David Mamet Vs Aaron Sorkin

Does anyone else find it slightly interesting that David Mamet --possibly the best writer of dialogue for the stage in the last two decades-- is getting his ass seriously kicked in the "Most Interesting Dialogue" category by Aaron Sorkin on Studio 60?

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Oh, for those that don't know, Mamet is currently the head writer, producer and creator of The Unit

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yeah, but whose show will survive this season?

Well, since CBS ran JAG for 100 years, I'm betting The Unit will, unfortunately, survive.

I hope that Studio 60 will, but given the fact that it requires the audience to actually listen to what the actors are saying The Magic 8 Ball says, "Outlook Grim".

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I actually listened to Studio 60's hilarious sketch "science schmience", and then I changed the channel.

Writing Grim

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Oh, I'll admit that the "sketch's" on the show have been as bad as anything on SNL, often worse, but the "backstage" stuff is really good.

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I guess I'm left feeling "why should I care about these people's problems - stressing over a shitty tv show"?

Ya know?

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well - i look at it another way. after these shows are cancelled, mamet will stil be a legendary playwright. sorkin will still be a tv hack - maybe people like his stuff - but it's still tv. nothing on the west wing will ever compare to glengarry glen ross.

edit: okay - so i just looked up sorkin's credits and he did write a few good men -, so i stand slightly corrected, but he will still go down as a tv guy in my opinion.

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AS far as as the West Wing being too Preachy towards the end of it's run... well, that actually had nothing to do with Sorkin as he was no longer remotely involved with the show and had finished his contract for the show. During that period he was devleoping Studio 60 for NBS, er I mean NBC... :)

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I am also a big fan of Mamet's and would be a venomous opponent if someone tried to nillify his talent. Howvever to call Sorkin a TV hack is to be unknowledgeable. Speilberg credited Sorkin for saving his Schindler's List script. He is a good writer, both film and television... actually a good writer with a former drug problem. Ever wonder why all those drug references make their way into Studio 6O? Sorkin has more Hollywood film experience than Mamet. Has been the wirter of 2 widely received movies both critcally and by the audience. He has been credited with doctoring many scripts for many successful films. To call him a "hack" is unfounded.

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I know nothing about the Unit but maybe I will check it out. I'm loving Studio 60 but it might be too smart for some people - but if that was true why did the West Wing last as long as it did? Whatever, I hate it when a good show comes on and people don't get it - anybody remember Boomtown from a few years ago? Amazing show - and it lasted one year.

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  • Author: Duke487
  • 11/7/06 12:21:13 PM

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i am unimpressed with studio 60. despite it's setting, it seems like the same kind of tv b.s. to me - two ex-lovers working together, blah blah. i have watched the first few episodes and each week i like it less and less - this week i didn't even bother watching.

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  • Author: sinner
  • 11/7/06 2:57:09 PM

west wing. 'nuff said.
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  • Author: renee!
  • 11/7/06 3:04:42 PM

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Duke, the sketches need to be funny for the audience to believe that this is a real show. (Even though most "real" shows arent' that funny, they're have a different vibe than "science schmience" etc. - it just didn't ring true.)
It is a great opportunity for Studio 60 to blow everyone away by having the sketches AND the drama both be up to par/great even.
Then they'd have something truly impressive on their hands.
They blew it.

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"To belittle Aaron Sorkin because he writes for television is really the most stupid thing to appear on this board today."

because tv is such a well-respected medium with so many smart choices,right? being the "best" thing on tv just simply does not impress me. don;t get me wrong - i'm no elitist and watch a bunch of shite on there - but the west wing never interested me and after giving studio 60 a shot for a few episodes to me it is the same b.s.

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here here oh well okay!

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