Sorkin Says Studio 60 Was Not About Him
Aaron Sorkin has acknowledged that his personal foibles may have been at least partly to blame for the failure of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The show featured a character who, like Sorkin, had a history of drug-related problems. (In 2001 Sorkin was arrested at Burbank airport when it was discovered that his carry-on bag contained marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and crack cocaine; he subsequently spent time in rehab.) In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sorkin said, "There were too many people looking at this show like it was the cover of 'Abbey Road.' ... It was never an autobiographical show. I'm a lot more than a recovering cocaine addict." In any case, he admitted that he had come up short in meeting expectations for the highly touted show. "I don't know how to emphasize this enough that I'm not disappointed or upset with anyone but myself," Sorkin told the Times. "On some shows, you can make mistakes and still survive. But with this one, I made too many mistakes for it to survive."