Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 2

The Cold Open

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 25, 2006 on NBC

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  • Trivia

    • Harriet said that Matt dated Marlo Thomas. She and Matthew Perry had worked together in "Friends".

    • The lyrics for the song are as follows:

      Studio 60 Cast:
      We'll be the very model of a modern network tv show
      Each time that we walk into this august and famous studio
      We're starting out from scratch after a run of 20 years and so
      We hope that you don't mind that our producer was caught doing blow.

      Chorus:
      They hope that you don't mind that their producer was caught doing blow
      They hope that you don't mind that their producer was caught doing blow
      They hope that you don't mind that their producer was caught doing lots of blow!

      Studio 60 Men:
      Yes it's hard to be a player when at heart you've always had a hunch
      To bite the hand that feeds you is a scary way of doing much
      But still when we walk into this august and famous studio
      We'll be the very model of a modern network TV show!

      Chorus:
      But still when they walk into this august and famous studio
      They'll be the very model of a modern network TV show!

      Harriet:
      I am a Christian, tried and true, baptized at age eleven so
      Unlike the lib'rals, gays and Jews, I'm going straight to heaven.

      Studio 60 Ladies:
      But if you feel you've been cheated and our sordid content lets you down
      We'll happ'ly do the favor of an intellectual reach around!

      Chorus:
      They'll happ'ly do the favor of an intellectual reach around
      They'll happ'ly do the favor of an intellectual reach around
      They'll happ'ly do the favor of a hundred-dollar hooker's reach around!

      Harriet (whispers):
      That wasn't the same thing we said.

      Chorus:
      They'll happ'ly do the favor of a verbal euphamistic reach around!

      Studio 60 Cast:
      We know the evangelicals are lining up to tag our toe
      And then the corporations will not hesitate to pull their dough
      But still when we walk into this august and famous studio
      We'll be the very model of a modern network TV show!

      Chorus:
      But still when they walk into this august and famous studio
      They'll be the very model of a modern network TV show!
      But still when they walk into this august and famous studio
      They'll be the very model of a modern network TV show!

    • When Matt and Danny search for an office, they mention that Lorne Michaels works in New York. This, along with a later explicit reference to "Saturday Night Live", make it clear that SNL still exists in the Studio 60 universe.

    • Guest Host: Mark Wahlberg

  • Quotes

    • (Danny phones the control booth)
      Danny: How's it lookin' back there?
      Cal: We got a problem.
      Danny: What?
      Cal: We blew a circuit and there was a small fire. The fire's out, but I'm only gonna have one camera for awhile.
      Danny: What the hell are you talking about; I was just --
      Cal: Nah! I'm just kidding; we're all set.
      Danny: You scared the hell out of me.
      Cal: Well it's a comedy show, dude; welcome back.

    • Matt: (to the writer's room) We're going to act, dress, talk, write and behave professionally.
      Harriet: (Bursting through the door) You are an adolescent, oversexed, whore monger with the sensitivity of a head of cabbage.
      Matt: (to the writer's room) And all that will begin in just a few minutes.

    • Matt: I'd rather sit in Lorne Michaels' office.
      Danny: Well... Lorne's office is in New York, and he's still using it. So you're gonna use this one.

    • Danny: Ricky and Ron
      Matt: Dick and Dick, I don't even know anybody on the writing staff anymore.

    • (To Matt)
      Harriet: If I slow danced with Danny your head would explode and you know it.

    • Danny: (after Jordan has made their introductions to the press) Stick around, okay, when we're done I'm going to need to choke you to death!
      Jordan: You bet!

    • Reporter: Jordan, can you describe the reaction of NBS executives Friday night when Wes described the network as "a candy-assed network" and "a greed-filled whorehouse of a network"?
      Jordan: Pleased and proud, as you can imagine. (audience laughter) Until we realized he wasn't talking about Fox, he was talking about us.

    • Harriet: My mom used to say, if Jesus is your copilot, you should trade seats.

    • Harriet: I want my body to look like yours.
      Jeannie: I want my talent to look like yours.

    • Danny: (quoting Jordan's earlier comments at the press conference) "They will return the show to its former glory and lead NBS to its thing, and quality is not anathema to profit, and if you don't believe me, tune in 11:30 Friday night"?
      Jordan: Did I get the time wrong?
      Danny: No. You raised the bar a little high, don't you think?
      Jordan: I raised the bar high?
      Danny: Yes.
      Jordan: Sorry. Clear it.

    • Matt: One of the things this show does is decide what's cool, and I've just decided it's no longer cool for grown men to dress as if they're in junior high school.

    • Harriet: I got a laugh at the table read when I asked for the butter in the dinner sketch. I didn't get it at the dress. What did I do wrong?
      Matt: You asked for the laugh.
      Harriet: What did I do at the table read?
      Matt: You asked for the butter.

    • Harriet Hayes: Sit down, write and give me a damn audience.

    • (Danny and Matt look over Wes Mandell's old office.)
      Danny: This is new...
      (He goes over to the wall and turns on a clock which displays the exact amount of days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the next airtime.)
      Matt: Oh man... no wonder he went crazy. (Matt continues to stare at the clock as Danny calls a cast meeting in the basement) How does it know?
      Danny: How does it know what?
      Matt: Exactly how much time was left in the week.
      Danny: Yeah, it's a miracle of technology that we've developed an electric device that can count back from seven.
      Matt: (Still staring at the clock) But it was off....
      Danny: It uh... has a battery.
      Matt: So it always knows...
      Danny: Don't endow the thing with special powers, Matt, it's a clock, ok? Come on.

    • Jordan McDeere: And if the ratings go up, the sponsors that dropped out we'll welcome them right back in - at a 120% of the cost of the original ad buy. We're going to be the first network to charge a coward fee.
      Jack Rudolph: I hate spunk...

    • Veronica: Jordan, did you know about this when you hired him?
      Jordan McDeere: I can't remember, I was high at the time.

    • Reporter: What is the division between the work?
      Danny Tripp: Matt will do the work, I will take the credit.

  • Notes

    • Evan Handler and Matthew Perry also worked together in the episode "T.O.W. Rachel Goes Back To Work" of "Friends".

    • Carlos Jacott appears in the West Wing episode "Bartlett For America" as NH Marketing guy number 2.

  • Allusions

    • The backwards-counting clock on Matt's office wall is labelled with the line, "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." This is a quote from Groucho Marx.

    • Jack: Jordan, I'm not sure that following Danny's rigorous honesty with a joke about being high was the way William Paley would've handled it.

      William S. Paley (1901-1990) was the head of CBS during its greatest years.

    • Matt: The man wrote for the Smothers Brothers. He wrote with Pryor, and he wrote with Cosby.

      The Smothers Brothers, Tom and Dick, were a humorous folk-singing duo who hosted a comedy variety hour in the 1960's.
      Richard Pryor was a stand-up comic, recording artist, actor and writer, who also wrote for movies and television.
      Bill Cosby also had a stand-up and recording career before becoming most famous for his successful TV sitcom The Cosby Show (1984-1992).

    • Matt: I'd rather sit in Lorne Michaels' office.

      Lorne Michaels is producer of Saturday Night Live.

    • Tom: It's like we've all spent the last five years living in a Roger Corman film called "Revenge of the Hack".

      Roger Corman directed a number of horror movies, including the original Little Shop of Horrors (1960).

    • Matt: I'm not Blackwell or anything, but holy cow, what the hell are you guys wearing?

      Fashion critic Richard Blackwell, known as "Mr. Blackwell", is best known for his annual "ten worst-dressed women of the year" awards.

    • Matt: Did you get hard confirmation from the Drudge Report?

      The Drudge Report is a news-related web site authored by Matt Drudge, who has been accused of bias and rumor-mongering.

    • Matt: You know who did the best frat humor of all time?
      Tom: Rudy Vallee.
      Cal: Groucho Marx.
      Danny: It was W.S. Gilbert.

      Rudy Vallee (1901-1986) was primarily known as a singer and movie star, not as a humorist.
      Groucho Marx (1890-1977) was possibly the best known of the Marx Brothers comedy team.
      W.S. Gilbert (1836–1911), with his musical collaborator Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900), wrote a series of satirical operettas which remain popular to this day, including The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and H.M.S. Pinafore.

    • Matt: What do we have that says "legacy of television"? Like Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Orchestra.

      Arturo Toscanini was a brilliant and highly-respected symphony orchestra conductor, who led the NBC Symphony Orchestra from 1937 to 1954, performing on both radio and television.

    • The cold opening song "We are the very model of a modern major network" is a direct parody of "I am the very model of a modern major general" from the Pirates of Penzance opera by Gilbert and Sullivan.

      This is a comic opera in 2 acts and opened in NYC on December 13th 1879 for an extended and successful run.

      This song is one of the most parodied songs in music.

    • In this episode, Jack says to Jordan "You know what, Mary? You've got spunk. I hate spunk." This is the famous line that Ed Asner said to Mary Tyler Moore on the Mary Tyler Moore show. Ed Asner appeared in the Studio 60 pilot episode as Wilson White.

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