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Inside 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' with Matt Albie

This fall, the long-running NBS sketch show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is set to enter its 29th season, and no one has been a larger part of the program's success than its head writer and executive producer Matt Albie, who has been a major creative force behind the show since he was first hired in 1997.

I was fortunate to be granted a rare interview with Albie, who contacted me via his Twitter account to set things up during his summer break from S60. Albie and I discussed the show's legacy, Emmy chances, and his tips for young comedy writers.

The Onion's Seth Reiss Wrote a Fake 'Studio 60' Oral History and Amazon Page

For nearly two years, Seth Reiss, current head writer for The Onion, has been tweeting as Matt Albie, the main character of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Aaron Sorkin's short-lived TV series about the backstage happenings at an SNL-esque sketch show. Today, Reiss has released a new website, SketchComedyIsImportant.com, which features an excerpt from an oral history of the show-within-the-show and a fake Amazon page for the book. Comedian Jake Fogelnest, who's been Reiss's partner in crime and tweeting as Studio 60 character Danny Tripp since 2011, tells Splitsider, "Seth is the greatest — we'd been talking about the oral history forever as a bit and he [...]

Studio 60 Characters' Twitter Ghostwriters Finally Unveiled

So the New York Times ran an article today about how Twitter is "a virtual workshop" for "performers and writers up and down the comedy food chain." The Times, ladies and gentlemen, is always on the cutting edge of new trends. But amid the anecdotes about comedy writers who got their jobs through Twitter is a pretty cool story about the improvised creation of the joke Twitter accounts for the characters from Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The Onion's head writer Seth Reiss started Tweeting as Matt Albie four years after the show aired, and other characters were soon created by people Reiss didn't [...]

Talking to Nate Corddry About ‘Mom’, ‘The Heat’, And Why Boston Stereotypes Will Always Be Funny

Nate Corddry is no stranger to the fickle whims of television. He’s starred on three tragically cancelled series, including the much-hyped Aaron Sorkin joint Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, the David E. Kelley legal dramedy Harry’s Law, and the recent animated adaptation of an ‘80s sci-fi classic, Tron: Uprising. But despite the short-lived nature of the shows that have featured him, Corddry himself has left a lasting impression as a sharp, versatile actor. He’s ably balanced both the dramatic – roles as a creepy, clingy restaurant manager on United States of Tara and a soldier in the HBO war epic The Pacific – and the hilarious – a [...]

Matt Albie and Danny Tripp, Together Again: Bradley Whitford Is Coming to 'Go On' for a 'Studio 60' Reunion

Bradley Whitford, who starred with Matthew Perry on Aaron Sorkin's short-lived but much-loved backstage SNL(ish) drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, is guest starring on an upcoming episode of Perry's current series Go On, the actor revealed on Twitter yesterday. Little is known about Whitford's character on the show, besides the fact that he'll be sharing a hot tub with Perry's character at some point, but it'll just be nice for Studio 60 die-hards to see the guys who played Important Comedy Writers Matt Albie and Bradley Whitford together again. Beware, writers of Go On, if the Bradley Whitford episode doesn't contain a ton of Studio 60 [...]

Hashfic: Studio 60's Odd Second Life On Twitter

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A few weeks ago, the cast and crew of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" joined Twitter en masse. And it's not just head writer Matt Albie and multi-talented S60 star Harriet Hayes. Just about everyone involved with the show [...]

Serious Comedy at Aaron Sorkin's 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'

In the war of the low-rated backstage-at-SaturdayNightLive TV shows, there can be only one. And in 2006’s race to viewership mediocrity, Tina Fey’s 30 Rock, which spoofed her time as SNL’s head writer, was Christopher Lambert. And we’re all better for it.

Well, everyone was better for it, except for this guy: Aaron Sorkin.

The 20 Specials of Christmas: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

I had to. I know that Studio 60 isn't a comedy, it's a drama about a comedy. But this is every reason that basic premise failed. It's an episode about a comedy show putting on a Christmas special that's neither funny nor filled with any sense of genuine holiday spirit.

Plot, Why Not:

The show has never done a Christmas show, and Matt thinks it's time for a change! But the other people don't like Christmas! A CHRISTMAS IN LOS ANGELES? OH, BROTHER!

But, uh-uh, Grinches: Matt is going to cheer them up with some forced smiles and way-too-fast dialogue! Can show business and a time for joy [...]

The Day Comedy Won: How 30 Rock Beat Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Last month, NBC picked up 30 Rock for a sixth season, which must be celebrated as a miracle when one considers what Tina Fey’s “comedy show about a comedy show” was up against during its first year.

In 2006, 30 Rock wasn’t the only NBC show focusing on the off-camera lives of the people who run a live sketch comedy show. The bigger, more highly anticipated, and frankly more popular show was Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, from power-screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing creator and since-then writer of The Social Network). Of course, Studio 60 was a drama while 30 Rock a comedy, and NBC [...]