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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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Storyline

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

Jack's line, "I hate spunk", is a tribute to the TV show The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) where, in the premier episode, Lou Grant delivers the same line to Mary, under comparable circumstances. The earlier show is generally credited with breaking a lot of social ground for women in the workplace. The actor who plays network executive Wilson White on this show, Ed Asner, also played Lou Grant. 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

[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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Connections

References The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Love Is All Around (1970) See more »

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When it was good, it was very good
27 September 2016 | by studioATSee all my reviews

On the back of a superb pilot episode 'Studio 60' continued to be on brilliant form with this first proper episode.

The first half of 'Studio 60' was when it was at its best, mainly because it stuck to its premise. Behind the scenes of a late night comedy show. There wasn't as much emphasis on love lives or Sorkin's go to option - politics. It was just a show about putting on a show.

I love the pace of this episode, the witty banter between characters. Sorkin didn't have to prove that Matt could write the perfect cold open, he could have just led us to believe that he was a genius. But this is Aaron Sorkin, of course he shows us.

The chemistry between Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford again makes the show.


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