I love writing. I'm not particularly comfortable in the actual world - I'm much more comfortable on the page. So if I could have a life where I could just slip the pages under the door and somebody would slip me a meal back, then that would be perfect for me.
Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award. I'm going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.
Iâ€™m sick of girls who donâ€™t know how to high-five,
If I were running a television network, I would do a terrible job. That said, it would have been nice in sweeps month to have that as our lead-in.
We're about to shoot an episode on Air Force One, for instance, and we're going to take liberties, small liberties, with Air Force One, as we take small liberties with our White House set.
Mrs. Landingham, does the President have free time this morning? The President has nothing but free time, Toby. Right now he's in the residence eating Cheerios and enjoying Regis and Kathie Lee. Should I get him for you? Sarcasm's a disturbing thing coming from a woman of your age, Mrs. Landingham.
The stuff that I write doesn't work very well as background music. You have to watch it from beginning to end and pay attention as if you were watching a play.
If I get an idea for a series that I really like, I'm sure I won't be able to resist coming back and doing it.
Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.
It seems to me that more and more we've come to expect less and less from each other, and I think that should change.
Make no mistake about it, you are dumb. You're a group of incredibly, well-educated dumb people. I was there. We all were there. You're barely functional. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups, but the screw-ups, they're a-
Josh: So, Toby, itâ€™s election night. What do you say about a country that goes out of its way to protect even those citizens that try to destroy it? Toby: God bless America.
I don't want to analyze myself or anything, but I think, in fact I know this to be true, that I enter the world through what I write. I grew up believing, and continue to believe, that I am a screw-up, that growing up with my family and friends, I had nothing to offer in any conversation. But when I
Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright. Aaron Sorki
I have a lot of respect for people who are great at ad-libbing, and for writers and directors who are able to create a scene in which that works.
People who don't know anything tend to make up fake rules, the real rules being considerably more difficult to learn.
I would love for people to think that I am as quick, clever, smart and heroic as the characters that I write, but those characters are characters.
A friend is somebody who says the same things to your face that they would say if you're not in the room.
A news organization has a much different responsibility. I might not be telling you the whole story. I might not be telling you a story in a manner that is properly sophisticated.
that there might be at NBC or HBO.
It's important to remember that, first and foremost, if not only, this is entertainment. 'The West Wing' isn't meant to be good for you.
There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups... but they're coming for ya. It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
One of the biggest challenges in the past for me in working on the networks was that audiences have grown accustomed to television being something that keeps you company-background music, something that you have on while you're flipping through a magazine, cooking dinner, talking on the phone, putti
There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that's really what I wanted to do.
I love writing, but hate starting. The page is awfully white and it says, 'You may have fooled some of the people some of the time but those days are over, Giftless. I'm not your agent and I'm not your mommy: I'm a white piece of paper. You wanna dance with me?' and I really, really don't. I'll go p
Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.
It's populated by people who, by and large, have terrific communication skills. Every day is an extraordinary day. For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
The thing I know how to do most is write a play. I came up loving plays and learning about plays and writing plays. I actually feel like an outsider when I'm writing movies and television.
Our responsibility is to captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention. That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great, what you would say, heavy issues.
I send them a lot of 'West Wing' hats, and they send me a lot of White House T-shirts and that kind of thing,