Aaron Sorkin: After ‘The Newsroom’ I’m Done With TV

Aaron Sorkin is still remembered for his greatest TV triumph, The West Wing, but the writer/producer says that he’s ready to pack it in when it comes to the small screen.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin — who also wrote the screenplays for The Social Network and the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic — says he’s ready to say so long to the medium that made him a Hollywood heavyweight.

“I know the whole “Never say never’ stuff,”; said Sorkin back in May as he was preparing to pen the final three episodes of his HBO drama The Newsroom, which earned decidedly mixed reviews and is about to launch its swan song season tonight. “But I’m pretty certain I’m about to write my last three episodes of television.”;

In a recent chat with THR, he said he still feels the same way. “Yeah,”; he said. “I’ve loved every minute I’ve spent in television. And I’ve had much more failure, as traditionally measured, than success in television. I’ve done four shows, and only one of them was the West Wing.”;

Prior to The West Wing, Sorkin created the short-lived Sports Night, which ran for two low-rated seasons. Following The West Wing, he produced Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which struggled through a single season before the axe came down, and The Newsroom, which will end after this current third season.

 

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