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Five Workplace Dramas As Yet Unscripted by Aaron Sorkin

  1. White-Collar Dramas
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    White-Collar Dramas

    No screenwriter has more successfully or thoughtfully plumbed the white-collar American workplace for breathless drama than Aaron Sorkin. Among the milieux he has captured: the cable sports network (Sports Night), the cable news network (The Newsroom), the Internet startup (The Social Network), the executive branch of government (The West Wing), and the baseball front office (Moneyball). But there are so many more workplaces that Sorkin has yet to exploit. Some suggestions:

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  2. The Accountancy
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    The Accountancy

    At a PricewaterhouseCoopers-type firm, an idealistic young executive VP (Andrew Garfield) bucks the conventional wisdom by lobbying for a simpler tax code, even though this runs against his company’s interests.

    Illustrations by Jon Vermilyea
  3. The Hospitality Concession
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    The Hospitality Concession

    Two idealistic young executives at an Aramark-type firm (Jay Baruchel and Nina Arianda) push for a high-minded but pricey all-organic food and beverage program for the new arena of the fictitious St. Paul Walleyes hockey team.

    Illustrations by Jon Vermilyea
  4. 53rd & Third
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    53rd & Third

    At an architectural practice based in Manhattan’s Lipstick Building, a troika of upstart neotraditionalists (Kal Penn, Elizabeth Reaser, and Jason Sudeikis) butt heads with the firm’s modernist éminence grise (Jonathan Pryce, in elaborate eyewear).

    Illustrations by Jon Vermilyea
  5. The Postal Service
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    The Postal Service

    The newly appointed Postmaster General (Peter Krause) is under intense political pressure to modernize, go electronic, and reduce delivery to three days a week, but his sage great-uncle (Hal Holbrook), a retired mail carrier from bluegrass country, reminds him of the community value of brick-and-mortar P.O.’s.

    Illustrations by Jon Vermilyea
  6. Grand National Motors
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    Grand National Motors

    At the titular company, the smallest of Detroit’s Big Four automakers, an aging CEO (Peter Riegert) forgoes the safe path to retirement and imposes a mandate that his entire line meet a 58.5-mpg standard within two years—much to the chagrin of his director of publicity and extramarital love interest (Lisa Edelstein).

    Illustrations by Jon Vermilyea