- Lisa: I’m sure he’s nice, but I don’t think I’m in the mood for a fix-up.
- Don: Why not?
- Lisa: I don’t know, I’m just coming off a relationship.
- Don: ....Of 10 days. I’ve bought milk before your relationship started that was still good to drink after it ended.
- Lisa: I don’t think so.
- Don: No, it’s true. I can show you the milk.
I’ve always loved Anderson Cooper. He’s a class act in a business without a lot of class, as his competitors on other networks constantly remind us. With Brian Williams, he’s probably the last great American newsman. They’re a dying breed in a dying field, and it’s always nice to see them inject some journalism back into the news. (Even if, with Anderson’s new eponymous show, he’s clearly moved into entertainment.)
So bravo, Anderson Cooper. Bravo.
The Newsroom can be the series Sports Night always hoped it would be."
Why It’s Okay If ‘The Newsroom’ Is ‘Sports Night’ 2.0, by Kelsea Stahler (via fuckyeahthenewsroom)
Annual series rewatch of Sports Night starts…. now.
Also, re: the comment about not taking Sports Night to pay-cable, it should be noted that he was writing season two of SN and season one of The West Wing simultaneously, which is all sorts of crazy and all sorts of genius:
“When I create a TV show, it’s so that I can write it,” he said. “I’m not an empire builder; my writing staff is usually a combination of two kinds of people—experts in the world the show is set in, and young writers who will not be unhappy if they’re not writing scripts. A lot of members of the Writers Guild are not happy that I write all the episodes. But writing is something that I do by myself.” When Sports Night and The West Wing were on the air simultaneously, Sorkin would write the half-hour comedy Friday through Sunday, and then concentrate on the hour-long drama Monday through Thursday. “Being up against the wall seems to work for me,” he said.
Anyone who watched til the end of Studio 60 knows full well how appealingly pessimistic Sorkin can be.