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Amanda Peet Named President of UBS!! Sorkin's Seven Is Now 60!!

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Amanda Peet in rejoining “Whole Ten Yards” co-star Matthew Perry. According to Nellie Andreeva’s Friday-morning scoop in The Hollywood Reporter, she’ll play UBS network president Jordan McDeere in genius dramatist Aaron Sorkin’s backstage-at-faux-SNL hourlong, which NBC premieres this autumn.

You can read all about “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (formerly “Studio 7 on the Sunset Strip”) here.

Four other actors have just taken roles, according to the report. For those keeping track, here’s where the casting currently stands:

Matt Albie, new “Studio 60” head writer: MATTHEW PERRY (“Friends”)
Danny Moore, new “Studio 60” showrunner: STILL UNCAST
Wes Mendel, exiled “Studio 60” creator: STILL UNCAST

Harriet Hayes, “Studio 60” star: STILL UNCAST
Tom Jeter, “Studio 60” star: NATHAN CORDDRY (“The Daily Show”)
Simon Stiles, “Studio 60” star: D.L. HUGHLEY (“The Hughleys”)

Wilson White, UBS corporate overlord: STILL UNCAST
Jack Rudolph, UBS chairman: STEVEN WEBER (“Wings”)
Jordan McDeere, UBS president: AMANDA PEET (“Syriana”)

Jerry Jones, “Studio 60” censor: Michael Stuhlbarg (Broadway’s “The Pillowman”)
Ron Oswald, “Studio 60” hack: EVAN HANDLER (“Sex and the City”)
Ricky Beck, “Studio 60” hack: CARLOS JACOTT (“Fun With Dick and Jane”).

Joss Whedon fans will note that Jacott is a Mutant Enemy fave, having played key roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 3.1 (“Anne”), “Angel” 1.7 (“The Bachelor Party”), and the two-hour “Firefly” pilot (“Serenity”).

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  • Feb. 3, 2006, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Jacott will always be Otis to me...

    by Sherman_Lives

    in Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming. "Are you wearing a pajama top?" "No...Yes."

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Plenty of opportunities for Joshua Malina...

    by Sherman_Lives

    ...although I scracth my head at "Danny Moore, new

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 2:30 a.m. CST


    by Chief Redcock

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Holy Shit. I feel like an ass now.

    by Chief Redcock

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 2:35 a.m. CST

    wha hoppen?

    by Sherman_Lives

    And now, a reprint of a talkback that for some reason got deleted: Jacott will always be Otis to Sherman_Lives, February 3rd, 2006 02:27:43 AM CST in Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming. "Are you wearing a pajama top?" "No...Yes." Plenty of opportunities for Joshua Malina... by Sherman_Lives, February 3rd, 2006 02:29:43 AM CST ...although I scracth my head at "Danny Moore, new

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 2:36 a.m. CST

    No, Chief, there was a screwup on their end

    by Sherman_Lives

    In a way, we're BOTH first. But in a technical, more accurate way, I was. :-P

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Finally! Now EVERYONE can be first!

    by Sherman_Lives

    And as soon as they post (like I'm doing now) they'll see how wrong they were. This is hilarious.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Well ...

    by Shan

    Has there been much of a good track record with shows set in TV stations and the like lately?

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 2:57 a.m. CST

    "Otis, would you like to see a long arm? OTIS! WOULD YOU LIKE TO

    by Darth Bono Jr.

    Wrong Otis, but still-

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 3:03 a.m. CST

    The sites been acting strange lately...

    by LeckoManiac

    When I click on new stories I get the "phantom zone" message...and then my TB messages disappear...what the heck is going on here?

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 3:20 a.m. CST

    at last, a president of a network who is boneworthy

    by newc0253

    amanda peet is a stone fox.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Jacott, "You wanna see my impression of Ghandi?"

    by Anchoriite

    Hahaha. Seriously though, if Whedon was showrunner on this show, it would be fantastic. I don't have any confidence in the 'one-trick-pony' talents of Sorkin.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 4:12 a.m. CST


    by LeckoManiac

    Boths Sports Night and West Wing were great shows...which means he has had two great shows...and a successful movie...which means he is in fact, not a one-trick-pony.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 4:28 a.m. CST


    by blondeman

    I just found a reason NOT to watch this series. I have a serious HARD ON for SNL stories, and I had BIG hopes for this series, but this may be the straw that drops my ball. Shit I hate the PEET. She made the worst "relationship movie" ever amde in WHIPPED, I mean really that movie was sooooo shitty, and do not get me started on THE WHOLE TEN YARDS --- JESUS. This cunt needs to be killed.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 5:20 a.m. CST

    She was good in Syriana, Igby goes down and Melinda & Melinda

    by ChorleyFM

    Everything else has seen horrible perfomanes (although as I said I can watch the Yards movies for Perry). With the right material I think she can be good.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Brian Bolland rules

    by Rupee88

    love that guy

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Jesus Christ, this show is going to be amazing...

    by DanielKurland

    The casting keeps getting better and better. What's interesting is I also remember hearing Peet was offerred this role earlier but said no. But wow, Cordry as well? I cannot wait.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 5:34 a.m. CST

    I was thinking of ROB Corddry.....

    by DanielKurland

    Is this Nathan Corddry better or worse?

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Nathan Corddry

    by Incomplete Gamer

    Nathan is not as funny, but it might be that he's pretty new to the Daily Show. I was happy to see his name tied to this show, if that means anything.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Yeah the other Cordry isn't as good

    by ChorleyFM

    But he has been pretty funny on TDS. Rob Cordry is something else though, the man is hysterical, someone needs to get him a big acting gig, he should be huge.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Peet has never been in a good movie

    by Trazadone

    I have nothing against her personally, but when I hear she's in a film I avoid it like the plague. Seriously, she's never been in a good movie.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 8:20 a.m. CST

    "Seriously, she's never been in a good movie".

    by splungiest

    Syriana: 87% positive reviews:

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Can we at least agree that Peet has nice breasts?

    by DanielKurland

    Because she does.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 9:12 a.m. CST

    UBS? Do the "Fernwood 2-Night" writers get royalties?

    by KazamaSmokers

    What a rip-off.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 9:13 a.m. CST

    splungiest, Syriana was awful

    by Trazadone

    Yes, she has great breasts.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 9:17 a.m. CST

    A list of Peets' wonderful accomplishments

    by Trazadone

    Syrina, A Lot Like Love, Melinda and Melinda, The Whole 10 Yeards, Something

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Seriously, all of these people are going to get Emmys...

    by DanielKurland

    or at least nominations.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 10:11 a.m. CST

    "Network" beat "Fernwood 2Night" to that "UBS" joke.

    by Voice O. Reason

    I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Igby Goes Down is a really good film

    by ChorleyFM

    Admittedly she had little to do with that, but she has been in a few good films. I didn't even remember she was in changing lanes, but that is a good film as well (even with Affleck)

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by SamuelLappDance

    I thought she was good in "Something's Gotta Give" and "Identity." Her body, though, is scrum-diddly-umptious.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST

    True, she was good in Something's Got to Give

    by Trazadone

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I meant "Gotta"

    by Trazadone

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Good to see little Nate and one of Whedon's hatrick actors g

    by oisin5199

    I remember him from Kicking and Screaming (not to be confused with that Will Ferell bomb). Nate's comedy style is a bit less over the top than his brother's. In his last segment, he joked about being up for the same role as Neil Patrick Harris on When I Met Your Mother. If you ask me, this Sorkin thing looks like a much better gig.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Hey, cool, Stephen Weber. That guy's pretty cool.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Seriously, funny guy. I'm glad Nathan Cordry will be on here so he won't be able to soil The Daily Show anymore. Fuckin bastard. (It's not that he was that bad, but I mean, they kicked Bob Wiltfong off for this prick?)

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Dan Bakkedhal is good though

    by ChorleyFM

    I don't mind losing Wiltfong for him.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Michael Stuhlbarg

    by Plum

    Huh. I'm sure THE PILLOWMAN didn't showcase the full extent of his range, but I'm wondering what his character on the show will be like, because there's no way it'll be like the mentally damaged man he played on Broadway.

  • Feb. 3, 2006, 8:51 p.m. CST

    why do you keep pushing sorkin so much?

    by mikep

    do you push the writers/creators of 24 as much?

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Am I the only "Brit" who doesn't know if he'll like it?

    by scrumdiddly

    I'm not saying it'll be bad, it's just that I can't see myself liking something set in a U.S. TV network. Nobody bring up the WW! It's not the same thing, damnit!

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Steven Weber

    by txpollo

    doomed, doomed I tell you, hes a jinx, I could only watch Wings when he wore tight jeans, and his brother on the show was hotter. Talk about dooming it, Peet was good for her whole 18 seconds on Syriana. I just thought what a waste of tits for the bitch to be sad the whole time. People die everyday and I love fillin up my Hummer!!! So a few people die, whoop tee dooo, hehehe. DL hughley is pompous, no wonder he cant keep a show on the air. Was Not Matthew Perry the weak friend of the cast>? I thought thats why he and Monica hooked up, cuz they were both so boring! I dont know if there will be interest about a show that parodies a parody show. Is it just me???

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 6:23 p.m. CST

    "I'd like to ace her deuce, if you know what I mean."

    by chiahead

    "do you ever like... do you ever forget things? like when you drink?" "now i'm antsy times twelve" they really need to put that out on DVD so I don't have to pay for converting my old VHS.

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 6:24 p.m. CST

    oh, and also,... FIRST!

    by chiahead

  • Feb. 4, 2006, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Kicking and Screaming (Lion version)

    by Sherman_Lives Voltron, and the Will Ferrell version is "Vehicle Voltron." Anyway, Lion's Gate are no fools; when The Squid and the Whale comes out(the movie that finally put Noah Baumbach on the radar in the mainstream), they'll likely get his early indie hit on DVD. Hopefully the cover won't just be Eric Stoltz, Parker Posey and Olivia D'Abo (sexiest "Q" ever!). BTW, while I'm thinking of it, can Sorkin cast Chris Eigemann on this new show? Seems like a perfect sardonic fit, except I've only ever heard him perform dialogue written by Baumbach or Whit Stillman. Still, let's get that guy some work!

  • Feb. 5, 2006, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Yes, chiahead. You're first.

    by Sherman_Lives

    "Yes, Mr. Sherman. Everything stinks."

  • Feb. 5, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Peet's fun bags

    by Tall_Boy Boobs!

  • Feb. 5, 2006, 4:53 p.m. CST

    yes, igby goes down was incredibly good

    by ulcer

    And let's not let The Whole Ten Yard erase The Whole Nine Yard, which was a cute comedy. I have no clue how Howard Stern's opinion of Igby Goes Down before having seen the movie has anything to do with how the movie actually, btw. Learn to think for yourself.