"The Long Lead Story"
Season 1, Episode 5
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Air date October 16, 2006
Written by Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay

Dana Calvo - Story

Directed by David Petrarca
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The Long Lead Story is the fifth episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The teleplay was written by Aaron Sorkin from a story by Dana Calvo. It was directed by David Petrarca. It premiered on October 16, 2006.


While the cast goes through rehearsals with Lauren Graham and Sting, a reporter tries to get the story on Matt and Harriet. Meanwhile, Jordan passes on a lucrative — but tasteless — new reality series.





  1. Matthew Perry as Matt Albie
  2. Amanda Peet as Jordan McDeere
  3. Bradley Whitford as Danny Tripp
  4. Steven Weber as Jack Rudolph
  5. D.L. Hughley as Simon Stiles
  6. Sarah Paulson as Harriet Hayes
  7. Nate Corddry as Tom Jeter
  8. Timothy Busfield as Cal Shanley

Guest starring

  1. Merritt Wever as Suzanne
  2. Diana-Maria Riva as Lilly
  3. Ayda Field as Jeannie Whatley
  4. Simon Helberg as Alex Dwyer
  5. Harry Van Gorkum as Martin Sykes
  6. Zeb Newman as Trevor Loughlin

Special guest stars

  1. Christine Lahti as Martha O'Dell
  2. Ed Asner as Wilson White


  1. John F. Carpenter as Herb Sheldon
  2. Nate Torrence as Dylan
  3. Stephanie Jeffrey as a Waitress
  4. Joseph Will as Agent #1
  5. Liza de Weerd as Agent #2


  1. Michael Albala as Network Executive
  2. Christopher Carley as Jeff
  3. Lauren Graham as Herself - Guest Host
  4. Tate Hanyok as Carrie
  5. Rob Reinis as Network Executive
  6. Sting as Himself - Musical Guest
  7. Amanda Tepe as Bobbie


Opening credits

  1. Aaron Sorkin - Creator
  2. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music
  3. Patrick Ward - Producer
  4. Mark Goffman - Producer
  5. Eli Attie - Co-executive Producer
  6. Dylan K. Massin - Produced by
  7. Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
  8. Dana Calvo - Story
  9. David Petrarca - Director

Closing credits

  1. Aaron Sorkin - Executive Producer
  2. Thomas Schlamme - Executive Producer
  3. Dana Calvo - Story Editor
  4. Jessica Brickman - Staff Writer
  5. David Handelman - Staff Writer
  6. Cinque Henderson - Staff Writer
  7. Melissa Myers - Staff Writer
  8. Amy Turner - Staff Writer

Host and Musical GuestEdit

Lauren Graham





  • Schlamme, T. & Sorkin, A. (Executive Producers). (2006, October 16). Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip [Television program]. Burbank, California: Warner Bros. Television.

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