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 Matt Albie (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Jordan McDeere (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Danny Tripp (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Jack Rudolph (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Simon Stiles (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Harriet Hayes (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Tom Jeter (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Cal Shanley (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Dylan Killington (19 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Lucy Kenwright (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Jeannie Whatley (15 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Samantha Li (15 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Alex Dwyer (14 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Suzanne (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Andy Mackinaw (10 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Darius Hawthorne (10 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Herb Sheldon (9 episodes, 2006-2007)
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A behind-the-scenes look at a fictional sketch-comedy television show.

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Ricky Tahoe's (Evan Handler's) name is a reference to a conflict that Aaron Sorkin had with Rick Cleveland, one of the staff writers on The West Wing (1999) ("Ricky" and "Rick" are both nickname variants on the name "Richard", and "Tahoe" and "Cleveland" are both American cities). In this show, Head Writer Matt Albie dislikes Tahoe and his writing partner, Ron Oswalt, and often complains about his low opinion of their writing skills. In real-life, Sorkin and Cleveland shared an Emmy for writing a "West Wing" episode, and after Cleveland publicly expressed disappointment that only Sorkin got to speak at the ceremony, Sorkin posted a claim on an internet message board that Cleveland's contribution to the episode was negligible and that he (Sorkin) really did almost all of the writing work on "The West Wing", even when the writing credits claimed otherwise. See more »

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In many episodes the countdown clock in Matt's office jumps back and forth. Also, in many cases, after doing some math, it is obvious the clock is not accurate. See more »

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[repeated line]
Matt Albie: SUZANNE!
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Strong, dialogue driven show.
26 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've enjoyed Sorkin ever since I saw A Few Good Men. Sports Night gets regular repeats in my DVD player, and while I never quite got in to West Wing because of scheduling problems on my end, what I did see always impressed me. So I was waiting very eagerly for Studio 60 to premiere. It didn't disappoint.

Now, this show is probably not for everyone. Sorkin doesn't lob softballs at us. He wants us to think, he's not going to spell every little thing out for the audience. Some see him as being preachy, but I'm afraid they not seeing for the forest for the trees here. Some also accuse him of anti-whatever propaganda, but fail to acknowledge or account for the existence of counter balance in the show itself (IE anti-Christian sentiments in S60, although one of his main characters is a level headed and likable Christian woman).

The cast is sublime. Matthew Perry pretty much does what he does, but now he can be the edgier actor he wanted to be. Bradley Whitford has always been underrated and he doesn't fail to impress me here. All of the other members of the supporting cast (including Timothy Busfield, who was looking surprisingly John Ritter-esquire in profile) are worthy. I've seen tons of criticism for Amanda Peet as the newly named president of the network, but I honestly can say I'm buying it. She does have a tendency to make the same face for everything, but otherwise, she's playing the part as it's written. Sometimes it's not the actor, it is the character (see Holmes, Katie and Begins, Batman), and I think this is one of those times. She's playing a relatively young powerful female exec like I'd expect her to. Kinda wink wink like, with a poker face.

Overall, I think this show, only 2 episodes in, is already one of the best shows on the network channels today. Hopefully NBC will give it the due course it deserves, even while it openly mocks the network.


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