Aaron Sorkin Puffs Up Aaron Sorkin

…but it’s okay because he’s teaching us something, see?

How to Write an Aaron Sorkin Script, by Aaron Sorkin

by AARON SORKIN

A song in a musical works best when a character has to sing— when words won’t do the trick anymore. The same idea applies to a long speech in a play or a movie or on television. You want to force the character out of a conversational pattern. In the pilot of The Newsroom, a new series for HBO, TV news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) emotionally checked out years ago, and now he’s sitting on a college panel, hearing the same shouting match between right and left he’s been hearing forever, and the arguments have become noise. A student asks what makes America the world’s greatest country, and Will dodges the question with glib answers. But the moderator keeps needling him until…snap.

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Quick, Man, Get Out While The Getting’s Good!

‘Fringe’ Co-Showrunner Jeff Pinkner Departs Before Final Season

By Tim Kenneally

“Fringe” is heading into its fifth and final season, but it’s doing so without the man who helped guide the series.

Jeff Pinkner, who’s served as co-showrunner on the series since 2008, has left the show to pursue other projects ahead of its 13-episode final season. read article

Anyone See Katy Perry on THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW?

Katy

We here at TVWriter™ have never experienced the likes of Ms. Perry on a chat show before. Always wondered about her success, and now we know.

Because now we’ve been treated to a glimpse of the humongous, in-your-face, out-there, totally overwhelming – wait for it – AMBITION that’s made her a star. Girlfriend makes Madonna look chill. She’ll cut ya, for sure.

Not Katy – Zooey

OTOH, The Perryblossom does show how lucky we are that Zooey Deschanel is nowhere near as perky as her frantic fans have described her. Because then Zooey would’ve been the manatee mugging/shoving/interrupting on the Nortmeister’s couch instead. read article

Why Charlie Sheen Rocks

We know we’re late to this party, but interweb genius must be honored. We regard not only Charlie but also BuzzFeed’s Matt Stopera with genuine awe.

Charlie Sheen Quotes As New Yorker Cartoons

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COMMUNITY Scores; Creator not Invited to the Joy

Community Critics Choice TV Awards

Dan Harmon & Steve Levitan React To ‘Community’s Critics Choice Win

By NELLIE ANDREEVA

Community creator and recently ousted showrunner Dan Harmon took to Twitter to react to the show’s surprise best comedy series win at last night Critics Choice TV Awards and indicated that he was not invited to the ceremony. “Congrats,Community, and thank you, critics,” he wrote. “Sorry I was unable to have been invited!” Harmon was acknowledged onstage by Community star Joel McHale, who accepted the series’ first major award. “I want to thank Dan Harmon, who created the greatest show on television,” McHale said. read article