When the executive producer of a late-night sketch-comedy series interrupts the live broadcast, the industry, the media and the viewers are galvanized. The network president rehires a brilliant writer/producer team to bring the show back from the brink.
New network president Jordan McDeere inherits a massive public relations problem on the popular late-night comedy show "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," on her very first day of work.
Matt and Danny have five days to put together their first show, which is receiving enormous media attention.
A network focus group sends a scare through the company when the results indicate that the ratings success of Matt and Danny's first show might have been a one-time thing.
When they discover that the show has inadvertently plagiarized another comedian's material during a sketch, the team members scramble to break into the taped West Coast feed to correct their error.
While the cast goes through rehearsals with Lauren Graham and musician Sting, a reporter named Martha O'Dell tries to get the story on Matt and Harriet.
A drunken Jordan makes friends with the cast during an after-show party. Danny tries to get Matt's mind off Harriet with the help of three sexy women. Simon makes a plea to hire more black writers.
An unusual collection of people must go to a small town in Nevada to get Tom out of jail in time for the show that night.
Jack has to get Tom out of a small-town jail in order for him to make it back for the show that night. Meanwhile, tensions rise between Matt and Harriet.
After the show wraps, Matt discovers that Ricky and Ron are planning to leave and take the writing staff with them. Meanwhile, Harriet contemplates doing a lingerie spread in a magazine.
While the cast members work through the show despite being ravaged by a virus, Matt must survive the week with a new and much smaller writing staff. Meanwhile, Jordan tells Danny that she is pregnant.
As he helps prepare the holiday show, Matt remains determined to bring the Christmas spirit to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Danny wrestles with his true feelings for Jordan.
The cast and staff come back from their holiday break and prepare for the first show of the new year. Danny is in pursuit of Jordan and Matt bids for a date with Harriet in an auction.
In the second part of a three-part episode, Danny and Jordan get locked on the roof of the theater while other members of the cast and staff attend a dinner honoring Harriet.
In the third part of a three-part episode, Danny and Jordan are still locked on the roof of the theater during a dinner honoring Harriet, whose relationship with Matt continues to unravel.
Matt remembers how he and Harriet first met.
On a Wednesday night, Matt is stuck with writer's block.
The production goes haywire when the propmasters and cue card workers stage a last-minute wildcat strike.
Jordan experiences an emergency with her pregnancy during the live show.
Flashbacks reveal how Matt and Danny were fired five years ago. Meanwhile, Jordan's pregnancy takes a dangerous turn.
Jordan experiences major problems with her pregnancy. Simon loses his temper with the press. And flashbacks continue to reveal how Matt and Danny got fired from the show five years ago.
Even more is revealed in a flashback of how Matt and Danny were fired years ago.
In the series finale, the long night for Danny, Jordan, Tom and Simon comes to an end. Meanwhile, Matt and Harriet create a new beginning.