Might Aaron Sorkin Come Back to TV?

I stumbled across this article in EW's Popwatch and I can only hope it speaks the truth.

The great Aaron Sorkin (man behind The West Wing, as well as its short-lived predecessor Sports Night and follow-up Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip) might be considering a return to television.

From EW:

"A source close to Sorkin says the uber-writer is in talks with Entourage to guest star on the comedy once it returns to HBO in July. And there may be more good news on the horizon: Although his dance card is filled with must-finish screenplays (a Facebook movie! A courtroom drama for George Clooney called The Challenge!) word is that Sorkin is mulling over the idea of a new TV drama that takes a behind-the-scenes look at a cable news program (think: Keith Olbermann's show on MSNBC)."

Granted, Sorkin's other two behind-the-scenes TV shows were short lived (Sports Night and Studio 60), but none of them were bad (not even Studio 60, despite what some claimed). And...just watch any West Wing episode that the man wrote and you'll see the great TV he is capable of creating.

So..who's with me in hoping this comes to be?




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Aug 23, 2009 10:47PM EDT

That would be incredible! What a great idea for a show. I only hope Thomas Schlamme joins him. I just finished watching "Sports Night" today, which rounded out the Sorkin/Schlamme trilogy for me.
All three of their shows were great.
I can understand why "Sports Night" got cancelled. There was really no niche in network television for a show that was not quite funny enough to be a sitcom, but not long enough (22 minutes per episode) to be a drama. And the acting was pretty miserable. Hearing Aaron's words from Robert Guillaume's mouth is like drinking champagne from a paper cup. But, it was still a very entertaining show, and it remains an important part of Sorkin and Schlamme's body of work.
Why "Studio 60" wasn't successful remains a total mystery to me. It was absolutely fantastic. It had a great setting, a great story, and a phenomenal cast.
And the first four seasons of "The West Wing" speak for themselves. The best television show ever to air, both in quality and in entertainment value. Why Aaron and Tommy chose to abandon it at its peak, we may never fully understand.
Keep us posted if you hear anything more about this!

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Oct 16, 2009 3:15AM EDT

I am all for applauding anything by Aaron Sorkin! I was completely engrossed in studio 60, as a real criticism towards america. It was witty and smart, made a real poke at politics and issues like religion. Matt and Danny are some of the best characters I've seen and it made me have faith in television when there was none to be found! The man is inspired and I do truly hope we get to see something from him soon!

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