It's the week of Matt and Danny's first show. A Christian group is threatening to protest and boycott the show, the musical guest suddenly becomes unavailable, and Matt is obsessing over the show's opening skit.

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It's the week of Matt and Danny's first show. A Christian group is threatening to protest and boycott the show, the musical guest suddenly becomes unavailable, and Matt is obsessing over the show's opening skit.

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24 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Harriet (Sarah Paulson) accuses Matt (Matthew Perry) of making her life miserable for having to live through ridiculous rumors of him hooking up with numerous famous women. Among these women mentioned, is Marlo Thomas. Thomas guest starred in numerous episodes of Friends (1994) as Rachel's mother, which of course, was the show that made Matthew Perry famous. See more »

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At the end of the episode, we get a great countdown to the start of the show-within-the-show, including the "countdown clock" dropping from :06 to :05. The show runs through the "Modern Major-General" parody, finally cutting back to Matt as he turns to see the countdown clock drop from 6:23:57:54 to :53, a total of 2:12 from the previous shot. However, a real-time clock (such as the video clip timer on NBC's web site as it runs the episode) ticks off 2:27 for this interval, a 15-second discrepancy. See more »

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[Matt looks at the episode schedule which only has the White Stripes' performances on it]
Matt Albie: Can the White Stripes play for an hour and a half?
Danny Tripp: Jack White's got acute tonsillitis. They can't play at all. Jane's working on it.
Matt Albie: Okay.
[Matt takes down the cards with the White Stripes' performances, then looks at the completely empty schedule]
Matt Albie: Yeah, that's better.
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References Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around (1970) See more »

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Pilot=good, Cold Open=brilliant
26 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The premiere of Studio 60 was pretty good, but there were a lot of things we've seen before from Aaron Sorkin. The Cold Open, however, was brilliant from start to finish. Perhaps it's because we didn't need the setup or the characters introduced and Sorkin could concentrate on character development and plot. In any case, it was tightly written and very clever. The writing quality was especially noticeable following the premiere of Heroes which, in comparison, felt heavy-handed, cliché-ridden, and forced. Sorkin has a formidable challenge with Studio 60. Not only does he have to write for his own characters, he also has to write comedy for the show-within-a-show. And if he keeps it up as well as he did here, we will be highly entertained. If only SNL could have clever (and funny) writing like this.


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