Aaron Sorkin headed back to TV

He's got a new "behind the scenes" show idea…

While he's spent the time since Studio 60 was cancelled working on movies, Aaron Sorkin has been tooling away on a new idea for a TV series set behind the scenes of a show.

Yes, the writer behind David Fincher's The Social Network is following up Sports Night and Studio 60 with an untitled project he's keeping close to his chest.

"I'm going to be starting on a new TV series when filming is done on the upcoming movie The Social Network, he tells TV Guide.

"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. That's all I can let out of the bag right now.”

While we're big Sork fans, the whole "once bitten" (or in this case twice, since Sports Night, above, was brilliant but only lasted two seasons) theory comes up - can he make a TV-based show work like he did with The West Wing.

There has been speculation that he'll set this new project at a cable news show, which should allow him to indulge his speech-making, politics-prodding style much more comfortably than Studio's SNL-style setting.

Oh, and in equally exciting news, he wants to reunite some of his past cast members. “If you're a writer, when you're find an actor like Josh Malina, Felicity Huffman, Brad Whitford, Matthew Perry, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, all these great actors that I've worked with, you just want to stick them in your pocket and work with them forever, so I hope so.”

The campaign for a Sork-based mega-cast starts here!

[Source: TV Guide]

What do you want a new Sorkin show to be about? Should he really be tempting the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing?


    • T12AV15

      Nov 19th 2009, 20:20

      I think he should try and push for a second season of studio 60. Whilst i realise that its very unlikely it will happen i think the first season was brilliant. Matthew perry was fantastic and i just thought the overall show was great. It may of got slightly weird towards the end what with danny tripp adopting jordans baby but besides that and excellent show. I will keep an eye out for this new show he plans to make.

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    • Paulala

      Nov 22nd 2009, 8:54

      After the premature cancellation of Studio 60, lets all think to say we're watching the new show in real time, whether we're Tivo-ing it or not - at least until it gets renewed for a second season. I wish Aaron the best of luck with the new project. As far as the dream cast: all I can figure is everyone must have chosen to work for scale as a favor to him / or as a testament to the quality of the material - otherwise it's going to be grossly over budget, just like Studio 60. I remain hopeful - Go Team Sorkin!

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    • Hadouken76

      Nov 22nd 2009, 23:50

      much as i like studio 60, it was a bit stilted and preachy, characters would stand around and give lefty lectures instead of actually getting on with the job, i hope the next series has the flow and rhythm of The West Wing

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