Aaron Sorkin must’ve gotten home late the day they aired the after-school special, “So Daddy Steals A Little.” It offered a life lesson that has caused a stir both within this week’s episode of Studio 60 and surrounding the making of the show: Don’t take what doesn’t belong to you.
Confused? You’re not alone. Even if you weren’t lucky enough to find yourself a bomb shelter in time to avoid the bombardment of such couplings as Brangelina, TomKat and Vaughniston, you probably never came across an US Weekly with “Sorkinoweth” emblazoned on the cover. Or was it “Chenorkin?”
Back when West Wing was the smartest show on television, show writer Sorkin had a 10-month relationship with actress Kristin Chenoweth. The bubbly Broadway and Tony-winning performer best known for her portrayal as the good witch in Wicked played Annabeth Schott on the White House show.
Fast-forward to today, and Kristin, who just so happens to be a born-again Christian, is pretty peeved. She didn’t get the memo that although she’s not a Studio 60 cast member, she’s in just about every episode. Apparently, arguments between her and her now-ex-bf are the -- sometimes verbatim -- inspiration for the trysts between Harriet Hayes (Chenoweth) and Matt Albie (the modest and humble Sorkin).
The lesson in all this? Behind every good Sorkin is an angry, God-fearing woman who deserves some credit. Oh, and stealing is wrong.