With his new HBO series, “The Newsroom,” Aaron Sorkin is looking to get back into the Emmy game he used to dominate as writer and executive producer of “The West Wing.” But based on the predictions of our experts, editors, and users, along with mixed reviews from critics, his prospects don’t look too bright. The show is currently in ninth place among contenders for Best Drama Series with a mere three users predicting it to win.
However, the show does appear to have a better chance in the acting races. Jeff Daniels is in fifth place for Drama Actor with odds of 12/1, Sam Waterston ranks fourth in the Drama Supporting Actor category with 10/1 odds, and in the Drama Guest Actress race Jane Fonda is in second place with 10/3 odds. Nods for writing and directing could be in the cards for the show as well.
From 2000 through 2003, Sorkin won six Emmys for his work on “The West Wing,” including a record-tying four consecutive trophies for Best Drama Series, a Drama Writing award in 2000, and a Special Class award for “The West Wing Documentary Special” in 2002.
Since then he has been more focused on screenwriting. He penned “Charlie Wilson’s War” in 2007. Three years later he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Social Network.” And the year after that was nominated for another Oscar in the same category for co-writing “Moneyball.”
He launched one other TV show since “The West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” which scored five Emmy nods in 2007 (and won guest actor John Goodman his first career Emmy), but it also received mixed reviews from critics, and only lasted one season.