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  Aaron Sorkin's Crack About Television
Sorkin, you'll recall, was allowed to enter a drug-treatment program in lieu of serving time after his arrest in 2001 at the Burbank airport for possession of cocaine and hallucinogenic mushrooms -- aka Hollywood snacks.
Sorkin jumped in and confirmed that Peet's character had sprung from Jamie Tarses, "of whom I'm a big fan" because when she was ABC programming chief she put on his "Sports Night." Tarses is a paid consultant on the series, Sorkin added.
Sorkin was notoriously taken off his biggest TV hit, NBC's "West Wing," after its fourth season; lateness of scripts, almost all of which he wrote, was cited as the cause in news reports.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/21/AR2006072101741_pf.html   (900 words)

  Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin (born on June 9, 1961 in New York City) is an American screenwriter and producer now working in film and television.
Sorkin is arguably best known for his high brow TV drama, the West Wing—a series originally conceived from leftover dialogue written for the American President, a 1995 feature starring Michael Douglas as the President of United States.
Sorkin was arrested on April 15, 2001 after guards at a security checkpoint at the Burbank Airport found magic mushrooms, marijuana and crack in his carry-on bag.
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 Aaron Sorkin Works His Way Through the Crisis
Sorkin became convinced that his show's subtle connection to reality had been severed and that unless he could find a way to let viewers know that his characters had suffered the same trauma as everyone else, the show would forever clink hollow.
Sorkin says that the most humiliating aspect of his arrest was that it reinforced the exact sense of himself he has been trying to write away for 15 years.
Sorkin doesn't criticize his parents, at least not in my company, but it is obvious that those misdemeanors were, at the time they were committed, held up as evidence of much deeper failings.
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 Aaron Sorkin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Sorkin is arguably best known for his highbrow TV drama, The West Wing, a series originally conceived from leftover dialogue written for the American President, a 1995 feature starring Michael Douglas as the President of the United States.
Sorkin also created and wrote many of the episodes of the TV comedy-drama Sports Night, which ran from 1998-2000.
Sorkin is unique among television producers for writing every episode of his shows.
www.icyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/a/aa/aaron_sorkin.html   (400 words)

 Aaron Sorkin - Famous Friends of Cannabis - Hemp Heroes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
August, 2001- LOS ANGELES (AP) - Aaron Sorkin, creator of "The West Wing" TV series, said he used cocaine and smoked marijuana before his April drug arrest despite assertions by friends that it represented a one-time lapse."It wasn't the first time, but it wasn't the fifth time, either," Sorkin says in Talk magazine's September issue.
Sorkin, 39, said he and his wife, Julia, already had made a decision to separate before his recent woes.
Sorkin, who had been treated for a cocaine habit in 1995, was arrested April 15 at Burbank Airport after marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and rock cocaine were found in his bag.
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 CNN.com - Drug charges against Sorkin upgraded to felonies - May 1, 2001
Sorkin will be arraigned Wednesday on a felony count for possession of "illicit mushrooms," a felony count for possession of cocaine base and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.
Sorkin was arrested April 15 at a security checkpoint in the Burbank Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Las Vegas.
Sorkin originally was arrested for only the mushrooms, but tests on other substances from the bag determined he also was carrying rock cocaine and marijuana, the Los Angeles district attorney's office said.
archives.cnn.com /2001/LAW/05/01/sorkin.felony   (326 words)

 Online NewsHour: The West Wing -- Aaron Sorkin
AARON SORKIN: There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that's really what I wanted to do.
AARON SORKIN: It raises a question, and it also raises a problem, which is that, as I said, my first, if not only, obligation is to entertain.
AARON SORKIN: No. The premiere, interestingly, as I said, it's a two-parter that I had written assuming that it was going to be aired over two weeks, and it's now going to be aired back-to-back.
www.pbs.org /newshour/media/west_wing/sorkin.html   (2197 words)

 Amazon.com: Considering Aaron Sorkin: Essays on the Politics, Poetics and Sleight of Hand in the Films and Television ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Aaron Sorkin is one of the most notable voices in Hollywood, attracting millions of weekly viewers with his television series The West Wing and scoring box office success with films like A Few Good Men and The American President.
Aaron Sorkins skill as a writer garners him accolades, even from his critics: complex, nuanced, sometimes subtle but often forceful, Sorkins work is best understood when viewed from a variety of perspectives.
Aaron Sorkin's works are perceptive and realistic in pace and tone and substance, but the contributors to this book have found very little positive and a great deal of perceived subtext to examine.
www.amazon.com /Considering-Aaron-Sorkin-Politics-Poetics/dp/0786421207   (1574 words)

 Aaron Sorkin is a man of many words   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Perhaps the neon example of Sorkin's penchant for winging it is the first meeting he had with Wells, a lunch arranged by his agent even before "Sports Night" had debuted to critical acclaim.
Sorkin, born in Manhattan and raised in the suburbs, has been attracted to writing since childhood.
The result, happily for Sorkin's fans, annoyingly for his detractors, is some windy preaching that seems to wag its finger at the viewer the way a parent might.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /tv/sork07.shtml   (2222 words)

 Who is Aaron Sorkin?
Aaron Sorkin is an acclaimed playwright and scriptwriter known for his use of dense, literate dialogue and lightning-fast banter between characters.
Aaron Sorkin's own political leanings were liberal, but his script managed to maintain a balanced look at both sides of the aisle.
Aaron Sorkin's career was threatened in 2001, however, after he was detained at an airport for possession of marijuana, rock cocaine and hallucinogenic mushrooms.
www.wisegeek.com /who-is-aaron-sorkin.htm   (602 words)

 Aaron Sorkin - The TV IV
Aaron Sorkin (born June 9, 1961 in New York, New York) is a TV writer/producer, a film writer and a playwright.
Sorkin has completed a screenplay based on the story of Philo Farnsworth (entitled The Farnsworth Invention), to be directed by Schlamme, and was reported to be signed on to adapt George Crile's Charlie Wilson's War for Tom Hanks' production company.
Sorkin is currently working again for NBC on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which stars Matthew Perry, who was nominated for an Emmy for his guest appearance on The West Wing.
tviv.org /Aaron_Sorkin   (714 words)

 Aaron Sorkin makes dazzling comeback calling on 'West Wing'-like sophistication
While it's true that Sorkin was busted with a number of illegal drugs as he tried to pass through Burbank airport, his real woes began when he essentially wrote every "West Wing" episode and couldn't delegate.
And yet what Sorkin has given NBC is a series that unflinchingly looks at how the sausage gets made not only on a weekly television series, but how corporate bosses -- many of them with no working knowledge of the artistic side of the industry -- are put in charge of entertaining the country.
Though there's some merit in accusing Sorkin of a propensity to lecture, to write grandiose, overly dramatic speeches that are either heart-rending or fiery and political, that has always been a dubious accusation when you consider that, hell, he does it like nobody else.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/09/18/DDG2VL68U51.DTL&type=tvradio   (1225 words)

 directopedia : Directory : Arts : People : S : Sorkin, Aaron
Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born on June 9, 1961 in New York City) is an American screenwriter and producer, working in both film and television.
Sorkin is unusual in that, unlike most television producers, he writes nearly every episode of his shows.
Sorkin was arrested on April 15, 2001 after guards at a security checkpoint at the Burbank Airport found hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana and cocaine in his carry-on bag.
www.directopedia.org /directory/Arts-People/S-Sorkin_Aaron.shtml   (885 words)

 TIME.com: Tuned In - TV Blog Archives - Aaron Sorkin: The Shyamalan of TV   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Sorkin, in real life, is a brilliant, politically minded writer; he is a notorious workaholic who essentially wrote The West Wing single-handedly; he was forced off The West Wing after four years; now, NBC, in fourth place, has bet on his heavily promoted show to save it; and, well...
And then there's the funny: Sorkin is not a late-night comedy writer, nor should he have to be, but if he's going to put the show's sketches front-and-center--and, more important, if his show depends on you believing his heroes are talented--then he kind of has to, um, make you laugh.
Even though Sorkin ended episode 3 with a musical montage of Albie and his crew, flushed with their ratings success, Albie turns to Tripp and tells him that they shouldn't get too comfortable: as writers, he says, they should know that a story like this has only one place to go, and that's down.
time.blogs.com /tuned_in/2006/10/aaron_sorkin_tv.html   (1195 words)

 West Wing Unauthorized
Aaron Sorkin was given credit for my work in spite of the blatant absence of any evidence of prior authorship on his part, and in spite of his admission that he lied during period of the WGA arbitration proceedings.
Aaron Sorkin, the current writer, has gotten the Writer’s Guild to award him sole screenplay credit, not because he so substantially reworked earlier versions of The President Elopes, but because he claims that An American President is an original script of his.
Sorkin’s attorney, Richard Heller, told a guild pre-arbitration hearing that Sorkin was hired to write an original script and that Castle Rock had acquired "The President Elopes" from Universal to avoid having two similarly themed projects in the marketplace.
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 Aaron Sorkin quickly rues ‘crack’ TV metaphor - TELEVISION - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
From left rear are actor Nathan Corddry, writer and executive producer Aaron Sorkin, director and executive producer Thomas Schlamme, and actor Timothy Busfield.
In 2001, Sorkin was arrested at a Southern California airport and charged with possession of cocaine, mushrooms and marijuana.
Sorkin denied that the hype surrounding the series was an exceptional burden.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/13975562   (743 words)

 Extratv.com : Aaron Sorkin
Using leftover material from "The American President" and bumping Martin Sheen from Chief of Staff into the big chair, Sorkin created "The West Wing." He says it was a show NBC was nervous to green light.
Sorkin churns out every one of the hit shows' 22 scripts a season.
Sorkin was shaken by an arrest for drug possession last year.
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 Aaron Sorkin News
For someone as rabid a supporter of Aaron Sorkin as yours truly I consider Sports Night one of my favorite shows to own on DVD, wish I were at some point put into a position where I'd be able to deliver...
The writing is apparently on the wall for Aaron Sorkin's SNL homage, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which has been...
A few months ago, Aaron Sorkin was asked whether Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, his hyped new drama about the backstage happenings at a late-night sketch show, would be too inside baseball for, you know,...
www.topix.net /who/aaron-sorkin   (724 words)

 Aaron Sorkin Photos - Aaron Sorkin News - Aaron Sorkin Information
In 1995, Sorkin checked in at the Hazelden Institute, a rehab facility in Minnesota, for his freebase cocaine addiction.
In 2000, Aaron received a Peabody Award for his producing of the first season of The West Wing.
Aaron says he used the leftover pages from The American President script he could not use as the beginning of his script for The West Wing.
www.tv.com /aaron-sorkin/person/3265/summary.html   (243 words)

 The New Yorker : talk : content   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The first point Sorkin raised, speaking last week from his quarters at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles, where he was writing another episode of the show, is that something has gone awry in the media's representation of the President.
Among these hagiographies, Sorkin said, was NBC's look at a day in the life of the Presidency, "The Bush White House: Inside the Real West Wing," which aired as the lead-in to a "West Wing" repeat a few weeks ago.
Sorkin acknowledged, however, that even after a "very successful State of the Union speech, President Bartlet's approval rating is hovering around sixty per cent." Meanwhile, of course, President Bush's approval rating has been in the low eighties.
www.newyorker.com /talk/content/?020304ta_talk_friend   (601 words)

 Aaron Sorkin - The Huffington Post
Sorkin Teams Up With Spielberg: Movie deity Steven Spielberg has tapped Aaron Sorkin to write three screenplays, the first being The Trial of the Chicago 7 about the trial of the protesters at the 1968 DNC.
DreamWorks has signed writer Aaron Sorkin to a three-movie deal, the first of which will be "The Trial of the Chicago 7," a fact-based drama that Steven Spielberg hopes...
Sorkin, best known for creating and producing TV drama 'The West Wing', is to write a screenplay on the trial of the Chicago Seven.
www.huffingtonpost.com /topics/Aaron+Sorkin   (1094 words)

 ESR | September 25, 2006 | The righteous hypocrite: Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin, the creator/writer/producer of West Wing, is back at us again with Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Aaron Sorkin, with his new Studio 60 series, is determined to follow the advice of Paul Haggis, Academy Award winning author of Million Dollar Baby.
With Aaron Sorkin upping the pitch, taking stylistic orders from higher, more "international" regions than NBC, we will see how docile that network remains before the increasingly imperial demands of a Progressive Liberalism, one that seems to be taking off the "nice guy" mask, and donning the highly effective rage of Brechtian "alienation."
www.enterstageright.com /archive/articles/0906/0906studio60.htm   (1465 words)

 Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin was very involved in drama and theatre at his high school, and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Theater.
Sorkin spent a year and a half writing his third play, A Few Good Men, a courtroom melodrama with a military setting.
He was never in the military and never studied law, but Sorkin was inspired by accounts of a Guantanamo Marine accused of murdering a fellow Marine.
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 McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Aaron Sorkin Visits a Dental Hygienist.
AARON SORKIN: Of course you're not familiar with Les Six.
AARON SORKIN: You would think it would be the "ankh" sound, as in the ankh, the Egyptian symbol of life.
AARON SORKIN: Oh, then, at the end, you say something like, "In the United States today, 30 percent of the people can't do so-and-so and here we are bantering about Poulenc." And then we both look sad.
www.mcsweeneys.net /2006/11/2pendarvis.html   (3423 words)

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