So I've gotten some books to read, following some nicely offered recommendations, but I also (re)discovered that my local library checks out DVDs in addition to books (go figure!) so I also took out the first disk of the first (only) season of Sports Night, which I never really was able to watch religiously when it was actually on (in 1998, a year in which I was very busy with grad school). And I have to say, again, for the record, that while I love Aaron Sorkin (and I really do love his witty banter and sly asides and all), sometimes he is just a little too cute for his own good.
For example, in one episode, Donna appears (okay, the actress who played Donna on The West Wing but I am too lazy to go look up her real name) playing an assistant costume director who chastises one of the main characters for implying that he picked out his own wardrobe (when he appeared on The View, cross-pollination alert) when in fact it was Donna's boss, a woman named Maureen, who was responsible for all his wardrobe choices. And then, lo and behold, when the credits roll, the costume director for Sports Night...wait for it...is named Maureen! Oh Aaron, you are so clever...and so aware of your cleverness...and so willing to negate your cleverness with this awareness.
Does this mean I won't go see Charlie Wilson's War, the Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts vehicle also penned by Sorkin (which I have heard reviewed as "a really long episode of The West Wing"? No, I most likely will because, as I said, I really do like the banter and the wit and will forgive the occasional far-too-precious moment on Aaron's behalf.
And finally, just once again for the record, MAN does Sorkin like to reuse actors! I mean, there is Donna, of course, and loads of others, not least of which are Felicity Huffman and Teri Polo. AND he seems to be obsessed with the name "Danny," giving it to main character after main character in each and every show he writes. It's uncanny. Or just odd. Take your pick.