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New Aaron Sorkin HBO show to look at cable news; sounds very Aaron Sorkin-y

My interest was piqued when I read that writer Aaron Sorkin would be doing a new show for HBO.

Sorkin spoke with the BBC. He says his new show will offer a behind-the-scenes look at cable news. It seems a natural for Sorkin, as his "The West Wing" took a behind-the-scenes look at politics, his "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" took a behind-the-scenes look at a late night comedy show, and his "Sports Night" took a behind-the-scenes look at a cable sports news show. This show sounds like what would happen if "Sports Night" and "The West Wing" mated.

As a friend of mine put it, "Sorkin is such an oddball. I mean, I think he's the best writer in Hollywood. But his muse is bureaucratic process. That's the dramatic context he returns to over and over."

Sorkin says he wants to make cable news and journalism sexy, which he says is held in contempt here in the United States. He's spent time at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC as a fly on the wall as he prepares for this new show; he's already written the pilot and is in the midst of casting it.

Sorkin's been back in the cultural zeitgeist recently after writing critically acclaimed Facebook movie "The Social Network" (which took a behind-the-scenes look at the founding of Facebook). He also announced that he's writing a feature film based on the book "The Politician," taking a behind-the-scenes look (do we see a pattern here?) at the John Edwards campaign and his scandalous downfall. "The Politician" was written by Edwards aide/confidante Andrew Young, who publicly took the fall initially as being the father of Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter's child before Edwards eventually admitted his own paternity. Sorkin will also direct the film.

Sorkin also says he's been contacted by Edwards, who Sorkin expects wants to get his side of the story in the film. Sorkin acknowledged that Young had an axe to grind against Edwards, so it looks like Sorkin wants to offer a more balanced take in his film.

What do you think about these new Aaron Sorkin projects? What else would you like to see Aaron Sorkin look behind the scenes at?

(via @cskilpatrick and Bleeding Cool)

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