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.
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.
Certainly, last year we did an episode about the census and sampling versus a direct statistic. You just said the word 'census,' and people fall asleep.
I'll get cast occasionally as sort of the jerk version of myself, and I have fun doing that. But it's really better for everyone if I stay behind the camera.
I want to convey that I'm crazy about the Kardashians - but I'm not sure which is which.
A hero would die for his country, but he'd much rather live for it.
Tell me what you think and then tell me what the really smart person in the room who disagrees with you thinks.
The play was written before 9/11 and July 7 and Abu Ghraib and a lot of things that have informed how we feel about the military, but I think it is going to resonate.
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.
Well, I must tell you I write the scripts very close to the bone. So I'm writing episode seven now and couldn't tell you what happens in episode eight.
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.
John was an uncommonly good man, an exceptional role model and a brilliant actor.
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.
You know, one of the things I like about this world, or at least I like about the way we're presenting this world, is these issues are terribly complicated - not nearly as black and white as we're led to believe.
As an audience member, I like the sound of something that's been written - I like it to sound written. And then, of course, you can't do it without the musicians who can play it.
A Few Good Men
You can only write, 'Somebody wants something, something else is in their way of getting it.'
You're going to fall down, but the world doesn't care how many times you fall down, as long as it's one fewer than the numbers of times you get back up.
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.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an actor. I was acting in all the school plays. I went to school for acting. I was really sure that that's what I wanted to do.
As a dramatist, you're looking for points of friction...
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.
She's a person; the doctor pronounces her dead, not the news.
But HBO is less interested in how many people are watching than in how much the people who are watching are liking the show. They didn't set up their business model to make writers happy. It's just a nice unintended consequence.
A friend is somebody who says the same things to your face that they would say if you're not in the room.
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.
An artistâ€™s job is to captivateâ€¦ if we stumble into truth, we got lucky.
Believe me, for a 28-year-old writer, getting a check for $200,000 was a big deal indeed,
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.
We're shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden death of our friend and colleague.