I believe he directed several episodes of The West Wing. He even wrote one or two.
Originally Posted by dad1153
Curious decision to have Bradley Whitford direct what would end up being "Studio 60's" swan song (though fitting). Maybe the first episode aired after the hiatus ("The Disaster Show") was shot last and was supposed to air as the follow-up to all the deadly serious shenanigans from the previous five or so episodes. Get it? Matt says at the end of the finale let's come back and have a great show, yet the following episode (after all the things they all went through) they do a crappy show. Maybe that "Disaster Show" episode was only 37 minutes long because they took out scenes with Matt, Danny and Jordan dealing with their new situations but that would have messed with the intended air dates of the burnoff episodes.
I highly doubt that. It felt to me that "The Disaster Show" was a Studio 60 take on the episode "Celestial Navigation" from The West Wing. A horrible failure of an attempt though.
I think I'm actually jumping off points in the Hot off The Press thread, but it was pretty clear to me that Disaster Show and K&R were not what was originally intended for the final few episodes of the season since they featured none of Ed Asner's character, no return of Wes Mendel, and no more high profile guests (to the contrary, the guests included a recurring character from 24 and a regular from Las Vegas). K&R was a low-profile, self-contained story that burned off the rest of the Studio 60 contract with little pomp or circumstance. There wasn't even any more show-within-the-show. It put the lawsuit thread on permanent hiatus, avoided any need to explore the ratings decline and threat of firings/cancellation, and allowed the show to avoid any particularly interesting internal network politics in favor of a straightforward, West-Wing style hostage crisis plot thread.
If anything, The Disaster Show was just the writers burning off a few jokes and plot threads that they had scraped up through the writing of the show and wanted to get out before the show got canned. That's why it was disjointed and only 37 minutes, and why a former West Wing alum hosted.