A new Los Angeles Times profile of Aaron Sorkin reveals that the acclaimed — and at times polarizing — writer plans to retire from television following the finale of his current HBO drama, The Newsroom.
“I know the whole ‘Never say never’ stuff,” Sorkin said. “But I’m pretty certain I’m about to write my last three episodes of television.”
The screenwriter, who won an Academy Award in 2010 for his Social Network screenplay, clarified that his desire to get out of television was not the result of a negative experience. “And I want to be really clear about this. Really clear about this,” continued Sorkin. “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.”
Two of his shows, Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, failed to find an audience and were canceled early in their runs. Sorkin found a home for his stylized dialogue and politically charged stories on HBO, which has been home to The Newsroom since 2012. The show will conclude after three seasons.
“I’m not saying I can’t wait to get out of here, but I think we threw everything we had at it,” said Newsroom star Jeff Daniels. “I can see where if we continued Season 4 or 5, we might’ve started repeating ourselves.”
With only a handful more script to write, Sorkin doesn’t seem to regret his decision to announce his retirement. “All these months later, I still don’t see another series in my near future,” Sorkin said. “But, again, you never know. Maybe I’ll get another idea.”
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