Ratings: 13.39 million viewers
Guest Host: Felicity Huffman
Musical Guest: Three 6 Mafia
Development Changes: Amanda Peet's character, Jordan McDeere, was originally named Jamie McDeere; Bradley Whitford's character, Danny Tripp, was originally named Danny Moore; and Kris Murphy's recurring guest star character, Karen, was originally named Martha Moyer.
Actors Bradley Whitford (Danny Tripp), Matthew Perry (Matt Albie), Timothy Busfield (Cal), Kris Murphy (Karen), Evan Handler (Ron Oswald), Carlos Jacott (Ricky Beck), Diana-Maria Riva (Lilly) and Felicity Huffman (as herself) all previously starred or guest starred on Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing
Both Amanda Peet (Jordan McDeere) and Matthew Perry (Matt Albie) originally turned down their roles. However, creator Aaron Sorkin convinced both actors to take the roles.
The character of Jordan McDeere is based on real-life executive producer Jamie Tarses
who has been president of both NBC and ABC during her career.
This episode along with the NBC "Pilot
" of Kidnapped
was offered by Netflix as part of a deal that would allow NBC to promote its new TV shows and promote Netflix during commercial times. It ran from August 5, 2006 - September 17, 2006.
This episode was voted #43 on the Futon Critic's 50 Best Episodes of 2006 article.
Danny: What are you smiling about?
Matt: It's a nice studio. It's a great facility with an incredible history. I feel privileged to be here.
Danny: You like it?
Danny: Good, 'cause we live here now.
Jerry: What do you want me to say to the 50 million people who are gonna go out of their minds as soon as it airs?
Wes: Well first of all, you can tell 'em we average 9 million households so at least 41 million of them are full of crap. Second, you can tell 'em that living where there's free speech means sometimes you're gonna get offended.
Wes: (on air) You should change the channel right now, or better yet turn off the TV.
Lilly: (in control room) Does anybody know what the hell is going on?
Wes: (on air) No, I know it seems like this is supposed to be funny, but tomorrow you're gonna find out it wasn't and I'll have been fired by then. This isn't supposed--this isn't a sketch.
Cal: (in control room) This is for real.
Wes: (on air) This show used to be cutting edge political and social satire, but it's gotten lobotomized by a candy-ass broadcast network hell-bent on doing nothing that might challenge their audience. We were about to do a sketch you've already seen 500 times. Yes, no one's gonna confuse George Bush with George Plimpton, we get it. We're all being lobotomized by the country's most influential industry which has thrown in the towel on any endeavor that does not include the courting of 12-year-old boys. And not event the smart 12-year-olds, the stupid ones, the idiots, of which there are plenty thanks in no small part to this network. So change the channel, turn off the TV. Do it right now.
Danny: I have no reason to trust you and every reason not to.
Danny: You work in television.
Matt: Are you people using the confidential information that Danny failed a drug test to force him into taking over Studio 60 to deflect attention from what happened on the air tonight?
Jack: He failed a drug test?
Jordan: Yeah, actually Matt, I was the only one who knew about that. Shoulda trusted me a little, Danny.
Matt: (to Danny) Sorry about that, that one was all me. (to everyone) Ironically, I'm the one who's high as a paper kite right now. But legitimately. I had back surgery on Tuesday. L-5/S-1, if that means anything to you. Stop talking now? You bet.
Jack: You're fired!
Wes: No kidding!
Matt: Where the hell did you go?
Danny: Sorry about that.
Matt: I said "He's never not been there for me," then there was a follow-spot on a basket of dinner rolls.
Felicity Huffman: (when asked to choose between a slutty or a very slutty dress) I need the very slutty dress and somebody else to wear it.
Jack: The remark about worm eating and "Who Wants To Screw My Sister"? He was talking about our shows?
Michael: We don't know.
Jack: Is there something funny about this, Jordan?
Jordan: Oh God, Jack, there's like seven things funny about this. We're not sure which sister-pimping show he was talking about?
Matt: It's going to be our show now, and only one of use can screw up at a time. And I think we both know that most of the time it's going to be me.
Series Title: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
is a parody of the backstage happenings of the NBC hit sketch show, Saturday Night Live
Wes: (during his on-air rant)
People are having contests to see how much they can be like Donald Trump.
Wes is making a reference to the NBC reality series The Apprentice
in which contestants compete to win a job at The Trump Organization and a six-figure salary.
Wes: (during his on-air rant)
We’re eating worms for money!
Wes is making a reference to the NBC reality series Fear Factor
in which contestants complete a series of stunts and tasks, such as eating worms, for a large sum of money.
Wes' on-air rant is a reference to the film Network. The same movie is later referenced when Jordan says that the rant has "got people talking about Paddy Chayefsky". Paddy Chayefsky wrote the screenplay for Network and won an Oscar for his work.