Studio 60 Team

(l-r) Back Row: Steven Weber as Jack Rudolph, Timothy Busfield as Cal Shanley, D.L. Hughley as Simon Stiles, Sarah Paulson as Harriet Hayes, Nate Corddry as Tom Jeter; Front Row: Amanda Peet as Jordan McDeere, Matthew Perry as Matt Albie, Bradley Whitford as Danny Tripp — NBC Photo: Art Streiber
Matt Albie — played by Matthew Perry
Is a talented writer and long time partner of Danny Tripp.
Danny Tripp — played by Bradley Whitford
Recently lost a job due to testing positive in a drug test. Together he and Matt Albie are asked to take over “show running” duties for a live, weekly, sketch comedy show.
Jordan McDeere — played by Amanda Peet
Has just been promoted to president of the show’s network: The National Broadcasting System. She takes charge after the producer of the show gives a speech live on the show about how they had been censored by the network. To solve the crisis she decides to hire Danny and Matt.
Harriet Hayes — played by Sarah Paulson
One of the main stars of the fictional “Studio 60″ show. She and Matt have had a past romantic relationship.
Tom Jeter  played by Nate Corddry
Another of the show’s main stars.
Simon Stiles  played by D. L. Hughley
The third main star. He attended the Yale School of Drama. Tom and Simon are united by their “mutual respect, their dedication to their show and nothing else”.
Jack Rudolph  played by Steven Weber
Chairman of the network NBS and Jordan’s boss. He fired Matt and Danny from “Studio 60″ four years prior to the pilot and reluctantly allows Jordan to rehire them.
Cal Shanley  played by Timothy Busfield
The control-room director of “Studio 60″. (Busfield will also serve as producing director on the show.)
For information on Secondary Characters of the show, including cast and crew of the show within a show, see our “Organization” page.