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"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" Pilot (TV Episode 2006) Poster

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The original name for the fictitious network was UBS, the same network from the film Network (1976) which broadcast shows such as The Howard Beale Show and The Mao Tze Tung Hour. The network was later changed to NBS.
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In the commentary track included on the DVD, Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme reveal that Bradley Whitford's scenes in the pilot were shot while he was still finishing up work on the final season of The West Wing (1999) (hence his absence in two of the final three episodes of "The West Wing"). Schlamme also says that he, Whitford and other casting staff made conscious, deliberate effort to help Whitford create an entirely new character and 'check' himself from employing as few of the mannerisms as possible on which he relied in the portrayal of his longtime "The West Wing" character Josh Lyman.
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The Guest Host, appearing on screen, in the Pilot was Felicity Huffman, who had also been in Aaron Sorkin's previous shows Sports Night (1998) and The West Wing (1999). The Guest Musical Act, appearing on screen, was Three 6 Mafia.
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Jordan McDeere was originally called Jamie and Danny Tripp was initially written as Danny Moore.
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The exterior of the Studio 60 building is actually the Palladium with a second story digitally inserted, which is where the Writers' Guild Awards scene was also filmed.
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Amanda Peet was still performing in the play "Barefoot in the Park" when the episode was filmed and would not abandon it. Her hair was still in a 1960s style, necessitating having it pulled back for the episode.
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On the DVD commentary, it is revealed that the first scenes Matthew Perry shot as "Matt Albie" were those at the awards dinner.
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