You can only write, 'Somebody wants something, something else is in their way of getting it.'
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.
Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.
A Few Good Men
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.
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.
People don't live their lives in a series of scenes that form a dramatic narrative, they don't speak in dialogue, they're not lit by a cinematographer or scored by a composer. The properties of real life and the properties of drama have almost nothing to do with each other. The difference between wr
Music is what mathematics does on a Saturday night.
Decisions are made by those who show up.
And a wheat thin the size of Lake Tahoe.
If you feel that strongly about something, you have an obligation to try and change my mind.
I don't think I write differently when I'm writing a screenplay, as opposed to a stage play or a teleplay. Maybe if I were in a film class and there was time to think about it, we could point out differences.
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.
This is a time for serious people, Bob, and your fifteen minutes are up.
The problem with getting actors of this caliber is that if the show doesn't work, Tommy and I can be pretty sure it was our fault.
The play was written before a lot of things that have informed how we feel about the military, but I think it is going to resonate.
Stupid people surround themselves with smart people. Smart people surround themselves with smart people who disagree with them.
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.
With a television series, there's a hard deadline, and so you have to write even when you're not writing well.
Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don't need little changes. We need gigantic revolutionary changes. . . . Competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be getting six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely fr
Just to clarify the division of labor on the show, I write the show and Alan [Poul] does everything else.
The guy who wins the Oscar for Best Actor has a much higher bar to clear than the woman who wins best actress.
I'm a playwright. All I care about is the play being good.
We live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns.
Any time you get two people in a room who disagree about anything, the time of day, there is a scene to be written. That's what I look for.
John was an uncommonly good man, an exceptional role model and a brilliant actor.
Writers are opposite of athletes, they get better with age
Don't ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world, it's the only thing that ever has.
People who don't know anything tend to make up fake rules, the real rules being considerably more difficult to learn.
I've never met anyone who has said, "My goal is to make America mediocre." That's a kind of hard-right conservative fallacy.