Original air date: 09/18/2006 Runtime: 45:38 min. 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.
Original air date: 09/25/2006 Runtime: 42:56 min. 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.
Original air date: 10/16/2006 Runtime: 43:38 min. While the cast goes through rehearsals with LAUREN GRAHAM (herself - "Gilmore Girls, ", "Bad Santa") and musician STING (himself), a reporter named Martha O'Dell (recurring guest star CHRISTINE LAHTI - "Chicago Hope, ", "Jack & Bobby") tries to get the story on Matt and Harriet. Meanwhile, Jordan rejects a lucrative but tasteless new reality series.
Original air date: 10/23/2006 Runtime: 43:28 min. 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.
Original air date: 11/20/2006 Runtime: 41:11 min. After the show wraps, Matt discovers that Ricky (recurring guest star EVAN HANDLER) and Ron (recurring guest star CARLOS JACOTT) are planning to leave and take the writing staff with them. Meanwhile, Harriet contemplates doing a lingerie spread in a magazine. And Jordan and Danny wrestle with budget cuts.
Original air date: 01/22/2007 Runtime: 42:02 min. In the first part of a three-part episode, The cast and staff come back from their holiday break and prepare for the first show of the new year. Meanwhile, Danny is in full pursuit of Jordan. And Matt starts bidding for a date with Harriet in an online auction, not realizing that this is the beginning of the end.
Original air date: 01/29/2007 Runtime: 41:44 min. 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. Meanwhile, Harriet's relationship with Matt begins to unravel.
Original air date: 02/19/2007 Runtime: 41:47 min. On a Wednesday night, Matt is stuck with writer's block. He also has to contend with a young lawyer, Mary Tate (recurring guest star KARI MATCHETT - "Invasion"), who is investigating a sexual harassment claim. Meanwhile, Harriet continues shooting her movie. And Jordan and Danny compete to see who would make a better parent.