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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Long Lead Story

As the cast rehearses the upcoming episode featuring Lauren Graham and Sting, a reporter tries to land a story about Matt and Harriet past history together. Meanwhile, Jordan deals the the backlash after she passes on a new reality series.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 3TS054
Airdate: Monday October 16th, 2006

Director: David Petrarca
Story: Dana Calvo
Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Oct 15, 2006

Special Guest Stars
Christine LahtiChristine Lahti
As Martha O'Dell
Edward AsnerEdward Asner
As Wilson White (as Ed Asner)

Guest Stars
Amanda TepeAmanda Tepe
As Bobbie
Ayda FieldAyda Field
As Jeannie Whatley
Camille ChenCamille Chen
As Samantha Li
Diana-Maria RivaDiana-Maria Riva
As Lily
Lauren GrahamLauren Graham
As Herself
Merritt WeverMerritt Wever
As Suzanne
Simon HelbergSimon Helberg
As Alex Anderson
Zeb NewmanZeb Newman
As Trevor
Harry Van GorkumHarry Van Gorkum
As Martin Sykes
As Himself

Co-Guest Stars
John F. CarpenterJohn F. Carpenter
As Herb Sheldon (as John F. Carpenter)
Nate TorrenceNate Torrence
As Dylan
Joseph WillJoseph Will
As Agent #1
Liza de WeerdLiza de Weerd
As Agent #2
Main Cast
Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
As Matthew Albie
Bradley WhitfordBradley Whitford
As Danny Tripp
Amanda PeetAmanda Peet
As Jordan McDeere
Sarah PaulsonSarah Paulson
As Harriet Hayes
D.L. HughleyD.L. Hughley
As Simon Stiles
Nathan CorddryNathan Corddry
As Tom Jeter
Timothy BusfieldTimothy Busfield
As Cal Shanley
Steven WeberSteven Weber
As Jack Rudolph
Episode Notes
Ratings: 7.8 million viewers

Musical Guest: Sting
Guest Host: Lauren Graham

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Amos LeeKeep It Loose, Keep It Tight 
StingFields of Gold 
StingCome Again 

Episode Quotes
(while watching Sting rehearse)
Harriet: It's such a beautiful instrument.
Martha O'Dell: Sting or the lute?

Matt: What are you writing about, Martha?
Martha: I don't know yet. I know that half this country hates the other half, and I know that, for 90 minutes a week, you and Harriet come together.

Martha: How are you different from your mother?
Harriet: I hope in as few ways as possible.

Danny: I don't think the show is quite right for your network.
Jordan: Why?
Danny: It's good.

Tom: (to the audience) Danny Tripp has just gone upstairs to Matt Albie's office, where the two of them will very quickly decide what makes it into the show tonight. We call this "the Friday night slaughter." This is where you find out if you have the chance to be the next Bill Murray, or the next Domino's Pizza delivery guy.

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