It’s safe to say that Aaron Sorkin recovered from Sports Night ending prematurely after two seasons in 2000. His next creation, The West Wing, was already on the air and would make his career. Sorkin has devoted fans unlike most television writers because of his distinctively engaging dialog, and that has led many to revisit Sports Night, a well-written show with a talented cast that was lauded by critics, but didn’t find enough of an audience to stay on the air. Entertainment Weekly revisits the show.
‘Sports Night’: An oral history, starring Aaron Sorkin and his cast
Before West Wing the TV industry’s conventional thinking was that political dramas didn’t work. 26 Emmy’s later that adage was long forgotten. Aaron Sorkin’s smart dialogue, Martin Sheen’s President Josiah Bartlet, and a top-quality supporting cast including Allison Janney and Rob Lowe, all combined to create a riveting (if idealized) portrait of a White House team working tirelessly to keep the ball moving forward. Empire provides a beautiful five-part retrospective full of images, sidebars, and video clips.
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