Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: NBC Drama to Return!

Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford in Studio 60 on the Sunset StripAfter a three month absence, NBC will return the ratings-challenged Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip to primetime on Thursday May 24th at 10pm. The show has been M.I.A. since February 19th when the network pulled it a week earlier than planned to kick off the premiere of The Black Donnellys (which itself, six episodes later, was kicked off the schedule).

It will be interesting to see how well the series performs in the Thursday night timeslot. When NBC announced their schedule a year ago, Studio 60 was scheduled to air at 9pm as a lead-in to ER. The peacock network rewrote their schedule when ABC announced Grey’s Anatomy would be in that timeslot as well.

NBC hasn’t said how long Studio 60 will remain on the air. There are six unaired episodes left in the season and I suspect, because they were expensive to produce, NBC will air them all.

Does this bode well for a second season? Not really. The May sweeps period ends on May 23rd this year and NBC will have already announced their schedule for the 2007-08 season. Studio 60’s fate will likely already have been decided by the time it returns. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Barbara Wechsler says

    Thanks for bringing back Studio 60. I heard it”s being canceled (again). What are “they” thinking? Do we really need another crime drama or reality show? I love the characters,the chemistry,the great writing, what we’ve come to anticipate and expect from Aaron Sorkin. Is someone at 30 Rock feeling threatened by the similarities? If I had to choose between the two, it wouldn’t be a contest. What can we do?

  2. Lori says

    I LOVE Studio 60 and cannot understand why it is being cancelled! I hope folks watch it now that it is back on the air. I don’t know if that will save it but I sure was excited to see it again!

  3. Lily leon says

    Sorkin is a great writer and his shows are very intelligent and DO NOT need to be changed with themes from Sex in the City. I think that Studio 60 is great as it is. Perhaps people nowadays are not appreciating quality television and settle for shows that don’t require much from our brains. Shows like Studio 60 are indeed very deep and entertaining and there should be more ubiquous in TV land.

  4. Gretchen says

    Please, NBC, bring back Studio 60 for another season! Seems we’re losing a great show like this for more reality tv – How many versions of “american idol” do we really need? Studio 60 is well written, well casted and so much fun. It offers some variety. Didn’t West Wing take a bit to build a market – and didn’t that market end up being huge? Why doesn’t this show have that same potential?

  5. Anonymous says

    Studio 60 is a great show. This just continues the run of shows that the ‘critics’ don’t think is good, but it is…

  6. susan says

    NBC execs are not the brightest stars in the sky, are they? I’m sure they have another ridiculous “reality” show for us or maybe even another game show. Maybe NBC should change their name to the Law & Order Network since that is the only show they have on the air worth watching!! And it’s starting to get old!
    Maybe they cancelled Studio 60 because Sorkin’s storylines were hitting too close to home.
    I will miss the cast from Studio 60. They were wonderful together. I hope they all find shows soon. Maybe on another network.

  7. Dawn says

    I was so excitied to see Studio 60 back in the schedule. What can we do to get it back….thought they were going to stand behind the show and let the fans get settled and give it a chance. They change the schedule faster than we can become fans of the show…Slow down and let us catch up…

  8. says

    I understand that TV is about ratings… On the other hand Network Television pretty much dictates what people watch. Yes, there are tests groups and all… but in my opinion REALITY TV lacks WIT, CHARM, INTELLIGENTS, DEPTH and from time to time very little REALITY! Whoever was responsible for taking Studio 60 off the air back in February was… was, mentally challenged. It was a bonehead move…
    Having said that, I thank you and all responsible for bringing Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip back. I had no idea until I look through my TVO menu and saw it there. I may be in the minority here but I for one need this kind of intelligent writing for television. Aaron Sorkin ROCKS!

    Thank you for your time.


  9. maki says

    I’m so sad to see Studio 60 go off the air. I think the show is well written and acted and very sophisticated – makes me laugh and makes me feel happy. Something about this show, I don’t know what it is, but I love it. It’s too bad majority of people do not appreciate good stories this show has offered since the show begun.It seems all cheesy stupid shows last longer – people have no patient to give any new shows a try.Hummmmm… I’m very sad about this..

  10. ric peters says

    I think Studio 60 is the best new show in years. I was shocked when it was taken off the air. Please consider a second season.

  11. Natalie Norton says

    I’ll be sad to see the show go. . . finally something smart and whitty that appeals to the viewers intellect and not their carnal apetite for sex sex sex SEX! and more of it. What a pity (and a very telling one at that) that viewers in our country are so addicted to thoughtless entertainment that when somethng really bright comes along it’s instantly termed . . . what? Boring? More accurately viewers are just lazy and over entertained.

  12. Gina says

    I think Studio 60 is great. It is a great combo of characters and story lines. It is fast paced and smart as well as being extremely funny. I have looked forward to the show coming back. I really hope you make the right choice to continue it.

  13. Chris says

    On the Jan. 22 episode titled “Monday”, does anyone know the name of the song playing in the background while the chick on the treadmill talks to Jordan?

  14. Carol Lynn Everest says

    I happen to think Studio 60 Sunset Strip is fabulous!! it’s one of the best shows ever put on regular TV. Put a little of Sex in the city into it, lighten up somewhat on the verbage. You write this for highly intelligent people, that’s why I like it, but it’s work to watch it, you’re not entertained, you have to really pay attention, most people don’t do that. Come one, get some writers that like women, that like womens relationships. Like the women on Sex in the City. They really care about each other, do that kind of thing, instead of people trying to cut each others throats. The christian girl is your downfall, she is boring. The 2 men, (I don’t remember their characters names) have a good friendship, they are a good start, as is the woman who is the big shot…..OK i’m getting too long winded, you guys know what that’s like. Come on, I want that show to stay on.

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