (The Office).

    • Guest Host: Felicity Huffman
      Guest Performer: Three 6 Mafia

    • Media: Studio 60 was named "Buzz Worthy" in TV Guide Magazine, along with CBS's The Class. ABC's The Nine and NBC's 30 Rock came off as Best Drama and Best Comedy, respectively.

    • Behind the Scenes: On Today, Matthew Perry mentioned Aaron Sorkin had written the part of Matt Albie with Perry in mind, hence why his name is Matt.

    • While in developement: The Changes
      ** The name of the fictional network was changed from the original UBS to the more memorable NBS before the pilot was completed.
      ** The character of "Jordan McDeere" was originally named "Jamie McDeere."
      ** The character of "Danny Tripp" was originally named "Danny Moore"
      ** The character of "Karen" was originally named "Martha Moyer"

  • Quotes

    • Matt: I'm the only sane person I know.

    • Wes: Who's it going to offend? Huh? Tell me.
      Jerry: Wes.
      Wes: Just give me the names.
      Jerry: People who, religious people. God Wes, and you knew that when you... What do you want me to say to the 50 million people who are going to go out of their minds as soon as it airs.
      Wes: First of all, you can tell them that we average 9 million households, so that's at least 41 million who are full of crap. And the second, you can tell them that living where there is free speech means sometimes you get offended.

    • Felicity Huffman: I need the very slutty dress, and somebody else to wear it.

    • Matt: So we'll make some budget cuts, we'll shoot in Vancouver.
      Danny: No, we're not shooting in Vancouver. I'm drawing the line on the insanity. Vancouver doesn't look like anything, it doesn't even look like Vancouver. It looks like Boston, California.

    • Juliet: How did you hurt your back?
      Matt: It happened when a surgeon sliced it open with a knife.

    • Jack: (to Jordan) saw how fast I fired Wes Mendell? Screw this up and I'll fire you faster. I'm not like every other heterosexual man in show business, Jordan. I don't find you charming. And you've earned the loyalty of absolutely no one. So you go ahead and take your first steps towards making us classy again. We've been waiting for you.

    • Shelly: That was a faux pas back there.
      Jordan: Where?
      Shelly: At the dinner party. You don't compliment the caterer in front of the hostess.
      Jordan: I don't want to start throwing my weight around, Shel, but that's probably not gonna be a high priority tonight.

    • Danny: (talking about Jordan) You gotta give her style points.
      Matt: Yeah.
      Danny: And you gotta ask yourself.
      Matt: What?
      Danny: What if she's for real?
      Matt: Yeah.

    • Jack: Is there something funny about this, Jordan?
      Jordan: God, Jack, there's like seven things funny about this.

    • Danny: I have no reason to trust you and every reason not to.
      Jordan: Why?
      Danny:You work in television!

    • (After entering Three 6 Mafia's dressing room, it's filled with marijuana)
      Jordan: I'll grab the loose joints.

    • Matt: Where the hell did you go?
      Danny: Sorry about that...
      Matt: I said "He's never not been there for me," then there was a follow-spot on a basket of dinner rolls!

    • Jack: Wesley!
      Wes: Yeah!
      Jack: You're fired!
      Wes: No kidding!

    • Harriet: We didn't break up because of a Dodger game.
      Matt: No we didn't.
      Harriet: When you were promoting the movie, I was holding your hand every step of the way, but when I had a cd to promote in 52 markets in 15 days, you disappeared.
      Matt: I didn't disappear.
      Harriet: You got cold and you got mean.
      Matt: Right after you went on the 700 Club, is that timing lost on you?
      Harriet: It was an album of spiritual music. Those are the people who buy spiritual music.
      Matt: I don't care if it was an album of the Three Wise Men covering the Doobie Brothers, you put on a dress and sang for a bigot.

    • Matt: When I screw up, I tell you about it.
      Danny: When you screw up, I read about it.

    • *talking about the peripheral vision man sketch*
      Cal: I'm sure that making it longer was the missing ingredient to making it funny.

    • Cal: I'm running a live national broadcast here, can you threaten me later?

    • Wes Mendell: It's not going to be a very good show tonight. *audience laughs* I think you should change the channel, change the channel right now or better yet turn off the TV, ok? No, no, I know it seems like this is supposed to be funny, but, uh, tomorrow, tomorrow you're gonna find out that it wasn't and by that time I'll have been fired. *audience laughs* No, this is not a sketch. This show used to be cutting edge political and social satire, but it's gotten lobotomized by a candy ass broadcast network, hellbent on doing absolutely nothing that might just challenge their audience. We're about to do a sketch that you've seen already about 500 times. Yeah, yeah, no one's gonna confuse George Bush and George Plimpton, now we get it. We're all being lobotomized by this country's most influential industry. It's just thrown in the towel on any endeavor to do anything that doesn't include the courting of 12 year-old boys. Not even the smart 12 year-olds, the stupid ones, the idiots. Which there are plenty thanks in no small measure to this network. So why don't you just, change the channel? Turn off the TVs do it right now. (they cut to the control room, then back) The struggle between art and commerce. Well, there's always been a struggle between art and commerce and now I'm telling you art is getting it's ass kicked and it's making us mean and it's making us bitchy. It's making us cheap punks. That's not who we are! People are having contests to see how much they can be like Donald Trump. (cuts to the control room then back) We're eating worms for money. "Who wants to screw my sister?" Guys are getting killed in a war that's got theme music and a logo. That remote in your hand is a crack pipe. Oh yeah every once in a while we pretend to be appalled. (cuts to the control room then back) Pornographers! It's not even good pornography. They're just this side of snuff films, and friends that's what's next because that's all that's left. And the two things that make them scared gutless are the FCC and every psycho religious cult that gets positively horny at the very mention of a boycott. These are the people they're afraid of. This prissy, feckless, off-the-charts, greed-filled, whorehouse of a network. And you're watching this thoroughly unpatriotic mother-

    • Danny: I hear you.
      Matt: Good, because I don't remember what I just said.

    • Jordan: Listen do you drive a brand new black Lexus by any chance?
      Jack: I do, yes.
      Jordan: OK i owe you a left tail light and a rear bumper.

    • *Matt and Danny have been offered the job of leading the show*
      Matt: Are you people using the confidential information that Danny failed a drug test to force him into taking over Studio 60 to deflect attention from what happened on the air tonight?
      Jack: He failed a drug test?
      Jordan: Yeah, actually Matt, I was the only one who knew about that. Shoulda trusted me a little, Danny.
      Matt (to Danny): Sorry about that, that one was all me.
      Danny: Yeah.
      Matt (turning to everyone): Ironically, I'm the one who's high as a paper kite right now. But legitimately. I had back surgery on Tuesday. L-5/S-1, if that means anything to you. Stop talking now? You bet.

    • Announcer: Live from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, it's Friday night in Hollywood!

    • Matt: We're doing it.
      Danny: Matt, you can get another director, you can get someone good!
      Matt: I don't want someone else, I want you.
      Danny: The joke was I don't want someone good I want you.
      Matt: I know what the joke was.

    • Simon: We have sets running from wall to wall so if there's something you can't see then it'll be on those two big TV screens. If there's still something you can't see, then we really can't help you!

    • Jack Rudolph: So, what are you suggesting?
      Jordan McDeere: Let's talk in my office...
      (Jordan walks out of the boardroom with a smile on her face. Her face suddenly drops as Jack Rudolph walks around the corner behind her)
      Jordan McDeere: I don't know where my office is.

    • Matt: We work together now so we're gonna have to postpone this fight for a few years!

    • Matt: You fired us four years ago and now you want us back?!?

  • Notes

    • Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet previously worked together in The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards.

    • This episode won the 2007 Banff World Television Festival Award for Best Continuing Series.

    • This episode was nominated for the 2007 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Dramatic Series, and, for Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series. It also got the following nominations in 2007:
      -Writers Guild Of America Award for Best Episodic-Drama.
      -Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series-Night.
      -Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence In Production Design In A Single Camera Television Series.

    • Amanda Peet and Sarah Paulson previously worked together on Jack & Jill.

    • This episodes guest host Felicity Huffman played 'Dana Whitaker', one of the stars of Aaron Sorkin's first behind-the-scenes TV series Sports Night.

    • Premiered on Warner in Brazil on Wednesday 18th July, 2007, 8:00 PM

    • Both Carlos Jacott & Sarah Paulson have previously worked with Joss Whedon. Jacott starred in the season premiere of Firefly called Serenity, and Paulson starred in the movie spinoff of Firefly called Serenity.

    • International Airings

      Premiered on CTV in Canada on Sunday 17th September 2006, 10pm.

      Premiered on More4 in the UK on Thursday 26th July 2007, 10pm.

      Premiered on Sub in Finland on Monday April 7th 2008

    • Music in this episode:

      "California Love" by Dr. Dre and 2Pac
      "Under Pressure" by Queen & David Bowie
      "Faster Kill P*ssycat" by Paul Oakenfold (feat. Brittany Murphy)
      "Hippo Walk" by Mongo Santa Maria
      "Side 2 Side" by Three 6 Mafia
      "Lush Life" by Billy Strayhorn

    • Competition Tonight: CBS's CSI: Miami Season premiere and ABC's Supernanny.

  • Allusions

    • Hannah Harriet Hayes.

      Coincidentally, there was an American film and theatre actress named Helen Hayes, a devoted Catholic, named The First Lady of the American Theatre.

    • Several references are made about both "Network" and Paddy Chayefsky. "Network" is a film written by Chayefsky featuring Peter Finch as Howard Beale, an anchorman who, when firedfor poor ratings, lets loose on the air spouting, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

    • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is a scripted parody of the backstage life of NBC's wildly successful sketch show, Saturday Night Live.