Aaron Sorkin meet Jay Mohr
Something isn't right in Sorkinland. In last Monday's episode, Matt Albie and Andy Mackinaw are feeling nostalgic. In a scene early in the show Andy asks Matt if he remembers his first office . . . the one that was so small that you could write on both walls if you reached your arms out with pencils in your hands. Matt mentioned that was his second office, and that his first was actually the floor in the middle of the hallway.
Now, the reason methinks something is afoot is because I just finished reading Gasping For Airtime, the excellent Jay Mohr autobiography that chronicles his two year stint on Saturday Night Live in the mid-1990's. In this book he talks about the dressing room that he had during his second season on the show. . . the one that was so small that he could take a pencil in each hand, stretch his arms out, and write on the walls. He also mentioned a conversation he had with SNL alum Mike Myers about his first office. It turns out that it was on the floor in the middle of the hallway.
Now, if Jay Mohr is consulting on Studio 60, then no harm, no foul. However, if the only way he's involved with the program is by watching it on television like the rest of us then the writers over at the show may have some explaining to do. Maybe I'm wrong, but this certainly sounds like stealing. If not material, per se, then certainly intellectual property. If I were Jay I would certainly be miffed that one of the memories he wrote about in his autobiography was ripped off and modified for broadcast.
Didn't the producers over at Studio 60 think that someone would catch this, particularly someone who writes a post about it on a fairly popular TV website? Maybe this is why the show is struggling so much lately. You don't succeed by stealing ideas from others; that just pisses people off. Maybe I'm way off base here in my opinions. What do you guys think?