Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 5

The Long Lead Story

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 16, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

During cast rehearsals with Lauren Graham and Sting, a reporter attempts to get the real story on Matt and Harriet. Meanwhile Jordan passes on a tasteless new reality series.

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  • I like this programme. Its not violent, not overtly sexual. Its what I call gentle monging television

    I like this programme. Its not violent, not overtly sexual. Its what I call gentle monging television. You can watch it and not have to think too much. The cast work well together and the relationships are developing nicely. I don't know who the reporter is in this programme but she is also a major milf!! Matt Perry is superb, funny without meaning to be and he has finally shaken off the mantle of Chandler. Jordan is funny and the way she faced down her boss was good. I like Danny and his outlook on life as well. I have no idea where this programme is going, but I'm happy to go along for the ride.moreless
  • Sting was wonderful

    This was a great episode. Matt revealing the reason why he got noticed on the show. Harriet revealing how she got start in comedy. And hello Sting and his lute. After watching him you can see why he has lasted in the music business for as long as he has.
  • Now that the introductions have past, and the A.D.D. generation has chosen to change the channel, \"Studio 60\" proves its worthiness to the hype.

    It\'s absolutely unfathomable to me that there are millions of people who would prefer to watch the unfortunate acting of David Caruso in a mindless conglomeration like CSI--one that seems to derive from any successful criminal show. Next up: Kevin Federline in CSI Salt Lake City.

    As he has already proved with \"The West Wing\" and the strikingly similar \"Sports Night\" (whose fate I hope isn\'t shared by \"Studio 60\"), Aaron Sorkin is a genius with dialogue. And maybe that\'s the problem--he\'s not going to incessantly provide viewers with mindless entertainment as an escape from thought. He depicts real people (albeit rather talented ones), real emotions, and real stories (okay, so maybe a book on Jordan McDeere\'s sexual escapades wouldn\'t be a top seller). And real acting. And great music.

    My point: it\'s a great show. You may not have anybody save the world, and you may not get to see David Caruso\'s attempts to impersonate Dwayne \"The Rock\" Johnson, but you will be entertained by extremely likable (and unlikable) characters, and extremely interesting relationships. Real relationships. Ones that we can all relate to.

    And if I haven\'t sold you yet--just watch the episode for Sting\'s acoustic \"Fields of Gold\" performance in the final minutes. It\'s rare to see a song fit so perfectly into the flow and feeling of the show.moreless
  • Great episode.

    Another amazing episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip with Lauren Graham (I don't know why but Graham looks spelled wrong but I don't think it is). Lauren Graham who stars in Gilmore Girls as Lorelai Gilmore played the host of the show in the show of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The group almost lets everything sip about Harriet and Matt's previous relationship, such as the breakup and how they got (or attempted) to make the other jealous. At the end Harriet and Matt are alone in the balconey about to kiss when they leave and it looks like they both wanted it to happen.moreless
  • Character development and history are the words that best describe this well-written episode of the series.

    The use of Martha O'Dell as the ever-questing reporter worked it best magic this episode. Martha is hungry for the backstories of Harriet, Matt, and Danny. She uses her ability to read situation and emotion, and her seemingly genuine friendliness to get the questions out at just the right time. It makes for a very interesting version of story telling for character development. You get the questions answered while seeing the body language and emotion of the interviewee at the same time. Through the interviews this week, we get the deepest backstory on Harriet and Matt to date. Watching and hearing Harriet talk about her childhood, parents, and religious background comes across very sweet. The audience learns that Harriet started in comedy at the same time she was realizing her faith. She speaks warmly about her mother's support of her career and the loving foundation she gave her. Martha presses for more information on Harriet and Matt's past relationship, but Harriet is really trying to not tell her secrets. We also learn that Danny recruited Harriet, not Matt. This fact only makes Martha thirstier for more. In all, it was a great character building episode. Martha as the tool for discovery is interesting and comedic at times. There is definitely more to be unraveled behind the scenes at Studio 60.moreless


Himself (Special Musical Guest)

Guest Star

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Herself (Guest Host)

Guest Star

Zeb Newman

Zeb Newman

Trevor Loughlin

Guest Star

Merritt Wever

Merritt Wever


Recurring Role

Diana-Maria Riva

Diana-Maria Riva

Lilly Rodriguez

Recurring Role

Ayda Field

Ayda Field

Jeannie Whatley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Tom: (to rehearsal audience) Danny Tripp has just gone upstairs to Matt Albie's office, where the two of them will very quickly decide what makes it into the show tonight. We call this "the Friday night slaughter." This is where you find out if you have the chance to be the next Bill Murray, or the next Domino's Pizza delivery guy.

    • Martha: Sting is in the building right now?
      Harriet: He's on stage.
      Martha: (incredulously) Sting is upstairs, playing a lute.
      Harriet: You want to go watch?
      Martha: Harriet, you're interesting but... get out of my way!

    • Martha: How are you different from your mother?
      Harriet: I hope in as few ways as possible.

    • Harriet: It's a beautiful instrument.
      Martha: Sting? Or the lute?

    • Harriet: Well, everyone here's a big fan of yours, Martha.
      Martha: Really? How would I be referred to in your parents' house?
      Harriet: The Devil's whore from Washington.
      Martha: Yeah...I'm really the Devil's whore from Bethesda.

    • Danny: I don't think the show is quite right for your network.
      Jordan: Why?
      Danny: It's good.

    • Danny: We really are going to rebuild this theatre.
      Matt: Ok well, I'm going to re-write three sketches, then I'll grab my tool belt and get on that.
      Danny: Thanks.

  • NOTES (4)

    • In the rehearsal for one of the sketches a computer called a "Commodore 64" is mentioned. This of course is a personal computer released in 1982 with an 8-bit processor. By today's standards it is an an antique and incapable of many of processing, speed and internet access needed for a search of an FBI database.

    • Jordon is in a bar having a conversation with Danny. Jordon says, "No problem, Snoop Dog". She is of course referring to the early part of their conversation where Danny profess protecting his street cred. Snoop Dog being a famous rap music artist who would similar to Danny have street cred to gain or lose.

    • Bradley Whitford does the "Previously on Studio 60" voiceover.

    • Christine Lahti and Ed Asner are credited as "Special Guest Stars".


    • Matt: Tell me something else I don't know, Woodward.

      Reference to highly-respected reporter Bob Woodward of the Washington Post. He and Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate story, which led to the downfall of Richard Nixon.

    • Martha: How did you get into comedy?
      Harriet: I liked Judy Holliday.
      Martha: Really?
      Harriet: I watched Bells Are Ringing 'til I wore out the tape...

      Judy Holliday (1921-1965) was probably most famous for starring in the 1950 film Born Yesterday, for which she won an Academy Award. The 1960 film Bells Are Ringing, a musical by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and directed by Vincente Minnelli, was her last film role.

    • Harriet: She'd quote the psalms. "He who sits high in heaven shall laugh."

      The quote is from Psalms 2:4. Harriet has paraphrased, combining the New American Standard Bible ("He who sits in the heavens laughs") and the King James Version ("He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh").

    • Harriet: I went to Chicago instead, and swept the floors at Second City. Then I came to L.A., started interning with The Groundlings.

      Chicago's Second City comedy troupe was the source of many cast members of both Saturday Night Live and SCTV, both of which are models for the Studio 60 sketch show.
      The Groundlings is an improvisational comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, founded in 1974.

    • Mata Hari / Alger Hiss

      Tom: (to Simon, who had just bragged about being like an international spy around the press) You're still miked, Mata Hari.
      Simon: (to Martha) Okay, so you broke us.
      Martha: Yeah, it's not exactly cracking the Alger Hiss case with you guys.

      Mata Hari (1876-1917) was a legendary World War I spy.
      Alger Hiss (1904-1996) was a State Department official accused of espionage in 1948. His guilt or innocence has never been officially established.

    • Wilson White: I started as an intern on The Danny Thomas Show.

      Originally titled Make Room for Daddy, The Danny Thomas Show ran on ABC from 1953 to 1957 and on CBS from 1957 to 1964.

    • Matt: I had a one-act at the Humana Festival in Louisville, and another at EST. That's the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York.

      The prestigious Humana Festival of New American Plays has been produced annually since 1976 in Louisville, Kentucky. Some plays featured at this festival have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes, Obie awards, and other honors.
      New York City's Ensemble Studio Theatre, founded in 1972, hosts an Annual Marathon of One-Act Plays.

    • Jack mentions that Bill Parcells is where Mr. White got the qoute from the actual qoute from when he left the Patriots to eventually join the Jets is. "They wanted me to cook the meal. At least I should be able to shop for the groceries."
      The line comes from The Patriots not drafting or signing any of the players PArcells wanted.