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‘Studio City’ Season 2 Episode 1 Recap: “Here’s Your Coffee”


After landing his dream film role, Sam (Sean Kanan) gets an unexpected visitor amidst his struggle to strike a balance between work and life now that he is filming double-duty. Check out our recap for Studio City’s season premiere.

An exhausted Sam who is portraying an exhausted Pierce is trying to contact his agent Bryan to help get his crazy schedule sorted out now that he is filming two roles.

Attempting to engage fans and raise ratings, producer, Gloria has arranged for behind-the-scenes interviews for the cast and crew, but they don’t go exactly as planned.

Christine is frustrated with Nik when he cares more about his process than rehearsing their scenes.

Sam finally gets a quiet moment, but it is soon interrupted by the arrival of the publicist assigned to him by his new movie studio. She is unimpressed by him and lays down the law before leaving.

No sooner has left when Gloria shows up and piles on to the bad day he’s having.

Later at the hospital, Sam tries to convince Doc to get treatment. He refuses and tries unsuccessfully to push Sam away.

Line of the episode:

“Don’t be the monkey wrench in this well oiled machined, just be my monkey.” ~ Gloria to Sam

Fun facts:

In the episode Sam Stevens says he always takes his coffee the same way, “2 Splenda’s, almond milk.”

We asked Sean Kanan, who plays Sam, if this was his coffee order too and he told us that he likes his coffee black or with Stevia and almond milk. Art doesn’t always imitate life!

Michele Kanan, Studio City writer, executive producer, supervising producer and wife of Sean Kanan, ALSO appeared in the opening scene as the patient, Minnie, who Pierce is treating on Hearts on Fire! This woman does it all!

She told us all about her role as supervising producer, “The first year we had a pretty big crew, and we did 6 episodes and then we took a break because of Covid. Then we did 5 more episodes and during those 5 episodes we were only allowed 10 people together at a time. So, I had to do pretty much everything except for sound and lights and camera. This year I did the same thing, but I had a few more people.”

Meet the characters:

Erin Michele Soto filled us in on her character Christine, who plays Anastasia, Sam’s love interest on Hearts on Fire, “My character is finding her way into the acting world and fighting for her position. She’s dealing with a man’s world and nepotism and what that looks like.”

Scott Turner Schofield who plays Max, the portrayer of Dr. Brantly on Hearts on Fire, told us, “Max is like me and not like me. There is an element of Max that we took from my real life in terms of being an actor who is transgender, who is dealing with all of that behind the scenes and in life and then there is plenty that is just acting. He is an actor who is determined, and he wants to just be an actor. That’s his number one goal in life, to shine for that talent that he has. As the co-star of Hearts on Fire, he is always navigating everybody else’s nonsense.”

Studio City season 2 is available on Amazon Prime Video! Come back next week for our recap of episode 2, America’s Abs, as well as exclusive content from cast and crew of the award-winning Studio City!

Angela Ryan-Duncan
Angela loves to write; be it articles, novels, fanfiction, lengthy message board diatribes, or strongly worded emails, writing is her passion. She loves a wide range of movies and TV shows and will happily repeat her favorites of both endlessly, much to the dismay of her children. She also loves almost all genres of music, reading, wine, tea, swimming, backgammon, bingo, pedicures, and almost anything beach or lake related. She is a massive Star Wars nerd and an embarrassingly huge Kevin Smith and Lin-Manuel Miranda fangurl. General Hospital’s Carly is her all-time favorite soap character, and she will challenge you to a duel for suggesting Carly and Jason are not soulmates in every way. Above all, Angela loves her 5 kids, 3 cats and 2 dogs, not always in that order.

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