Aaron Sorkin‘s latest show, set in the behind-the-scenes world of cable news, recently got picked up by HBO.
What’s especially intriguing about this is that Sorkin shadowed both Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews‘ MSNBC shows, as well as spent time at the Fox News Channel and CNN programs to research his subject.
We’ve already noted Sorkin’s habit of creating characters based on real life figures — cf. “The West Wing” — so we’re betting that the new show will be full of thinly-veiled versions of Keith Olbermann, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Chris Matthews and all of the major personalities on cable news.
This got us to thinking… who would best play our favourite cable TV personalities on Sorkin’s show?
Naturally, we took a shot at casting. Here’s what we came up with.
Not only do they look alike -- Hoffman is a phenomenal comic actor, and Glenn Beck would need to be played with a sense of humour. We think Hoffman would jump at the chance.
Aaron Sorkin has cast her before in 'The West Wing,' and Kristin Chenoweth is quirky and plucky and lantern-jawed just like Sarah Palin. All you have to do is look past the blonde hair (and forget about Tina Fey's awesome impression).
Shep needs to be played by a good-looking, charming guy like Greg Kinnear (who actually started his career as an on-air reporter, then had his own late night show). More importantly -- like Shep, Kinnear has a permanently amused look in his eye.
Both pretty ladies, Angie Harmon and Rachel Maddow are only a year apart in age, and Harmon is a TV veteran from 'Law and Order.' Also -- Harmon naturally has Maddow's laid-back, likeable style.
Academy award nominated actor -- William Hurt not only looks a lot like Olbermann, one of his breakout roles was as a sports anchorman turned local news anchorman in the movie 'Broadcast News.'
It's not just that they have the same hair -- there is something ineffably tough about Megyn Kelly, and Ali Larter has played a superhero in the past on the show 'Heroes.'
It's not just that their names sound alike, or that they have the same accent -- Pierce Brosnan is great at playing smarmy, and we need an ex-James Bond to match Piers Morgan's (self-admitted) 'big ego.'
Our runner-up was the lesser known (in the U.S.) British actor Ben Miles, also great with smarm and a deadringer for Piers.
This would hardly be a stretch for John Goodman, an outstanding character actor. And Goodman has worked with Sorkin before -- he played the U.S. president on Sorkin's 'The West Wing.'
Rob Lowe is another ''West Wing' alum -- and he has the same ex-model, blue-eyed boyish good looks as Anderson Cooper.
In fairness to Bill O'Reilly, Gene Hackman has almost two decades on him age-wise -- but no one could play O'Reilly better.
'The Practice' alum Michael Badalucco, best known for working with the Coen Brothers, has the same baby-faced look as Neil Cavuto.
Seasoned TV actor Victor Garber (best known for playing a CIA double agent on 'Alias' -- and the captain of the Titanic) has the 'Hardball' style one needs to play Chris Matthews.
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