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Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 7:34AM EST
Richard Schiff says he's talked to Aaron Sorkin about a potential West Wing reboot
“Aaron has said he wanted it to happen,” Schiff said on his appearance on the Popcorn Talk Network’s I Could Never Be podcast. Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler, adds that the potential reboot “might go with a new administration, in which case, you know, some of us might show up as consultants…it makes no sense, maybe one or two of us to be in the White House.”
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night turns 20
The beloved SportsCenter-inspired ABC comedy that premiered one year before Sorkin launched The West Wing debuted on Sept. 22, 1998, running for two seasons. Starring Josh Charles, Felicity Huffman, Sabrina Lloyd, Joshua Malina, Robert Guillaume and Peter Krause, Sorkin's behind-the-scenes sports news show "has taken on an interesting position within his body of work: It’s something of a Patient Zero for Sorkin World," says Jason Bailey, who goes on to rank every episode. ALSO: Sports Night was canceled for its low ratings, yet its 11.5 million viewers would make it one of ABC's highest-rated shows in 2018.
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 1:37AM EDT
Liberals are turning to The West Wing for escapism from the Trump presidency
Source: The Washington Post
The Aaron Sorkin drama is not just a sharp contrast from President Trump's administration -- it's a far cry from recent White House TV depictions. "The West Wing ran from 1999 to 2006, predating TV’s full pivot toward anti-heroes, as political shows turned to the craven operators on House of Cards and Scandal and childish bumblers on Veep," says Zachary Pincus-Roth. "In one episode, the president appoints two Supreme Court justices, one liberal and one conservative, in the name of spirited debate. A Republican presidential candidate argues for free trade, and the winning Democrat wants to make him secretary of state." Pincus-Roth adds: "Revisiting the series on Netflix means revisiting moderation, collegiality, principles over partisanship. Compare the virtuous-to-a-fault communications director (Toby) Ziegler to the 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci. The characters forget their own imperfections but help each other overcome them." Richard Schiff, who played Ziegler and who now stars on The Good Doctor, first noticed "a massive spike" in interest in the show during the 2016 presidential campaign. That year also saw the launch of The West Wing Weekly, the Joshua Malina co-hosted podcast that averages 1.3 million downloads a month. Even Sorkin can't shake the contrast between the Bartlet administration and the Trump administration. “It was always aspirational, but not so fantastical that it didn’t feel like it was possible,” he said, and “not in the sense of ‘Let me teach you how it should be done,'" says Sorkin, adding: “If you were to watch West Wing in the age of Trump, you could watch a simple C.J. Cregg press conference about nothing . . . and I think feel a sense of ‘Isn’t that what a press conference should look like and sound like?’ And not a crazy thing where a woman is, you know, just plainly lying.”
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Joshua Malina teases a West Wing reboot while dining with Aaron Sorkin, Janel Moloney and Bradley Whitford
Source: TV Guide
"Talking reboot," Malina tweeted last night. The notorious prankster also grabbed ahold of Whitford's phone, and tweeted "I'm horny."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Aaron Sorkin: NBC offered to give me free reign on a West Wing revival, but I don't want to make A Very Brady Christmas
Sorkin said on Monday's edition of The West Wing Weekly podcast that NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt told him, "I want you to do The West Wing again in some form. You can do it for nine episodes, 13 episodes. You do it with a different cast, the same cast." Sorkin said, though, that he didn't want to harm the show's legacy. "The last thing I would want to do is harm that, so if I can come up with an idea that doesn’t feel like A Very Brady Christmas, if I can come up with an idea that works, then yeah," he said.
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 9:38PM EST
Martin Sheen hasn't seen This Is Us, but he would be cool with Sterling K. Brown becoming the next West Wing president
“I have heard of him, but I have not seen the show, so I couldn’t speak to his talent” says Sheen, responding to Aaron Sorkin saying he would cast Brown as the president if he were to bring back The West Wing. “But if Aaron were to choose him, I would have 100 percent confidence in him.”
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 5:23PM EST
Is The West Wing's Josh and Donna relationship problematic in the #MeToo era?
Source: The Washington Post
The Aaron Sorkin drama has a "Donna Problem," Monica Hesse says of Bradley Whitford's Josh Lyman and Janel Moloney's Donna Moss. Through the lens of a post-#MeToo viewing of the show, Josh's character displayed troubling behavior, especially as a boss, in the six seasons before they eventually started dating. "Has Josh harassed Donna? Not really, by legal definition," says Hesse. "But has Josh’s possessive sexual interest in his underling held back her career? Probably: When she finally quits, she quickly rises through the ranks of another political campaign. More important, is Josh’s behavior an example of what we’re currently trying to educate men not to do in the workplace? Yes. Absolutely. Don’t be Josh. Josh’s behavior used to be considered cute. It’s not cute anymore."
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Aaron Sorkin's 17-year-old daughter slams How I Met Your Mother: "I realized it romanticized sexual assault"
Source: ET Canada
In an open letter in Seventeen magazine, Roxy Sorkin writes that she was 13 when she realized HIMYM, one of her favorite shows, "romanticized sexual assault." “In almost every episode, the character Barney Stinson, who is supposed to be lovable, can be found at a bar, getting girls drunk, lying about his identity, and bringing them back to his place,” she writes. “Afterward, he brags about his exploits to his friends. If a girl is intoxicated and can’t give consent, that means we may have been yukking it up at, well, rape. And when 13-year-old boys (or 10-year-olds or 21-year-olds) see this, they think it’s OK — in fact, freakin’ hilarious! — to behave like Barney. And perhaps even worse, girls may think it’s OK too."
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
Aaron Sorkin: A Trump-inspired West Wing wouldn’t work because “there’s no subtext, there’s no nuance”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“He only talks about two things: himself and his enemies, and that’s it,” Sorkin says of the president in an interview with Nightline. “It’s a character that, you wouldn’t believe the character in a drama. He doesn’t have any of the qualities that you need to tell a story. There’s just no blood there.”
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
TV’s sports highlight guy is becoming obsolete
Source: The Ringer
SportsCenter’s Scott Van Pelt is the "practitioner of a vanishing art" -- thanks to social media — the sports highlight guy, who inspired Aaron Sorkin to create Sports Night. “It’s almost like that job doesn’t exist anymore," says one TV agent
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
Aaron Sorkin weighs in on the #MeToo movement
Source: The Cut
The West Wing and The Newsroom creator tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: “I’ll read from time to time that all of the alleged victims deserve to be believed, that all of the women deserve to be believed, and I don’t agree with that. I think that all of the women deserve to be heard, I think that all of the women deserve to be taken seriously, but I think that the accused deserve to be heard and taken seriously, too. Otherwise, what we have is a mob.” ALSO: The Newsroom alum Chris Messina wishes the HBO series was still around to cover Trump.
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Aaron Sorkin’s I Love Lucy film will take place over a single production week of the iconic sitcom
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Newsroom, Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip creator will once again go behind the scenes of the TV business, with his film taking place over the course of one week at the I Love Lucy set, from table read to audience taping. Cate Blanchett will star as Lucille Ball.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 2:16PM EST
Aaron Sorkin: I’d revive The West Wing with Sterling K. Brown as president — but there would be no Trump
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Sorkin says his revival idea would involve “Sterling K. Brown as the president, and there’s some kind of jam, an emergency, a very delicate situation involving the threat of war or something, and (President) Bartlett, long since retired, is consulted in the way that Bill Clinton used to consult with Nixon.” But that’s all he’s figured out. He hasn’t found a place for Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford or any other original cast member. And Sorkin insists that there won’t be a President Trump. “Trump is exactly what he looks like: a really dumb guy with an observable psychiatric disorder,” says Sorkin. UPDATE: Sterling K. Brown responded to Sorkin: "if you are serious, sir, I would be honored!" That prompted This Is Us executive producer Ken Olin to tweet: "Um. No. You belong on @NBCThisisUs and I know about 20 million people who won’t let you go." To which Brown responded: "I'm talkin' 'bout later, man! Geez."
Posted Tuesday 10/31/17 at 6:30PM EDT
Aaron Sorkin pays tribute to Robert Guillaume
Sorkin says of his former Sports Night star: “Among the cast, the crew and his many fans, he was larger than life. We knew him as Benson, of course, and we knew him from his thunderous turns on Broadway, but mostly we knew him as the person we least wanted to disappoint. He was true north as an actor, as a company member and as a man. We’ll miss our friend very much, and we’ll always be better for having shared a stage with him.”