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** Actors who have worked on his shows equate his scripts to playing in an orchestra. Unlike most acting gigs where actors can freestyle and include their own takes and personality (like in jazz), Sorkin performers have to follow every note on the page, every inflection, every punctuation exactly to its last detail, because his cadence builds and swells with a natural, organized rhythm. The best example of this is the Pilot to ''Series/TheWestWing'', where dozens of characters talk and bicker and argue, call and respond to each other, escalate to a dramatic crescendo... only to fall silent to the solo performance by the President himself.

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** Actors who have worked on his shows equate his scripts to playing in an orchestra. Unlike most acting gigs where actors can freestyle and include their own takes and personality (like in jazz), Sorkin performers have to follow every note on the page, every inflection, every punctuation exactly to its last detail, like individual players in each section of an orchestra, because his cadence builds and swells with a natural, organized rhythm. musical harmony. The best example of this is the Pilot to of ''Series/TheWestWing'', where dozens of characters talk and bicker and argue, call and respond to each other, for 40+ minutes, escalate to a dramatic crescendo... only to fall silent to the a solo performance by the President himself.


* FoxNewsLiberal: His political bias in favor of the US left tends to show and he has been accused of writing figures who disagree with him politically badly. He has written some characters deliberately to address this in character, most notably (moderate Republican) Will Mc Avoy in The Newsroom, who is accused in the series of being a "Republican in name only"

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* FoxNewsLiberal: His political bias in favor of the US left tends to show and he has been accused of writing figures who disagree with him politically badly. He has written some characters deliberately to address this in character, most notably (moderate Republican) Will Mc Avoy [=McAvoy=] in The Newsroom, who is accused in the series of being a "Republican in name only"


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* MotorMouth: A requirement of all characters in his works. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't speak at 150 words a minute.


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** Actors who have worked on his shows equate his scripts to playing in an orchestra. Unlike most acting gigs where actors can freestyle and include their own takes and personality (like in jazz), Sorkin performers have to follow every note on the page, every inflection, every punctuation exactly to its last detail, because his cadence builds and swells with a natural, organized rhythm. The best example of this is the Pilot to ''Series/TheWestWing'', where dozens of characters talk and bicker and argue, call and respond to each other, escalate to a dramatic crescendo... only to fall silent to the solo performance by the President himself.


He had a well known on/off relationship with Creator/KristinChenoweth for several years.

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He had a well known on/off relationship with Creator/KristinChenoweth for several years. He is not related to Creator/ArleenSorkin.


* ''Theatre/TheFarnsworthInvention'' (2007)

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* ''Theatre/TheFarnsworthInvention'' ''The Farnsworth Invention'' (2007)


His most recent venture into Television, the {{Creator/HBO}} TV series ''Series/TheNewsroom'', starring Creator/JeffDaniels premiered in 2012 and ended with a shortened final season in December 2014. Unlike several of his other TV projects, ''The Newsroom'' was not canceled by the network and he also wasn't thrown out (as happened on ''The West Wing'') but he thought the story and characters did not provide material for more seasons. Sorkin has since stated in interviews that he does not want to write anything but theater and feature length movies in the future, explicitly citing that his MagnumOpus, ''Series/TheWestWing'', is a ToughActToFollow.

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His most recent venture into Television, the {{Creator/HBO}} TV series ''Series/TheNewsroom'', starring Creator/JeffDaniels premiered in 2012 and ended with a shortened final season in December 2014. Unlike several of his other TV projects, ''The Newsroom'' was not canceled by the network and he also wasn't thrown out (as happened on ''The West Wing'') but he thought the story and characters did not provide material for more seasons. Sorkin has since stated in interviews that he does not want to write anything but theater and feature length movies in the future, explicitly citing that his MagnumOpus, ''Series/TheWestWing'', ''Series/TheWestWing'' is a ToughActToFollow.


* ''Theatre/TheFarnsworthInvention'' (2007)



* ''Theatre/ToKillAMockingbird'' (2018) [[note]] Broadway adaptation of the Harper Lee novel[[/note]]



* ''Theatre/ToKillAMockingbird'' (2017) [[note]] Broadway adaptation of the Harper Lee novel[[/note]]
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Sorkin also wrote several plays, such as ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' and screenplays such as the film adaptation of ''A Few Good Men'', ''Film/TheAmericanPresident'', ''Film/CharlieWilsonsWar'', ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', for which he won an [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Adapted Screenplay, and ''Film/{{Moneyball}}''.

Other projects include a ''Film/SteveJobs'' biopic and a film based on the scandals of the John Edwards presidential campaign. The {{Creator/HBO}} TV series ''Series/TheNewsroom'', starring Creator/JeffDaniels premiered in 2012 and ended with a shortened final season in December 2014. Unlike several of his other TV projects, ''The Newsroom'' was not canceled by the network and he also wasn't thrown out (as happened on ''The West Wing'') but he thought the story and characters did not provide material for more seasons. Sorkin has since stated in interviews that he does not want to write anything but theater and feature length movies in the future, explicitly citing that his MagnumOpus, ''Series/TheWestWing'', is a ToughActToFollow.

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Sorkin also wrote several plays, such as ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' and screenplays such as the film adaptation of ''A Few Good Men'', ''Film/TheAmericanPresident'', ''Film/CharlieWilsonsWar'', ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', for which he won an [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Adapted Screenplay, and ''Film/{{Moneyball}}''.

Other projects include a ''Film/SteveJobs'' biopic and a film based on
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His most recent venture into Television,
the scandals of the John Edwards presidential campaign. The {{Creator/HBO}} TV series ''Series/TheNewsroom'', starring Creator/JeffDaniels premiered in 2012 and ended with a shortened final season in December 2014. Unlike several of his other TV projects, ''The Newsroom'' was not canceled by the network and he also wasn't thrown out (as happened on ''The West Wing'') but he thought the story and characters did not provide material for more seasons. Sorkin has since stated in interviews that he does not want to write anything but theater and feature length movies in the future, explicitly citing that his MagnumOpus, ''Series/TheWestWing'', is a ToughActToFollow.


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* ''Theatre/ToKillAMockingbird'' (2017) [[note]] Broadway adaptation of the Harper Lee novel[[/note]]
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* CannotTellAJoke: Dana in ''Series/{{Sports Night}}'' and Harriet in ''Series/{{Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip}}''

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* CannotTellAJoke: Dana in ''Series/{{Sports Night}}'' ''Series/SportsNight'' and Harriet in ''Series/{{Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip}}''''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''



* WalkAndTalk: His stuff is a TropeCodifier (and former TropeNamer: "SorkinWalk"), to the point of a moment in ''Series/TheWestWing'' where the characters who've just done it stop and wonder where the heck they're going....
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* WalkAndTalk: His stuff is a TropeCodifier (and former TropeNamer: "SorkinWalk"), to the point of a moment in ''Series/TheWestWing'' where the characters who've just done it stop and wonder where the heck they're going....
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%%* DearNegativeReader: The "Lemon Lyman" subplot on Series/TheWestWing as well as Will [=McAvoy's=] defense of his GOP bonafides on Series/TheNewsroom are seen as responses to criticism his writing gets. He also likes to make points about people on the Internet being nasty



%%* RousseauWasRight With very few exceptions both his characters and his plotlines are highly idealistic and even when people get screwed over they don't lose the faith in humanity

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* BasedOnATrueStory: His last five screenplays are all adaptations of nonfiction books.


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%%* DearNegativeReaderDearNegativeReader: The "Lemon Lyman" subplot on Series/TheWestWing as well as Will [=McAvoy's=] defense of his GOP bonafides on Series/TheNewsroom are seen as responses to criticism his writing gets. He also likes to make points about people on the Internet being nasty



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%%* RousseauWasRightRousseauWasRight With very few exceptions both his characters and his plotlines are highly idealistic and even when people get screwed over they don't lose the faith in humanity



* ShoutOut: You'd be surprised how many references to Gilbert and Sullivan he can cram into his works. Outright quoting the songs, an episode on Studio 60 centered around a MajorGerneralSong and to say nothing of the fact that every second resume ends with "and I'm never ever sick at sea"

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* ShoutOut: You'd be surprised how many references to Gilbert and Sullivan he can cram into his works. Outright quoting the songs, an episode on Studio 60 centered around a MajorGerneralSong MajorGeneralSong and to say nothing of the fact that every second resume ends with "and I'm never ever sick at sea"


* SignatureStyle: Machine gun fast dialogue. Comedic repetition. Casual {{ShoutOut}}s by the metric ton. Tall, smart, sexy, sassy women who give as good as they get. Characters who veer oh-so-close to cynicism, only to come back to hope and idealism. Extremely liberal world view (at least by US standards). He also has an odd fondness for names like Donna, Dana, Danny and so on and likes the shouted across the room. He includes common criticisms of his writing style in his short play ''Hidden in this Picture''; a film director tells his Sorkin-proxy screenwriter the following

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* SignatureStyle: Machine gun fast dialogue. Comedic repetition. Casual {{ShoutOut}}s by the metric ton. Tall, smart, sexy, sassy women who give as good as they get. Characters who veer oh-so-close to cynicism, only to come back to hope and idealism. Extremely liberal world view (at least by US standards). He also has an odd fondness for names like Donna, Dana, Danny and so on and likes the them shouted across the room. He includes common criticisms of his writing style in his short play ''Hidden in this Picture''; a film director tells his Sorkin-proxy screenwriter the following


-->"I think your work has a tendency to be long-winded and cynical, I think you have trouble handling exposition, you take forever to introduce the inciting action, and all your female characters talk and act as if they've just stepped off TheLoveBoat."

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-->"I think your work has a tendency to be long-winded and cynical, I think you have trouble handling exposition, you take forever to introduce the inciting action, and all your female characters talk and act as if they've just stepped off TheLoveBoat.Series/TheLoveBoat."


He had a well known on/off relationship with KristinChenoweth for several years.

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He had a well known on/off relationship with KristinChenoweth Creator/KristinChenoweth for several years.

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