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The Cold Open 

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.

Director:

Thomas Schlamme

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Perry ... Matt Albie
Amanda Peet ... Jordan McDeere
Bradley Whitford ... Danny Tripp
Steven Weber ... Jack Rudolph
D.L. Hughley ... Simon Stiles
Sarah Paulson ... Harriet Hayes
Nate Corddry ... Tom Jeter
Timothy Busfield ... Cal Shanley
Evan Handler ... Ricky Tahoe
Carlos Jacott ... Ron Oswald
Ayda Field ... Jeannie Whatley
Simon Helberg ... Alex Dwyer
Wendy Phillips ... Shelley Green
Diana Maria Riva ... Lilly Rodriguez
Merritt Wever ... Suzanne
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Guest Host, not appearing on screen, was Mark Wahlberg. The Guest Musical Acts, appearing on screen, were the West Coast Philarmonic Orchestra with the Los Angeles Light Opera Chorus. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tom Jeter: [on bloggers] I'm a fan of credentials. It's like we've all spent the last five years living in a Roger Corman film called "Revenge Of The Hack."
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References Any Given Sunday (1999) See more »

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Pilot=good, Cold Open=brilliant
26 September 2006 | by El_MontySee 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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