Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip, Season 1
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Welcome to the unique world that is Studio 60. What does it take to make television's longest-running late night live comedy? That's the drama — and the fun — of this smart, fast-paced and star-powered series from the people who brought you The West Wing. Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford are the dynamic duo who've been given reins of the show, with orders to kick up the comedy. Amanda Peet and Steven Weber are the top, behind-the-scenes execs locked in an ongoing tug-of-war for creative direction of the show and the network. D.L. Hughley, Sarah Paulson and Nathan Corddry are the show's talented "Big Three." Timothy Busfield is the cool and calm director. Like it or not, they're all in this together. And the best part is we get to see it all.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoPilot||Behind the humor of producing the popular late-night comedy sketch show "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" is a world of backstage politics and romances, and a very delicate balance between creative talent, on-air personalities and network executives. Savvy new network president Jordan McDeere inherits a massive public relations problem on the series‚ on her very first day of work‚ when executive producer Wes Mendell sparks a media frenzy by having an on-air meltdown during a live broadcast. Jordan has to scramble to make things right by hiring back two formerly prized employees, Matt Albie and Danny Tripp, as the new executive producers of her network's flagship program. FELICITY HUFFMAN ("Desperate Housewives") guest stars as herself.||45:46||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Cold Open||Matt and Danny have five days to put together their first show, which is receiving enormous media attention. Harriet tries her best to work with Matt, with whom she's recently broken up. Meanwhile, Jordan puts her new job on the line by standing up to pressure regarding a controversial sketch.||43:02||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Focus Group||A network focus group sends a scare through the company when the results indicate that the ratings success of Matt and Danny's first show might have been a one-time thing.||42:20||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe West Coast Delay||When they discover that the show has inadvertently plagiarized another comedian's material during a sketch, the team members scramble to break into the taped West Coast feed to correct their error.||41:39||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Long Lead Story||When the beleaguered executive producer of a long-running late-night sketch-comedy series interrupts the live broadcast and has a "Network" moment on the air, the industry, the media and the viewers are galvanized. Into this melee steps shrewd and self-confident network president Jordan McDeere, who squares off against the chairman and rehires a brilliant, unpredictable writer/producer team--which had left the show years ago under a cloud of controversy--to bring it back from the brink.||43:44||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Wrap Party||When the beleaguered executive producer of a long-running late-night sketch-comedy series interrupts the live broadcast and has a "Network" moment on the air, the industry, the media and the viewers are galvanized. Into this melee steps shrewd and self-confident network president Jordan McDeere, who squares off against the chairman and rehires a brilliant, unpredictable writer/producer team--which had left the show years ago under a cloud of controversy--to bring it back from the brink. This daring, highly anticipated comedic drama literally goes behind the scenes to expose the politics, personalities and pandemonium of producing a flagship series on a major television network.||43:36||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoNevada Day, Pt. 1||An unusual collection of people must go to a small town in Nevada to get Tom out of jail in time for the show that night.||42:44||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoNevada Day, Pt. 2||Jack has to get Tom out of a small-town jail in order for him to make it back for the show that night. Meanwhile, tensions rise between Matt and Harriet.||42:01||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Option Period||After the show wraps, Matt discovers that Ricky and Ron are planning to leave and take the writing staff with them. Meanwhile, Harriet contemplates doing a lingerie spread in a magazine.||41:12||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoB-12||While the cast members work through the show despite being ravaged by a virus, Matt must survive the week with a new and much smaller writing staff. Meanwhile, Jordan tells Danny that she is pregnant.||42:46||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Christmas Show||As he helps prepare the holiday show, Matt remains determined to bring the Christmas spirit to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Danny wrestles with his true feelings for Jordan.||43:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoMonday||The cast and staff come back from their holiday break and prepare for the first show of the new year. Danny is in pursuit of Jordan and Matt bids for a date with Harriet in an auction.||41:57||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Harriet Dinner||In the second part of a three-part episode, Danny and Jordan get locked on the roof of the theater while other members of the cast and staff attend a dinner honoring Harriet.||41:52||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|14||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Harriet Dinner, Pt. 2||In the third part of a three-part episode, Danny and Jordan are still locked on the roof of the theater during a dinner honoring Harriet, whose relationship with Matt continues to unravel.||44:32||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|15||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Friday Night Slaughter||Matt remembers how he and Harriet first met.||44:46||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|16||Closed CaptioningVideo4 A.M. Miracle||On a Wednesday night, Matt is stuck with writer's block.||41:54||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|17||VideoThe Disaster Show||The production goes haywire when the propmasters and cue card workers stage a last-minute wildcat strike. Allison Janney ("The West Wing," "American Beauty") is the guest host of the sketch show.||36:47||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|18||VideoBreaking News||Jordan experiences an emergency with her pregnancy during the live show.||42:44||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|19||Closed CaptioningVideoK & R||Flashbacks reveal how Matt and Danny were fired five years ago. Meanwhile, Jordan's pregnancy takes a dangerous turn.||41:43||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|20||Closed CaptioningVideoK & R, Pt. 2||Jordan experiences major problems with her pregnancy. Simon loses his temper with the press. And flashbacks continue to reveal how Matt and Danny got fired from the show five years ago.||39:25||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|21||Closed CaptioningVideoK & R, Pt. 3||Even more is revealed in flashback of how Matt and Danny were fired years ago.||41:46||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|22||Closed CaptioningVideoWhat Kind of Day Has It Been||In the series finale, the long night for Danny, Jordan, Tom and Simon comes to an end. Meanwhile, Matt and Harriet create a new beginning.||44:15||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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Welcome back to, or perhaps for the first time, to a world created by Aaron Sorkin. The West Wing, Sports Night, A Few Good Men and The American President are all wonderfully part of this family. Love them or hate them, you know it's Sorkin. Until, that is, we get to Studio 60. With Studio 60 we're thrust into a world of endless possibilities, where the things that you dream might happen can, and things you've never dreamed become real. Studio 60 is the third show to team Sorkin with Thomas Schlamme, again with incredible results. They're a little older now, and you can see that in both the writing and directing. The dialog is still incredibly smart, funny and affecting -- except that now it's not quite so stylized. It's no longer a thing where you can simply listen to three lines of dialog and you know who wrote it. Now it's more like, 30 or 40 seconds. It's a change, for sure, but it's also a step in the right direction. The same thing goes for the walking shots I came to know and love in Sports Night and The West Wing. They're there, but they're not there quite as much, and the show is better for it. As far as the story, I've seen 2 episodes now. It's good, but we're not quite there with what's going on yet. Of course, we're not supposed to be. We're supposed to be playing catch up, and it works. It won't work for a full season, but I also don't expect it to. The characters are real, and they're impactful. Danny, Matt, Jordan, Hariet, Simon, the rest who's names I don't remember. They're fully part of this word, and you don't doubt for a second that they belong. Even the dude from Wings manages to score as the compete a-hole studio exec. In short, the whole cast has me sold. This is long, I know... but I can't say it enough, this show has me by the balls and I've watched both episodes that are available multiple times now. Give this show a shot, I'd say start with Ep 2, but you might be a bit lost if you do, so go for the pilot. It's incredible.
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You know a show is great when you can take two people from previously long-running TV shows and, through means of great writing and direction, make the audience forget that they were ever anywhere but Studio 60. When Bradley Whitford (West Wing) and Matthew Perry (Friends) take the screen it's no longer their well known characters from the afforementioned shows that we see, but rather a producer and writer for a sketch show on the rocks. The dynamic of the cast is convincing and the writing is (of course) great. Aside from Whitford and Perry, Amanda Peet, Steven Weber, Sarah Paulson, Timothy Busfield, and D.L. Hughley make the show pop with amiable, dynamic, three dimensional characters that the audience simply wants to see succeed (except for Weber... who's character is less than likeable, but still convincingly played). In short, this show has, in it's three episode infancy, become one of my favorite shows on air right now!
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