Aaron Sorkin Reuses His Previous Characters for THE NEWSROOM

     June 25, 2012

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Last night was the premiere of Aaron Sorkin‘s new HBO series, The Newsroom.  The show felt like Sorkin² in terms of the dialogue, the big soaring speeches, and the important parables.  It also felt like a bit of a retread as it quickly became apparent to Sorkin fans that he was reusing characters from his previous series’, specifically Sports Night and The West Wing.  Obviously, this comparison is based off only one episode, and perhaps The Newsroom will evolve to where these new characters will actually feel new.

Hit the jump to see how Sorkin’s new characters compare to his old ones.

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The grumpy leader who’s the smartest guy in the room, and has an instant recall of statistics, but can’t remember the names of his staff (except he actually does).  He may be off-putting, especially because he’s in a position of power, but deep down he has a good heart.

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The peppy executive producer who’s the smartest gal in the room.  She’s deeply passionate about her work, but she can’t be a bit clumsy and frazzled.  However, she’ll be the firm, no-nonsense hand on the wheel when things start spinning out of control.

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The male subordinate who’s deeply loyal and whip-smart, but also lacks confidence.  He will develop a crush on the female subordinate, but because he trips over his words and only shows his strength in a crisis, it will take time for their romance to develop.

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The female subordinate who’s a neophyte but she’s going to go places if someone just gives her a chance.  Someone gives her a chance.  She’s also destined to fall for the male subordinate once she finds out his feelings for her.

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The person-of-color who’s shyness masks a remarkable intellect.  He works hard, but he’s not showy, and his quiet reserve makes everything he says carry more weight and surprises people who hadn’t noticed him.

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The grumpy leader’s best friend and voice-of-reason.  He’s the only one who can tell the grumpy leader off, and knows the grumpy leader better than anyone else.  The best friend is also a drunk.

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