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Rewatch: 1.05, The Long Lead Story

I feel like I've been saying all of them are my favorite episodes, so I should point out that this is NOT my favorite episode. But I still love it, of course.

Only three pages of notes this time.Collapse )

Matt/Harriet Songs

Sorry I've been quiet... I'm planning to do my next rewatch this weekend. In the meantime, two songs have been reminding me of the Matt/Harriet relationship. (I have to say, even though Danny gets my undying devotion, I think I find Matt/Harriet more interesting than Jordan/Danny.) Here are some excerpts:

Pink - "Please Don't Leave Me"
What is it with you that makes me act like this?Collapse )

And even more, Macy Gray's "I Try"
I try to walk away and I stumbleCollapse )
First of all, I found this review of Studio 60 from The New York Times.  It was originally published September 18, 2006, the day the series premiered.

Second, this is an interesting article about Matthew Perry's sex appeal in Studio 60 from FilmStew.com: What's it all about, Albie?

Finally, I'll be doing my rewatch of "The Long Lead Story" later tonight, so here are the episode descriptions and important credit information:

Originally Broadcast:  October 16, 2006
Teleplay by:  Aaron Sorkin
Story by:  Dana Cavlo
Directed by:  David Petrarca

From NBC:
“While the cast goes through rehearsals with Lauren Graham and Sting, a reporter (guest star Christine Lahti) tries to get the story on Matt (Matthew Perry) and Harriet (Sarah Paulson) as Jordan (Amanda Peet) passes on a lucrative but tasteless new reality series. Bradley Whitford, Steven Weber, D.L. Hughley, Nathan Corddry and Timothy Busfield also star.”

From TV Guide:
"The Studio 60 cast and crew rehearse with host Lauren Graham and musical guest Sting; Matt and Harriet get questioned about their personal history by a reporter (Christine Lahti); and Jordan receives a pitch for a potential hit reality TV series but deems it too tasteless.”

Oh, and here's an article about Sting's guest appearance in this episode. I'd like to note that Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) also guest stars as herself.

2008 GQ Interview with Aaron Sorkin

I mentioned an Aaron Sorkin interview in the comments of one of caitrin's posts, and I was finally able to locate it.  It's from a 2008 GQ.com Q&A.  Aaron talks quite a bit about his anger while writing Studio 60 and the guilt he felt when the show failed.  You can read the full article here at GQ.com.

Interview excerpts under the cutCollapse )

ETA:  As we go through the series, I'll try to find other articles related to both the show and the individual episodes. Hopefully this will aid the discussions.  Y/N?


Rewatch: 1.04, The West Coast Delay

*Look, [info]caitrin I'm using the way cool icon you made!*

We're goin' again!Collapse )

Also -

Did you notice the cameo by the woman who played Angela Blake on West Wing?

Rewatch: 1.03, The Focus Group

I know I keep saying this, but this is one of my favorite episodes. Really.

I took FOUR PAGES of notes on a legal pad while watching, because I am a big dork.Collapse )

Rewatch: 1.02, The Cold Open

Wow, this got longCollapse )

Whew! I love this episode. I think it's one of my favorites, but I might end up saying that about all of them.

A confession, of sorts

It seems absurd when I look back at it, but I didn't watch Studio 60 for the reasons you might think. When it started, I had never heard of Aaron Sorkin and only barely knew that The West Wing existed. I guess I'd seen Bradley Whitford in small roles in a movie or two, but I didn't know his name and wouldn't have called myself a fan or anything. No, I started watching it because of Matthew Perry. And I hadn't even watched Friends when it was on - I started watching that through Netflix. Anyway, I started watching for Perry, and while I still like him a lot, I quickly realized that the true magic was in the combination of Bradley Whitford's acting and Aaron Sorkin's writing. And so a while later I started watching The West Wing on DVD, and then Sports Night and everything I could find with Whitford in it. So. Basically, what I'm saying is that Studio 60 was my gateway drug.