Danny is apparently largely based on Aaron Sorkin's frequent collaborator and Studio 60 executive producer Thomas Schlamme, (Matthew Perry) is a former head writer for Studio 60 who in the show's pilot episode, is asked to return when executive producer Wes Mendell is fired.
With Danny, Matt has gone from strength to strength, with the pair going onto films and Matt even winning a Writer's Guild Award on the night featured in the pilot.
As she describes to journalist Martha O'Dell in "The Long Lead Story", Harriet was born in Brighton, Michigan — and uses her middle name because a Hannah Hayes was already registered in the Screen Actors Guild.
She is an evangelical Baptist and has recorded a successful album of spiritual music.
Despite his Jewish heritage, he is an atheist and has liberal political leanings, which causes tension between him and Harriet.
In "The West Coast Delay", it is revealed that he was forced out of the show originally for supporting talk show host Bill Maher in the light of comments that Maher made following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
According to the pilot script, "when he's not crafting a joke in his head, he's not sure what he's supposed to be doing".
In "The Wrap Party", Tom's parents drive from Ohio to visit him, and demonstrate their lack of understanding of his work. After attending the Yale School of Drama, and frustrated about parts lost to other prominent black performers (Jamie Foxx, Will Smith and Denzel Washington are named as examples), Simon was recruited to the cast of Studio 60.
Jimmy Fallon parodies ‘La La Land’ in Golden Globes cold open Paulson, 42, is dating fellow actress Holland Taylor, while Peet has been married to "Game of Thrones" co-creator David Benioff since 2006.In the pilot, the recent ending of her romantic relationship with Matt Albie is suggested to have been caused by her appearance on The 700 Club, where she promoted her album.In the pilot, Harriet stood by the controversial "Crazy Christians" sketch and its contents, demonstrating fierce loyalty to the show.Peet's real-life pregnancy was written into the show, with Jordan being pregnant by an ex-boyfriend.performer and one of the "Big Three" main stars of Studio 60.