Edit
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (TV Series 2006–2007) Poster

Trivia

Jump to: Spoilers (1)
The character of Harriet Hayes is loosely modeled after creator Aaron Sorkin's former girlfriend, Kristin Chenoweth.
Matthew Perry originally turned down the role of Matt Albie but Aaron Sorkin did not want to have anyone else play the part and apparently would not take "No" for an answer. Perry reconsidered and decided to jump on board.
The last episode of the first season of all three of Aaron Sorkin's TV shows (The West Wing (1999), Sports Night (1998), and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006), as well as the series finale of "The newsroom" (2012) is entitled "What Kind of Day Has It Been?"
There are a number of set-dressing items from Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing (1999) on display in various parts of the Studio 60 set, including the "NO TOURS BEYOND THIS POINT" sign, a "Bartlet For America" poster, and the seal of the President of the United States on the walls in the studios, and the Pirates of Penzance poster on display in Matt Albie's office.
The law firm of Gage Whitney Pace, which employed Kari Matchett's character, Mary Tate, was also the law firm that Rob Lowe's character on The West Wing (1999), Sam Seaborn, worked at before joining the Bartlet administration.
Timothy Busfield plays Cal Shanley, the director for Studio 60. He actually directed 5 episodes of the series. Likewise, Bradley Whitford, who plays Danny Tripp, a feature film director, directed the final episode of the series.
Immediately above the countdown board in Matt's office is a black-on-white strip bearing the legend "Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana. G. Marx"
Harriet's inability to tell a joke is based on Sarah Paulson's own inability to do so. Aaron Sorkin heard she had that problem and thought it was hilarious, so he wrote it into the show.
The episode title card and opening credits use the same font as The West Wing (1999), another show written by Aaron Sorkin.
9 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The name of the writer character played by Evan Handler, Ricky Tahoe, is a reference to a conflict that show creator Aaron Sorkin had with Rick Cleveland, one of the staff writers on Sorkin's previous show The West Wing (1999) ("Ricky" and "Rick" are both nickname variants on the name "Richard," and "Tahoe" and "Cleveland" are both American cities). In "Studio 60", 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) himself really did almost all of the writing work on "The West Wing," even when the writing credits claimed otherwise. (See also the trivia section for "The West Wing.")
The show's production logo features a picture of a shoe with the word "money" underneath. "Shoe Money Tonight" was the title of episode 10 in season 1 of Aaron Sorkin's show Sports Night (1998). It is a catch phrase that Dana Whitaker uses while playing poker with her boss Isaac Jaffe.
7 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The character "Andy Mackinaw" is loosely based on Studio 60 writer T. Rafael Cimino, the nephew of legendary film director Michael Cimino.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The title of the show was originally "Studio 7 on the Sunset Strip". The title was changed after it was discovered that there was a short-lived WB game show by the name of Studio 7 (2004).
5 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When Matt Albie is trying to remember a writer in studio 60 from the past, he comes up with the name 'Tim Batale'. It later reveals that matt is high and is remembering himself in the past. The name 'Tim Batale' is actually an anagram for 'Matt Albie'.
5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page