Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Lifespan: One season (2006-2007)
Body Count: Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson, Nate Corddry, Steven Weber
Even before it aired,
Studio 60 had the most buzz of the 2006 season.
The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin was behind the wheel as its creator and executive producer, and critics praised the show months before it premiered. It marked Matthew Perry’s post-
Friends return to the network as the head writer and executive producer of a sketch comedy show, but the show appeared too self-referential for some and the ratings took a nosedive. The media, once so enamored with the fast-paced dialogue, quickly soured on the show, and Entertainment Weekly named it the worst of the year. And it also caused some collateral damage: Studio 60 stole the thunder of the far superior 30 Rock, which debuted the same year with the same premise (a show-within-a-show) and probably slowed it from catching on with viewers more quickly.