In "The Focus Group", Jack reveals that her ex-husband is working on a tell-all book about her.
While his comedic skills and gifts for character parody are acknowledged, he is self-critical and often looks on the Internet at critics' appraisals.
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".
(Bradley Whitford) is a producer who takes over show-running duties with Matt Albie, his long-time friend, and who worked on the show four years prior, before leaving with Matt over disagreements with network executives.
In the pilot, it is revealed that he has a history of alcoholism and drug problems, specifically with cocaine, and recently suffered a relapse after 11 years of sobriety.
Danny has to complete 18 months of clean drug tests to pass completion bonds as a film director; while this information was confidential, Jordan Mc Deere discovers this via a personal contact and offers Danny a two-year contract of convenience on Studio 60 - "..way, it works out for everybody". Danny claims to be the smarter of the Matt and Danny duo, a contention Matt doesn't argue with.