Tomorrow sees the much-anticipated debut of The Newsroom, which marks not only Aaron Sorkin’s return to television but also his first non-broadcast network show. But, before we get there, let’s consider the show that marked the end of his relationship with broadcast, the short-lived Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.
As the world speeds toward the debut of Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama, The Newsroom, this weekend, we’re looking back at his previous highs and lows on television. Sports Night was fun enough, but when it comes to the really good stuff, there’s no alternative to The West Wing.
With The Newsroom premiering on HBO this weekend, perhaps it’s time to reminisce over creator Aaron Sorkin’s television career to date. Whether The West Wing or Studio 60, you know what you’re going to get when you watch a Sorkin show: Fast-paced dialogue that mixes the smart snark with an almost overwhelming sincerity. And here’s where it all began: Sports Night.
Hugh Jackman will play the title role in Aaron Sorkin’s Houdini, a Broadway musical based on the renowned magician and skeptic.
If common wisdom is to be believed, movies are a directors’ medium, whereas television is a writers’ medium. And, on the face of it, that appears to be true: Movies, after all, can afford the time and money to set up visually spectacular shots that will stay with the viewer in a way that television rarely (if ever) can, leaving television relying on the stories they’re telling in order to win people over. But … a writers‘ medium? Really?
The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin is set to appear as himself in a March/April episode of 30 Rock.
It’s one of the most celebrated writing works of the year — indeed, some have called it the finest work of the man’s career — and now, Aaron Sorkin is presenting his full The Social Network screenplay online, free of charge.
One of the few criticisms leveled at Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher’s exceptional The Social Network is about the movie’s treatment of women, and it turns out that it’s a criticism Sorkin is prepared to respond to, saying “I wish I could go door to door and make this explanation/apology to any woman offended by the things… pointed out.”
Director David Fincher, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and actors Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake spoke about the process of creating The Social Network during a special New York Film Festival panel, and Spinoff Online was in attendance.