As more and more Aaron Sorkin parody sketches have been made, we’ve come to expect less and less of them. So how does Seth Meyers go about poking fun at The West Wing creator? By making the sketch about making a Sorkin parody.
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Since Frank Underwood became president on Netflix’s House of Cards, I’ve had this geek fantasy of him debating Josiah Bartlet, Martin Sheen’s idealistic and professorial president from The West Wing. Bartlet’s Washington, D.C., was the proverbial shining city on a hill, a place where intelligent, well-intentioned people gravitated to do the peoples’ business. Underwood’s capital is the nasty underbelly of a trough coated by man’s craven pursuit of power for power’s sake. It’s practically Kennedy’s Camelot versus Nixononian realpolitik. To paraphrase Anthony Hopkins’ Nixon in Oliver Stone’s 1995 movie, “When [people] look at The West Wing, they see what they want to be. When they look at House of Cards, they see what they are.”
The West Wing was a political world worth aspiring to, and eight years after the show went off the air, many young politicos — more liberal than conservative, of course — reference Aaron Sorkin’s show as an early influence that pointed them towards D.C. The Hollywood Reporter recently published an oral history, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the show’s premiere, with Sorkin, showrunner Tommy Schlamme, and many from the cast and crew contributing. It’s a fun, nostalgic read, one that digs into several what-ifs and reinforces my belief that Bartlet would debate “There’s No ‘U’ and ‘I’ in Education” Underwood under the table.
1. Martin Sheen was practically an accidental president
The show first offered the nation’s top job to Sidney Poitier, and Jason Robards was high on everyone’s list, but the 77-year-old was not in good health and would die in 2000. Hal Holbrook and John Cullum (ER) also read for the part. But Sheen, who’d worked with Sorkin on The American President, was a natural who made the showrunners reconsider the size of the role of their president. READ FULL STORY
Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom': 'I feel like I'm just now starting to learn how to write it' -- LISTEN
Everyone, can I have your attention please? Aaron Sorkin has something he’d like to say about The Newsroom. And get this: It’s an apology!
According to Buzzfeed, Sorkin took a little time at a Tribeca Film Festival event Monday to say a few sheepish words about The Newsroom. It went a little something like this:
Head’s-up: It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, and if you feel like getting a little teary with your celebrity news, Time magazine has got your back. The site, with a partnership from Lean In, got a bunch of famous Dads to write open letters to their daughters. The results are sad, happy, sweet, funny and — if you’re their daughters — probably just a little “Oh my Goddd, Daddd! You’re embarrassing me!“
Check out some of our favorite passages below, and you can read all the letters –– including some from politicos such as Michael Bloomberg and Marco Rubio – over on Time’s site.
From Aaron Sorkin: “You were born a week early and in the middle of the night. It was late on a Friday and mom was at a fashion show at the Pacific Design Center while I was on the set of The West Wing, a show you might watch one day with your friends and think, ‘Now I understand why I have to use ten words when one would do the trick.’” READ FULL STORY
Don’t let those eggheads at NASA try to fool you: The world will end on 12/21/12, just as the Mayans predicted centuries ago. (An actual excerpt from their prophetic tablet: “That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane — Lenny Bruce is not afraid.” Such an advanced culture!)
How do I know the end is near? Because the signs of an imminent apocalypse have been coming all year — signs like these:
Is Aaron Sorkin capable of completing a sentence using 140 characters or fewer? Has he perfected the art of walking and tweeting at the same time? Find out by following the TV vet’s brand new Twitter account, which EW can confirm is the real deal. (He joined the site last Friday; blame Sandy for us not reporting this important news sooner.)
While watching Barack Obama’s halting, pause-filled performance in last Wednesday’s debate, liberals across the country found themselves wishing that the president had been prepped by someone more focused, someone more aggressive, someone like, say, snappy dialogue writer extraordinaire Aaron Sorkin. Unfortunately for them, there’s no way to grant this wish short of stealing Professor Frink’s time machine. But at least those folks can take solace in Sunday’s New York Times, which contains the next best thing to a Sorkin-penned debate: a Sorkin-penned dialogue between President Obama and imaginary ex-president Josiah “Jed” Bartlet, last seen thinking about “tomorrow” on The West Wing‘s series finale.
Sorkin pal Maureen Dowd invited her famous friend to imagine a post-debate conversation between the real commander-in-chief and the one Sorkin made up. Sorkin obliged, just like he did in 2008 when Dowd first asked him to write Obama/Bartlet fan fiction. The final product features vintage Sorkinese, cigarettes, a barrage of statistics, and cameos from Jim Lehrer and The Newsroom‘s Will McAvoy. Here’s the real meat of the conversation:
Women and technology, am I right?
There is now a topless photo of doe-eyed Newsroom star Alison Pill floating around on the Internet. But the picture wasn’t uploaded by a vindictive ex or a phone hacker — Pill mistakenly tweeted the photo herself this morning, inadvertently showing her goods to 13,790 followers (and, by extension, everyone everywhere). That’s taking MacKenzie McHale’s tech incompetence to a whole new level.
Pill soon realized her error and deleted the tweet, sending out an apology to boot: “Yep. That picture happened. Ugh. My tech issues have now reached new heights, apparently. How a deletion turned into a tweet… Apologies.”
At least she doesn’t have to worry about how fiance Jay Baruchel will react to the errant pic. READ FULL STORY
Whether you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Sorkinite or a scoffing hater, one thing’s for certain: You have a strong opinion about The Newsroom. It’s impossible to let this series play in the background as you fill in a crossword puzzle or cook dinner; The Newsroom demands attention and engagement, even if that engagement comes in the form of snarky tweets or incredulous blog posts.
And regardless of how you feel about Aaron Sorkin’s creation, you have to admit that its ability to provoke a reaction is impressive. That’s why even haters couldn’t help feeling pleased when they — okay, fine, we — saw that The Newsroom will return for a second season. Sorkin clearly has a complicated relationship with both his viewers and his critics, and it’ll be fascinating to see what effect, if any, their comments have on News Night 2.0 2.0. (News Night 4.0?)
Of course, none of these comments could have had any effect on The Newsroom‘s finale, which airs tonight at 10pm ET; the show’s first 10 episodes were in the can long before critics had a chance to sink their teeth in. Still, I can’t help but hope that the episode, ominously titled “The Greater Fool,” incorporates a few elements from my finale wish list. Here’s what I’d love to see:
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