When Tina Fey's Saturday Night Live-inspired series 30 Rock debuted in 2006, it was the underdog of two SNL-themed shows premiering on NBC that season. The other was Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, created by Aaron Sorkin, who also created The West Wing and Sports Night, and wrote the films A Few Good Men, An American President, and Charlie Wilson's War. His hour long drama/comedy starring Matthew Perry proved to be the less popular series, finishing its run in just one season, while 30 Rock is currently in its fifth season. Fresh from winning a Best Screenplay Oscar for The Social Network, Sorkin made a cameo appearance on last night's 30 Rock, spouting off his usual rapid-fire dialogue in one of his trademark walk & talks. Watch the clip right here.
I enjoyed his response to the mention of Studio 60 immensely. If he looks familiar, that may be because Aaron Sorkin had a brief cameo in The Social Network as well, playing an advertising executive put off by Mark Zuckerberg's apathy. The writer is currently at work creating a new series for HBO, which will star Jeff Daniels as a news anchor.
Do you think Sorkin delivers breathlessly paced dialogue as well as he writes it? And are you excited to see his next behind-the-scenes-style series?