Aaron Sorkin Says He's Working On HBO Pilot About Cable News; Observed CNN, FOX, MSNBC

Writer Aaron Sorkin poses with his award for Best Screenplay (Motion Picture) for "The Social Network" in the press room at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on January 16, 2011 Writer Aaron Sorkin poses with his award for Best Screenplay (Motion Picture) for "The Social Network" in the press room at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on January 16, 2011

Writer Aaron Sorkin says he’s going to give the world of cable news the “West Wing” treatment.

In a BBC interview, Sorkin says he’s written a pilot episode for HBO that takes place behind the scenes at a nightly cable show. The series is being cast.

After spending time observing at CNN, FOX News Channel and MSNBC, Sorkin hopes to give viewers an appreciation of the fascinating work being done.

He says he wants to bring to cable news the same sense of idealism that made government appealing on “The West Wing.”

HBO declined comment on the project.

Sorkin received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for “The Social Network.”

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