"Look, I hate Los Angeles just like everybody else, but I have to work here because in any other part of the country I'd be unemployable."- Matthew Perry as Matt Albie in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
In the fall of 2006, fresh off a successful seven-season run for television's The West Wing, creator and writer Aaron Sorkin launched his next project. With an all-star cast in place, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was set to be a huge follow-up for Sorkin.
Paulson was fairly unknown at the time Studio 60 premiered. She played one of the three major stars of the show within the show. Her acting was superb, a preview into work in future years in the American Horror Story anthology and her Emmy-winning turn as Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Helberg was a supporting player on Studio 60 so it's entirely possible he may have not returned beyond season one. If he did, though, America would be seeing a different Howard on The Big Bang Theory. And maybe the cast dynamic would have never been the same, forcing the show off the air after one season. If only that were true.