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.
You can only write, 'Somebody wants something, something else is in their way of getting it.'
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.
The guy who wins the Oscar for Best Actor has a much higher bar to clear than the woman who wins best actress.
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
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.
What's interesting, is that I've found that the more accomplished a director is, the more secure they are in giving direction that sounds incredibly unsophisticated.
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.
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.
Perhaps something like Facebook couldn't have been invented by somebody who goes out five nights a week and has a ton of friends and makes friends really easily.
The downside to series television is that the schedule is ferocious. It constantly feels like you have a midterm due that you haven't started yet.
With a television series, there's a hard deadline, and so you have to write even when you're not writing well.
I'm a registered Republican, I only seem liberal because I believe that hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure and not gay marriage.
As a dramatist, you're looking for points of friction...
Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.
I've never met anyone who has said, "My goal is to make America mediocre." That's a kind of hard-right conservative fallacy.
Elite is not a bad word, it's an aspirational one
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.
John was an uncommonly good man, an exceptional role model and a brilliant actor.
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.
My resting pulse as a writer is writing idealistically and romantically; aspirationally. My taste lies in quixotic heroes.
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.
A friend is somebody who says the same things to your face that they would say if you're not in the room.
There are television critics, movie critics, and theater critics too who I like and who I follow and I get genuinely bummed when they don't like something that I've written because I usually agree with them.
There's that process of writing it - then you come out of your room into the sunlight, and you now have to complete the circuit and make the connection finally with the audience.
Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.
Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award. I'm going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.
It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb. Aaron So
Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright. Aaron So
Believe me, for a 28-year-old writer, getting a check for $200,000 was a big deal indeed,