A fan-favorite writer returns to television following the swift cancellation of their previous attempt to follow up a big success that they were fired from, with a cable project that is criticized for racism, recycling of situations and character-types (not to mention actors) from past shows. Aaron Sorkin and The Newsroom? Nope, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Bunheads.
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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.
As you might be able to tell by the brighter evenings and the soaring temperature, we’ve already made it to June without too much complaint. But as the summer gets into full swing, television strikes back with some welcome returns (And a much-anticipated show debuting). Here are the five you should be watching.