Five Possible Settings For Aaron Sorkin's Secret New TV Show About a TV Show
Now that Aaron Sorkin's finished dramatizing the dorm-room intrigue that brought the gift of virtual sheep-tossing into our lives with the Facebook movie, he's ready to return to his first love: TV shows set behind the scenes of fictional TV shows. The mind responsible for the criminally underrated Sports Night and the bizarrely humor-free sketch-comedy series Studio 60 has told TV Guide that he's hard at work on what he describes as "the third in the trilogy" of his show-behind-the-show shows, but refused to say exactly what kind of show he'd be show-behind-the-showing. As is our custom, Movieline now examines the five most likely settings for Sorkin's top-secret new project.
1. Behind The Scenes Of A Daily Show-Style Show
Aaron Sorkin Repertory Players Involved: Bradley Whitford, Josh Malina, Josh Charles, Allison Janney, Nate Corddry
Is it even possible that Sorkin could be plotting a concept so deliciously on-the-nose? Should the unabashedly liberal showrunner decide to wade waste-deep into Jon Stewart's world, he could fictionalize how a satirical, left-leaning news program deals with covering a Democratic administration (so far) devoid of the intellectually incurious figureheads, shadowy, lock-jawed puppet-masters, and unrepentant war criminals who made for eight years' worth of such inspired, frustrated comedy. And if this is the project he's working on and doesn't talk longtime collaborator Bradley Whitford into playing the host role, we're going to put Sorkin on an ice floe with Sarah Palin and set them afloat in the Bering Strait, where he'll spend the rest of his days having maddeningly one-sided policy debates with the delightful former governor.
But if this is too obvious an idea, there's also an equally obvious flip-side:
2. Behind The Scenes Of A Borderline Insane Fox News Pundit Show
Aaron Sorkin Repertory Players Involved: Bradley Whitford, Sarah Paulson, Steven Weber, Richard Schiff, Janel Maloney
Indeed, Stephen Colbert's planted a comically oversized American flag bearing his own smiling image into the Bill O'Reilly/Glenn Beck territory, but Sorkin could give the fertile material one-hour dramedy treatment, blasting away with glee at easily baited fish thrashing around in a Fox News-branded barrel. Too easy? Perhaps. But we'd probably tune in to watch as Whitford (yeah, he's gonna need Whitford again) prepares for one of his character's signature tear-soaked rants by having producer Sarah Paulson work his nipples with a cheese grater just before the show goes live.