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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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malunda October 15, 2007 at 11:43 am

Not since the second season of (24) have i found a show worth staying up late for. Studio 60 was it. It was the real deal. I watched it by accident but was hooked from day one. The holiday episode featuring the musicians from New Orleans blew me away. What great characters…Jorden, Matthew Perry, D.L. Hugley, and Ed Asner for God sakes! What an ensemble. C’mon NBC. Get it together.

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Sive September 26, 2007 at 11:41 am

PLEASE BRING BACK STUDIO 60. It wasn’t given a chance to build up an audience. Most people I know don’t really get into shows until the second season and then they go back and buy the boxset of the first season. It seems a pity to stop it before it had a chance to take off. It was funny, witty and thought provoking. Please reconsider.

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Nick Madden September 3, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Anything Mr Sorkin turns his hand to is awesome – WTF was the network thinking when they canned this show? Twots

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Cognoscenti July 18, 2007 at 9:18 pm

Thanks NBC – just one more of your brilliant ideas intended to push us into abandoning network television altogether. Perhaps you should adopt a new rating code – “tvstupid 13″ – adults prohibited from watching.

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liz July 12, 2007 at 7:33 pm

Studio 60 is really the best show on TV–I can’t believe the networks would cancel such an incredible show. When you see all the crap that remains on the air, it really makes you wonder what they could possibly be thinking. Pleeeease bring it back!

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martin lind July 4, 2007 at 1:47 pm

Its a sad sad day.
The best show on Tv are stopped. Are they insane??
We are some people who dosnt enjoy watching reality shows.
“Studio 60..” Denmark loves you.

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jeanne nicholson July 4, 2007 at 6:21 am

i just wanted to say how much i will miss this series. it is definitely one of the best in memory for characters and dialogue (i can’t tell you how much i have enjoyed the dialogue). the cast, entire, are brilliant and i hate it has come to an end; i really hate it is over. thank you sincerely, mr sorkin and mr schlamme.

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Andrew Dungan July 2, 2007 at 11:19 am

I waited for anticipation for Studio 60 to start the season as I had enjoyed West Wing and knew this was the work of the same team. What happened was that week by week I just had more trouble identifying with the characters–Danny and Matt are too cute and clever and seem to have a superior attitude toward others– and their budding romances or on again/off again relationships are somewhat unbelievable given the age factor differential that appears to exist. It began to seem like Sorkin was writing a fantasy version of his own life–super-intelligent writer who knows more than the rest of us. After a while the situation didn’t seem as real as it could have been, certainly not like West Wing. The recent shows were a little too sentimental and happy-ending-ish for me. Frankly, I don’t see what Jordan would see in Danny, to fall in love with him at first sight and answer this, is Matt still on drugs, now happily back together with Harriet and working on the show? Who knows, who cares, no wonder it was cancelled. We need well-written, clever television, ie House, but Studio 60 was too clever.

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AK June 30, 2007 at 6:57 pm

Studio 60 is an intelligent drama and unique series. Not a copycat as are so many of the series on TV today. NBC should definitely give it a second season and give it a chance for the audience to find it.

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Stephanie June 28, 2007 at 9:17 pm

Studio 60 is one of the best shows out there & I hope there will be more. It is a show that depicts more realistic people without continually making men, or women for that matter, look stupid. The characters actually have values and think of something sex or drugs. The show leave you with a real good feeling. PLEASE BRING IT BACK.

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Sue Schwartz June 23, 2007 at 2:18 pm

Of course the ratings suffered when they take a good show and then interrupt the building of a relationship between viewers and show by sticking a stupid show that is completely uninteresting (The Black Donnellys) in the middle of the season. Even if The Black Donnellys was a good show, I was too angry that they were substituting it for Studio 60 to care about watching and in fact refused to watch under any circumstances in protest. They should allow a show to run the full season as used to be the case before making stupid decisions. It would also help if you didn’t show reruns of a show after every 3 or 4 episodes but that happens more on CBS monday nights and on ABC.

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HT Riley June 23, 2007 at 9:10 am

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Leave it up to the networks to cancel the only good programming on the air. This is why people watch cable….

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Julie Nickel June 22, 2007 at 12:07 am

Studio 60 is the only good real show on primetime tv. There are to many reality shows and this is a breath of fresh air. NBC, you’re makink a hugh mistake if you take this show off the air.

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Lorraine Worthy June 21, 2007 at 11:04 pm

There have been many people who have said it better than me. Studio 60 is smart and funny. The chatacters are interesting and quick. I hope you will reconsider canceling. Give it another season. Look how long it took some of your most successful NBC shows to click. It is a great cast and I LOVE Sara Paulson and Matthew Perry and their constant quandry. You have finally put a show together that deals with other sides instead of only the liberal side. It is refreshing…..
Thank you for your time, think about it.

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Marylou Barry June 21, 2007 at 8:09 am

I can’t believe that Studio 60 has not been renewed for next year! There is so much garbage on TV (that continues to be renewed) – and they cancel a show with wit, intelligence and a great ensemble cast! No wonder it’s called the “boob tube”. Isn’t there anything that can be done?

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