Aaron Sorkin, the frontrunner to win the Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “The Social Network,” has inked a deal with HBO to script a drama about the world of cable news. He is reuniting with “Network” producer Scott Rudin for this prestige project which will be his first for a non-broadcast outlet. As per the Deadline report, Sorkin spent time on the set of various news shows absorbing the atmosphere.
After writing hits for theater (“A Few Good Men”) and film (“The American President”), Sorkin turned to television. His first effort was the critically-acclaimed comedy “Sports Night,” which took a wry look at the world of cable sports shows. The writer/producer picked up his first Emmy bid in 1999 for scripting a first-season episode of that short-lived ABC series.
His next TV show was the much-praised political drama “The West Wing” which won him four consecutive Emmys as a producer (2000 – 2003) and another for writing an episode in the first season of that NBC hit. His follow-up series, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” was a one-season disappointment for the peacock net in 2006 but did give John Goodman a showy guest role that finally won him an Emmy after nine unsuccessful bids.