Favorite Aaron Sorkin character?
By drapeau on Sep 14, 2006
I promised myself that I'd try to avoid writing about things in this blog unrelated to technology, management, teamwork, or my job and its experiences. But something is about to happen that has got me so excited, I just gotta share it here.
Call me pathetic, but I love a good TV show, and Aaron Sorkin's new TV show is set to premiere next Monday (the 18th, 10PM, NBC). I think that Aaron Sorkin's writing (if you don't know who Aaron Sorkin is, you might know some of his work: The West Wing, Sports Night, The American President, A Few Good Men) is some of the best writing that television has ever had.
Anyway, Sorkin's new show, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", premieres on Monday night. I think it's going to be a treat, and in reminiscing about some of Sorkin's previous stuff I came across a question that I'm going to have fun thinking about during long runs and my commute to and from work.
The question is this: who is the greatest Aaron Sorkin character?
I'm having a tough time with this one because I think there are a bunch of great Sorkin characters, whether regular characters or recurring guest characters (Lord John Marbury for one, Ted McGinley's "Gordon" character from "Sports Night" for another).
Man, it's tough. I don't think I can pick just one. But if I could pick a couple of Sorkin's best characters, I might pick from amongst these:
- Dan Rydell, Sports Night (Josh Charles, actor)
- Dana Whitaker, Sports Night (Felicity Huffman)
- Josh Lyman, TWW (Bradley Whitford)
- Jeremy Goodwin, SN (Joshua Malina; his character Will Bailey started out well until Sorkin left the show, then the Bailey character just got ugly)
So, what do you think are Sorkin's best characters? I'm not sure what my \*favorite\* characters are, but the ones I named here are some of his best, I think.
...and I'm having trouble deciding who's the better patriarch: Leo McGarry or Isaac Jaffe (SN, Robert Guillaume). Whaddya think?