Aaron Sorkin, 51, who burst onto the small screen with the ABC dramedy Sports Night in 1998, says the biggest change he has seen in his 15-year TV career — during which his zeitgeisty The West Wing for NBC won best drama series four years in a row (2000-03) — is time-shifting. “Audiences are watching at a time other than when the network puts it on,” he says.
The Oscar-winning screenwriter (for 2010′s The Social Network) is surprised that 80 percent of viewers of his HBO series The Newsroom are watching it via multiple media platforms such as DVR and HBO On Demand. “Unlike with a movie or a play, I don’t get to experience the audience watching the show,” says Sorkin (who is gearing up for a second season while penning a Steve Jobs biopic). “On Sunday night, it feels like I’m the only one watching it,” he adds. “It’s hard to imagine anyone else is too.”