STUDIO 60 on the Sunset Strip News
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is a new dramatic television program coming to NBC in the fall of 2006. The show takes place behind the scenes at a fictional sketch comedy variety show, similar to Saturday Night Live or MADtv.
The show was created by Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night, A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing) and Thomas Schlamme with thirteen episodes already ordered. According to a Reuters report , the contract is "said to include a fee of over $3 million for the pilot." The working title of the project was Studio 7 on the Sunset Strip.
Major roles Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford) is a director who takes over show running duties with Matt Albie. He has a history of drug problems as seen in the pilot script. Whitford won an Emmy in 2001 for his portrayal of Josh Lyman on The West Wing.
Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) is an ex-writer for Studio 60 who is asked to return with Danny Tripp to the show when executive producer Wes Mendell is fired. Perry is most famous for his role as Chandler Bing on the sitcom Friends, although he has received Emmy nominations for guest starring on Sorkin’s The West Wing.
Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet) is the recently-promoted president of Studio 60’s fictional network UBS. She is described in the pilot as an "instantly likeable 30-something" and "someone whom every man’s wife can find an irrational reason to hate;" she is responsible for the hiring of Danny and Matt.
Harriet Hayes (Sarah Paulson) is an "effortlessly sexy", "multi-talented" performer and one of the "Big Three" main stars of Studio 60. In the pilot she and Matt have recently ended a romantic relationship.
Tom Jeter (Nate Corddry) is another of the show’s main stars. According to the pilot, "when he’s not crafting a joke in his head, he’s not sure what he’s supposed to be doing".
Simon Stiles (D.L. Hughley) is the final member of the "Big Three". He attended the Yale School of Drama. Tom and Simon are united by their "mutual respect, their dedication to their show and nothing else".
Jack Rudolph (Steven Weber) is the chairman of the fictional network NBS and Jordan’s boss. He fired Matt and Danny from Studio 60 four years prior to the pilot and reluctantly allows Jordan to rehire them.
Cal (Timothy Busfield) is the control-room director of Studio 60. In the pilot he allows Wes to rant unscripted for almost a minute on live TV, despite threats from network executive Jerry. Busfield had a recurring guest role on The West Wing and will also serve as producing director on the show.
Ron Oswald (Evan Handler) and Ricky Beck (Carlos Jacott) are the current co-executive producers of Studio 60. In the pilot they are portrayed as "hacks" and command little professional respect from the stars of the show.
Karen (Kris Murphy), known as Martha Moyer in the original of the pilot, is a journalist; in the same draft, Jordan predicts that she will "win a Pulitzer Prize within three years". She seems to have been initially devised as a romantic interest for Danny, attending the Writers Guild Awards as his date, but the two characters do not appear to be together in later revised drafts.
Wes Mendell (Judd Hirsch) begins the pilot as Executive Producer of Studio 60. His power is dwindling and he’s becoming furious with the network for bowing down to the FCC and religious groups.
One main role is still to be cast, that of Wilson White.