A little over a decade ago, NBC’s fall television line-up included a new drama called “The West Wing.”
I can’t remember now what initially drew me to the series. Was it Rob Lowe in the cast? Washington D.C. as the setting? All the characters talking about the then mysterious “POTUS”? Or did the promos say ‘brought to you by the creator of The American President?’
Any of those would have worked on me.
But after witnessing the series premiere’s first scene alone — that now famous ‘walk and talk’ through the corridors of the White House — I was hooked. My friends will tell you, I became a huge unpaid front man for the show, constantly trying to get more people on board to watch.
So, no one was prouder than me when “The West Wing” won a record 9 Emmy awards in its first year, including Best Drama. I even hung a banner on my cubicle at Hallmark Cards. (I believe it said, “I told you so.”)
By that time, I knew one of the big reasons I kept watching: writer/creator Aaron Sorkin. He has scribed so many movies and TV shows that I love. A Few Good Men. Malice. The American President. “Sports Night.” Even “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” (Hey, someone had to like it.)
Sorkin’s writing is intelligent and real, always rapid-fire and often preachy when he feels the need to soapbox (which is quite often). I think he was the perfect choice to write “The Social Network,” the movie about the birth of Facebook, which opens today.
I haven’t seen it yet, but the trailers look amazing….and early reviews are glowing. And based on his record, I’ll bet I give Mr. Sorkin a really big “like” for his latest effort.