That Aaron Sorkin is one powerful dude. Not only did he get NBC to pony up a record $2-million-per-episode licensing fee for his upcoming hourlong drama, Studio 7, but the Peacock made a 13-episode commitment to the series sight unseen. And there's more: Reliable sources say the West Wing creator included in the contract a caveat saying that the show can only air between the hours of 9 and 11 pm, Monday to Thursday. Hit-starved NBC would be wise to continue playing by Sorkin's rules: Check out today's new Ask Ausiello to find out which former Friend the überproducer is courting to play Studio 7's lead. (Hint: It's not Gunther.)
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