Reportedly, Aaron Sorkin researched his forthcoming HBO series about cable-news windbaggery, More As This Story Develops, by visiting the set of Chris Matthews’s Hardball. However, plans for Mr. Matthews to visit Mr. Sorkin’s set–and appear on-camera as a character in the Sorkin universe, one in which everyone talks quickly and has hidden pieties that are revealed with no lack of pomposity–have been scrapped by Matthews’s bosses at MSNBC, reportedly. New York‘s Vulture blog reports that the content of the series (“egomaniacs working for wealthy drunks”!) may have been the issue for MSNBC, though perhaps the network types finally got around to watching Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 and realized that if he can make comedians that obtuse and humorless, he could ruin Chris Matthews.
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