|Behind the scenes|
Wes Mendell is the Former Executive Producer of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (NBS).
Wes Mendell was fired by Jack Rudolph as Executive Producer of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (NBS) because he hijacked the season opening episode to express his feelings on the nature of changes in the broadcast industry.
Selection from the speech made over the air:
"This isn't gonna be a very good show tonight and I think you should change the channel. No, I know it seems like this is supposed to be funny, but tomorrow you're gonna find out it wasn't and I'll have been fired by then. This isn't supposed--this isn't a sketch. This show used to be cutting edge political and social satire, but it's gotten lobotomized by a candy-ass broadcast network hell-bent on doing nothing that might challenge their audience. We were about to do a sketch you've already seen 500 times. Yes, no one's gonna confuse George Bush with George Plimpton, we get it. We're all being lobotomized by the country's most influential industry which has thrown in the towel on any endeavor that does not include the courting of 12-year-old boys. And not even the smart 12-year-olds, the stupid ones, the idiots, of which there are plenty thanks in no small part to this network. So change the channel, turn off the TV. Do it right now."
- From the Pilot.