"This fall, the long-running NBS sketch show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
is set to enter its 29th season, and no one has been a larger part of the program's success than its head writer and executive producer Matt Albie, who has been a major creative force behind the show since he was first hired in 1997.
I was fortunate to be granted a rare interview with Albie
, who contacted me via his Twitter account
to set things up during his summer break from S60."
"Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character. You're too good for schadenfreude, you're too good for gossip and snark, you're too good for intolerance—and since you're walking into the middle of a presidential election, it's worth mentioning that you're too good to think people who disagree with you are your enemy.... Don't ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world. It's the only thing that ever has."
On May 13th, Aaron Sorkin gave the commencement address to the graduating class at Syracuse University
, a speech that has been mildly criticized
for recycling some lines from his shows West Wing
and Sports Night
"It’s been nearly 6 years since the series finale of The West Wing, and more than 12 since the one-hour drama, which [Aaron] Sorkin created and largely wrote, first walked and talked its way through NBC’s Wednesday-night lineup; and yet you might think the series never ended, given the currency it still seems to enjoy in Washington, the frequency with which it comes up in D.C. conversations and is quoted or referenced on political blogs. In part this is because the smart, nerdy—they might prefer “precocious”—kids who grew up in the early part of the last decade worshipping the cool, technocratic charm of Sorkin’s characters have today matured into the young policy prodigies and press operatives who advise, brief, and excuse the behavior of the most powerful people in the country.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
, and Aaron Sorkin
will be leaving television production for a while. His current project is Charlie Wilson's War
, a movie starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman, based on the late George Crile's excellent
of the same name. The movie
"party animal" Congressman Charles "Good Time Charlie" Wilson's
(D, TX) rise from a scandal (he was caught in "a hot tub tryst with two cocaine-sniffing showgirls in Las Vegas"
,) to his role in the 1980's covertly funding Afghanistan guerrillas so they could expand their war with the Soviet Union
. Wilson's actions would eventually help collapse the Afghan PDPA government
, a power vacuum which would be filled by the Taliban. Who would have thought ending the Cold War
would be so easy?
Save Studio 60!
They did it with Arrested Development and they did it with Firefly. They did it with Freaks and Geeks and they did it with Sports Night. They're working to preemptively stop them from doing it again to Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
West Wing Drug Bust
Producer of West Wing busted with drugs...perhaps he was not digesting.