Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

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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.
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.

Season 1 (22 episodes)

  • 1. Pilot

    Original air date: 09/18/2006 Runtime: 45:38 min.

    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.

  • 2. The Cold Open

    Original air date: 09/25/2006 Runtime: 42:56 min.

    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.

  • 3. The Focus Group

    Original air date: 10/02/2006 Runtime: 42:15 min.

    Original air date: 10/02/2006 Runtime: 42:15 min. 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.

  • 4. The West Coast Delay

    Original air date: 10/09/2006 Runtime: 41:38 min.

    Original air date: 10/09/2006 Runtime: 41:38 min. 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.

  • 5. The Long Lead Story

    Original air date: 10/16/2006 Runtime: 43:38 min.

    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.

  • 6. The Wrap Party

    Original air date: 10/23/2006 Runtime: 43:28 min.

    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.

  • 7. Nevada Day, Part 1

    Original air date: 11/06/2006 Runtime: 42:45 min.

    Original air date: 11/06/2006 Runtime: 42:45 min. 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. Recurring guest star JOHN GOODMAN appears as Judge Robert Bebe, who is not a fan of the sketch show.

  • 8. Nevada Day, Part 2

    Original air date: 11/13/2006 Runtime: 41:57 min.

    Original air date: 11/13/2006 Runtime: 41:57 min. 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. Recurring guest star JOHN GOODMAN appears as Judge Robert Bebe.

  • 9. The Option Period

    Original air date: 11/20/2006 Runtime: 41:11 min.

    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.

  • 10. B-12

    Original air date: 11/27/2006 Runtime: 42:46 min.

    Original air date: 11/27/2006 Runtime: 42:46 min. 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.

  • 11. The Christmas Show

    Original air date: 12/04/2006 Runtime: 43:31 min.

    Original air date: 12/04/2006 Runtime: 43:31 min. 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.

  • 12. Monday

    Original air date: 01/22/2007 Runtime: 42:02 min.

    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.

  • 13. The Harriet Dinner (Part 1)

    Original air date: 01/29/2007 Runtime: 41:44 min.

    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.

  • 14. The Harriet Dinner (Part 2)

    Original air date: 02/05/2007 Runtime: 44:31 min.

    Original air date: 02/05/2007 Runtime: 44:31 min. 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. NATALIE COLE guest stars as herself.

  • 15. The Friday Night Slaughter

    Original air date: 02/12/2007 Runtime: 44:39 min.

    Original air date: 02/12/2007 Runtime: 44:39 min. Matt remembers how he and Harriet first met.

  • 16. 4 AM Miracle

    Original air date: 02/19/2007 Runtime: 41:47 min.

    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.

  • 17. The Disaster Show

    Original air date: 05/24/2007 Runtime: 36:39 min.

    Original air date: 05/24/2007 Runtime: 36:39 min. 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.

  • 18. Breaking News

    Original air date: 05/31/2007 Runtime: 42:35 min.

    Original air date: 05/31/2007 Runtime: 42:35 min. Jordan experiences an emergency with her pregnancy during the live show.

  • 19. K+R Part 1

    Original air date: 06/07/2007 Runtime: 41:33 min.

    Original air date: 06/07/2007 Runtime: 41:33 min. Flashbacks reveal how Matt and Danny were fired five years ago. Meanwhile, Jordan's pregnancy takes a dangerous turn.

  • 20. K+R Part 2

    Original air date: 06/14/2007 Runtime: 39:15 min.

    Original air date: 06/14/2007 Runtime: 39:15 min. 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.

  • 21. K+R Part 3

    Original air date: 06/21/2007 Runtime: 41:36 min.

    Original air date: 06/21/2007 Runtime: 41:36 min. Even more is revealed in flashback of how Matt and Danny were fired years ago.

  • 22. What Kind of Day Has It Been

    Original air date: 06/28/2007 Runtime: 44:11 min.

    Original air date: 06/28/2007 Runtime: 44:11 min. 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.