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HBO orders Sorkin pilot

Project will involve goings-on at cable news network

Aaron Sorkin is moving to cable.

After toiling on the broadcast side with “Sports Night,” “The West Wing” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” Sorkin received a pilot order from HBO for his project about the backstage goings-on at a cable news network.

Sorkin was nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday in the adapted screenplay category for his script “The Social Network.” He also won the Golden Globe two weeks ago and is up for a BAFTA.

It’s unclear whether Sorkin would work with his longtime collaborator, director Thomas Schlamme, as negotiations are still ongoing.

Sorkin had spent time with former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann as a means to gather research for the project. Also on his plate is the bigscreen adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book “Moneyball,” about how small-market Major League Baseball teams with limited resources are using statistics to be competitive.

Late last year, HBO gave a pilot order to “Veep,” about the trials of being a female vice president, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And earlier this month, the pay cabler gave a series order to the laffer “Girls,” from writer Lena Dunham, who will also star.

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