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HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin's Cable News Drama

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 8th 2011 2:45PM

Good news: Aaron Sorkin's highly-anticipated, yet-to-be-named cable news drama is going to become a reality. HBO announced that they've ordered a ten-episode season of the show, which will mark the prolific screenwriter's return to TV and his first major project since the critically acclaimed film 'The Social Network.'

The series will focus on a cable news anchor, played by Jeff Daniels, and his staff, who "set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements."

HBO has already recruited some big names to guest star in the weekly, hour-long drama. In addition to Daniels, Olivia Munn will play Sloan, a newsroom staffer, and Sam Waterston will play their boss. Dev Patel, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pil, John Gallagher, Jr., and Thomas Sadoski will fill out the newsroom staff.

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s Daughter Joins Aaron Sorkin's HBO Drama

by PopEater Staff, posted Jul 5th 2011 6:30AM
Kick KennedyMore buzz for Aaron Sorkin's cable news pilot, 'More As the Story Develops,' over at HBO. 'The New York Post' reports that Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, 23, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (and granddaughter of RFK) has just signed on for a role.

She joins a starry lineup including Olivia Munn, Emily Mortimer, Jeff Daniels and Dev Patel ('Slumdog Millionaire').

Kennedy, who inherited her nickname "Kick" from her adventurous great-aunt Kathleen, is a Stanford graduate and recent Strasberg Institute acting student. The Sorkin drama marks her TV acting debut.

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Aaron Sorkin Admits He Doesn't Use Facebook on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 28th 2011 10:45AM
Aaron Sorkin Admits He Doesn't Use Facebook on 'The Early Show'Despite his Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'The Social Network,' Aaron Sorkin isn't necessarily an avid user of Facebook. On 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), Sorkin said he created a Facebook account for research purposes while working on the movie, but took it down soon afterward.

"I'd barely heard of Facebook," admitted Sorkin. "I'd heard of it, but I'd heard of it the way I'd heard of a carburetor. You know, I can't pop the hood of my car, point at it and tell you what it does."

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Aaron Sorkin to Guest As Himself on '30 Rock,' Son of 'Real Housewives' Star to Guest on 'Glee' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 15th 2011 10:25AM
Aaron SorkinAaron Sorkin is heading to '30 Rock.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Oscar nominee will play himself in an episode set to air this spring.

Will he finally put to rest the 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' / '30 Rock' weirdness? Time will tell.

The 'West Wing' creator has appeared on screen before. Besides a cameo in 'The Social Network,' he recently popped up on 'Entourage.'

In other casting news ...

Grayson Smiley, son of 'Real Housewives of Orange County' fixture Slade Smiley, will appear on tonight's episode of 'Glee.' Grayson, who has a rare form of brain cancer, will pop up in a scene where the characters perform at a children's hospital. [The Orange County Register]

Robert Taylor has been cast in A&E's 'Longmire.' The 'Matrix' actor will play Walt Longmire, a widowed sheriff in Absaroka County, Wyo. The series is based on Craig Johnson's series of mystery novels. [Deadline Hollywood]

Tommy Dewey will star opposite Gary Cole in Fox's 'Tagged' pilot. The 'Sons of Tucson' actor will play Wally Percy, son of Gary Cole's coroner character James Percy. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Six Things Aaron Sorkin's New Show Needs to Include

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2011 5:20PM
Aaron Sorkin Aaron Sorkin, hot off of his major success for 'The Social Network,' has another TV show in the works, this time at HBO.

This one will be a behind-the-scenes look at the goings on at a cable news channel. We can assume that it's going to be well-written, but will it be successful and long-running like 'The West Wing'? Short-lived and beloved like 'Sports Night'? Or one season and out like the good but uneven 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'?

To make sure it's successful, here are six things we'd like to see in Sorkin's new show.

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Stone Cold Steve Austin Will Host 'Tough Enough,' HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin Pilot and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 28th 2011 7:00PM
Stone Cold Steve AustinStone Cold Steve Austin will host the newly revived version of the WWE reality show 'Tough Enough,' Entertainment Weekly reports.

Austin will mentor wannabe wrestlers as they try out for a spot on the WWE roster. The show was previously on MTV, but will now air on USA beginning April 4 after Monday Night Raw.

The wrestler guest starred on 'Chuck' last year.

In other TV news ...

HBO picked up Aaron Sorkin's new pilot. The series takes place behind the scenes at a cable news show. Keith Olbermann will reportedly contribute on-air rants for the show. [Entertainment Weekly]

Greg Grunberg is set to star in the pilot 'Big Mike' for A&E. The actor will play a skilled plus-sized San Diego police detective. [Deadline]

People watch more TV when they're snowed in. Duh. [THR]

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NBC Orders 'Glee' Competitor to Pilot, Matthew Weiner Still Without 'Mad Men' Deal and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 24th 2011 11:40AM
NBCCould 'Glee' have a musical competitor?

As we enter the thick of pilot season, networks have been greenlighting pilots to consider for the 2011-2012 season. One of the biggest in the works is NBC's 'Smash.' According to Deadline, it's based on an idea from Steven Spielberg about putting on a Broadway musical, and would feature original songs by Grammy- and Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Among the other pilots picked up this weekend were a comedy called 'Vince Uncensored,' from Conan O'Brien's production company (it went to CBS, according to Entertainment Weekly), a thriller/drama called 'Exit Strategy,' starring Ethan Hawke and directed by Antoine Fuqua (snagged by Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter, along with two comedies, per Deadline), and David E. Kelley's previously D.O.A. 'Wonder Woman' (which landed at NBC, reports Deadline).

In other TV news ...

Matthew Weiner would love to start writing the fifth season of 'Mad Men,' if AMC would sign a deal already. "I have every intention of making the show when they decide to work out their business with Lionsgate," he said. "I can't wait to come back to work ... I am not looking for a new job." [EW]

Kevin Smith, Kevin Pollak and Adam Carolla will star in AOL's new nightly talk show. The web video series will team up with the actors' existing podcasts for new episodes every Monday through Thursday, with a best-of installment on Fridays. [AOL]

Could Keith Olbermann have a new gig already? 'The Social Network' writer Aaron Sorkin has been developing a comedy set behind the scenes at a cable news show. Now that it's getting closer to a pilot pickup and Olbermann is out of a gig, sources are speculating that he could contribute to the series. [EW]

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Aaron Sorkin Channels Bill Maher, Almost Word For Word, on 'Parker Spitzer' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 5th 2010 2:30PM
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was a guest on the series premiere of 'Parker Spitzer' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on CNN), and he had nothing nice to say about Sarah Palin, who he bluntly called an "idiot." As for the Republicans, he had this to say:

"The Democrats may have moved into the center, but the Republicans have moved into a mental institution."

This piece of political red meat struck us as awfully similar to something Bill Maher said last Thursday when he was on 'The O'Reilly Factor.'

"The left moved to the center and the right moved into a mental institution," Maher had told O'Reilly.

Hmm, maybe not as embarrassing as wearing the same dress on the red carpet, but it looks like two Hollywood liberals have been caught shopping at the same talking points store.

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Aaron Sorkin Is Afraid That Angry Geeks Will Put Child Porn on his Computer (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 1st 2010 5:13AM
Aaron Sorkin, 'The Colbert Report'Aaron Sorkin has a new catchphrase that he's been enjoying while on the talk show circuit to promote 'The Social Network.' As the film is about Facebook, Sorkin has an opinion about online socializing, and he brought that opinion to 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM on COM).

"I do think that socializing on the Internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality," he said to an odd reaction from the crowd.

"Well we're not going to get any deeper than that," Colbert said, but Sorkin wasn't sure if the audience "had heard something profound, or they were offended by that." Maybe they caught Sorkin on 'The View' just one day prior where he laid the same "profound" bombshell on that audience word for word, and who knows where else he's said it. It stops being profound and meaningful when you start printing the t-shirts, Mr. Sorkin.

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Aaron Sorkin: Facebook Is "Pushing Us Farther Apart" (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2010 1:27PM
Aaron Sorkin, 'The View'No one can dispute the size and power of the Facebook movement online. What is in dispute, perhaps, is its impact on us. While most people would agree that its intention was to allow us to be even more connected with our friends, some would disagree.

While talking about 'The Social Network,' his movie about Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, on 'The View' (Weekdays, Syndicated on ABC), Barbara Walters asked Aaron Sorkin what he thinks "Facebook has done to people's lives."

While he thinks Zuckerberg had the best intentions when creating the application; to bring people closer together; Sorkin believes it has done the exact opposite. "I think that socializing on the Internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality," he argued.

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Gone Too Soon: Sports Night

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 14th 2009 7:04PM
Sports Night
A lot of times, when a show that we love gets canceled way too early in its run, we like to trot out the mantra: "It was before its time." But looking at a television landscape with The Office, 30 Rock and Parks & Recreation (and that's just one night on one network), I really do think Sports Night may have been too innovative for its own good.

Creator Aaron Sorkin even wanted the sitcom to air without a laugh track, but ABC balked and there is one evident in the first season. It was dropped by the second season, but unfortunately the show was dropped as well after only 45 episodes.

Character relations were front and center, and the humor was much more subtle and dry. In 1998, comedies were still dominating the television landscape, led by traditionally formatted shows like Frasier, Friends, The Drew Carey Show and ABC's TGIF lineup. Maybe the very non-traditional Sports Night should have been an hour long, and acted more like FOX's Ally McBeal.

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All Bob wants for Festivus

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 9th 2009 4:02PM
SeinfeldIt's the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you "be of good cheer" and hearts glowing and parties for hosting and everything else that Andy Williams sings about. Oh, and everyone celebrating the season with big metal poles and the airing of grievances towards their family.

Here's my wish list for what I want to see this year. Happy Festivus everyone!

  • Lost to end on a good note. I don't ask for the entire series to make sense or even for every single question to be answered, but I do want the ending to be satisfying. The final season does scare me, though, if rumors (spoiler spoiler spoiler!) that the bomb reset everything and all of the dead characters are alive again are true. That could be too "Bobby Ewing in the shower," you know? We'll see. I have high hopes.

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Amanda Peet to Guest on 'How I Met Your Mother'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Nov 24th 2009 2:15PM
Mother Watch 2009 continues: the CBS Twitter feed confirmed that '2012' actress Amanda Peet is scheduled to appear on an upcoming episode of 'How I Met Your Mother.' The L.A. Times reports that Peet's episode will air in January, but her role hasn't been revealed yet.

As previously reported, Rachel Bilson is also slated for a guest spot on a January episode, but before that, Joanna Garcia will appear on the December 7 episode as a former college buddy of Ted's. Peet isn't necessarily known for her comedic roles – or appearing much on television for that matter, but has recently done both as a guest spot on Comedy Central's 'Important Things With Demetri Martin.' Her last major television stint was in 2006, she played Jordan McDeere on the short lived Aaron Sorkin drama, 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.'

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Aaron Sorkin Doing Another Show About a Show - Will He Succeed This Time?

by Liane Bonin, posted Nov 18th 2009 10:24PM
Any of you who were slavishly devoted to 'Sports Night' -- the late, great dramedy that exposed the comic timing and acting chops of stars like Felicity Huffman and Peter Krause early in their careers -- good news! Series creator Aaron Sorkin (who also produced a little somethin-somethin called 'The West Wing') tells TV Guide he's coming back to TV with a series that promises to tread the same juicy, fast-paced behind-the-scenes turf as 'Sports Night.'

The catch? That's also the same turf he covered on another series, 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,' which, while also late, is not particularly lamented by anybody.

'It's going to be what turns out to be the third in the trilogy of TV shows that take place behind the scenes of a TV show, but this will be a different kind of TV show,' Sorkin told the site. "That's all I can let out of the bag right now."

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Aaron Sorkin returning to television

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 18th 2009 4:29PM
Aaron SorkinIn last week's TV Squad Podcast, I mentioned how I liked Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It was a show with a ton of flaws, but it was also well-written and had a ton of potential. After it ended, Sorkin fans (even the ones who didn't like the show) were wondering "what will he do on TV next?" Well, we might have our answer.

Over at TV Guide magazine, Sorkin says that his next show will once again (like Studio 60 and Sports Night) be set in the world of television, a behind-the-scenes look at...something. He doesn't say what the show will be, but when Studio 60 ended there was talk that he would do a show set at a fictional cable news channel. Considering that all of Sorkin's shows have had some sort of news and/or political side, this seems like a natural. He'll be able to talk about all of the things he wants to talk about in a setting like that.

Sorkin says that he will start working on the show when filming of The Social Network, the big screen movie about the start of Facebook, is over. I can't wait.

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