The cold open. That’s what the sophomore episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is all about. Besides a love triangle here, a near mutinous band of brothers there and a well-placed Clay Aiken joke for good measure, it’s about the cold open: those two to three minutes at the very start of the show before the booming voice welcomes audiences to the show and the credits roll. It didn’t take long to realize that we’d have to wait to see it until the very end.
The show that, in the pilot, nearly crossed the “we’re here to save you from bad TV”-preachy line is earning its keep. For starters, we still got merely a minute and a half of show-within-a-show humor and we didn’t get the Crazy Christian skit so hyped last week, but we still believe.
Read on for your refresher of what went down at the hottest studio in town. Uh, Studio 60, not 54. I’ll make that clearer next time.