FROM THE DARKNESS WE HEAR:
Stand by audio, stand by tape.
Georgia Dome's hot.
You're hot, Atlanta.
Somebody: Arrowhead, then back to
Mile High, is that how it goes?
We're live in 60 seconds.
Arrowhead bounces to Mile High.
FADE UP ON:
INT. STUDIO/CONTROL ROOM
WE'RE IN THE BROADCAST STUDIO FOR SPORTS NIGHT, A NATIONAL
CABLE SPORTS SHOW, MADE POPULAR BY ITS TWO HOSTS, DAN ROSEN AND
CASEY MCCALL. THE DUAL ANCHOR DESK IS FLANKED BY FOUR CAMERAS AND
THE SET PROMINENTLY FEATURES BOTH THE SPORTS NIGHT AND SNN (SPORTS
NEWS NETWORK) LOGOS. IN THE CONTROL ROOM, VARIOUS ENGINEERS AND
PRODUCERS (MOST OF WHOM WE'LL GET TO KNOW) TAKE THEIR PLACES
BEHIND TWO CONSOLES OF MONITORS, BUTTONS, DIALS, SWITCHES, ETC. A
NEON DIGITAL DISPLAY TELLS US TEHRE ARE NOW 59 SECONDS TO AIR AND
COUNTING, AND MONITORS ON THE WALL SHOW REPORTERS POISED TO GO ON
THE AIR IN PLACES LIKE ATLANTA, KANSAS CITY, GREEN BAY AND DENVER.
RUNNING THE SHOW IS DANA WHITAKER, A WOMAN IN HER 30'S AND
PRODUCER OF SPORTS NIGHT. HER ASSOCIATE PRODUCER IS NATALIE
RYDELL, EARLY 20'S AND A LITTLE NEW TO HER JOB. ISAAC JAFFEE,
50'S, THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, STANDS IN BACK WITH HIS ARMS FOLDED.
A GLASS WALL SEPARATES THEM FROM THE STUDIO WHERE CASEY AND DAN,
BOTH IN THEIR 30'S, ARE CLIPPING ON THEIR MICROPHONES AND EAR
PIECES AND ARRANGING PAPERS ON THE DESK. ELLIOT, AN INTERN, FLIES
IN AND OUT WITH SOME PAPERS AND THEN SITS OFF CAMERA AT A LAP-TOP.
THE ATMOSPHERE IS CALM, PROFESSIONAL CHAOS, AND WHILE WE MAY NOT
ALWAYS KNOW WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT, WE KNOW THAT THEY
(TO CASEY) I think you should start
getting out of your house, I think
(INTO MIC) Casey, we're going to
Atlanta first, then Arrowhead.
(TO DANA) Got it.
(TO CASEY) Just out of your house.
(MARKING COPY) I am out of my house.
I've been out of my house for six
months. I don't live at my house.
15 seconds to tape, we're live in
(RE: A SCRIPT PAGE) What's this?
(SHOUTING INTO A MICROPHONE) Dan, did
you get that change on Atlanta and
(NICELY) Natalie, if you shout into a
microphone while I'm wearing an earpiece,
it poses the question: Is there a decibel
level at which the human head will just,
you know, explode.
Roll tape in five--
Good show, everybody.
We're live in 30 seconds.
SFX: THE TAPED SPORTS NIGHT INTRO BEGINS. ITS THEME MUSIC AND
STORY TEASERS CAN BE SEEN AND HEARD ON MONITORS THROUGHOUT THE
STUDIO AND CONTROL ROOM.
Casey's got his hand raised.
Why are we quoting high-level sources
inside the Swiss Olympic Committee on
Helsinki's bid for the 2010 Olympics?
I know it's twelve years away, Case,
Helsinki's in Finland.
Isaac, Helsinki's in Finland. It's
okay, I'll just--
He says Helsinki's in Finland.
I heard him. (TO CASEY) Are you sure?
Yes I'm sure.
I thought it was in Sweden.
It says "Swiss officials".
It should say Swedish Officials.
Graphics, which is it, Sweden or
This is confidence inspiring, huh.
(TO THE CONTROL ROOM) It's in
Elliot, get somebody on the phone.
What do you need?
We think Helsinki might be in Finland.
We think there's a pretty good
We're live in ten. Isaac, is Helsinki
(SHAKING HIS HEAD) Yes, you
Isaac needs a hug, everybody.
(INTO MICROPHONE) We'll change it
on the TelePromTer.
You don't have to change it on
We can go out after the show, you can
stay at my place.
Danny, you know what? I'm getting a
divorce, I don't need a cruise
In three, two--
A RED LIGHT GOES ON OVER A CAMERA--
Good evening, everbody. From New
York City I'm Dan Rosen alongside
Casey McCall. Those stories and more
plus highlights and interviews center
ice from the Garden coming up after this.
You're watching Sports Night on SNN so
We're out, up in 60.
(LOOKING UP FROM HIS LAP-TOP) Yep.
Finland. Their national bird is the
SMASH CUT TO:
A LARGE ROOM WITH 30 OR 40 CUBBY HOLES, EACH WITH A COMPUTER AND
PHONE. OFFICE DOORS, MOST OF WHICH ARE OPEN, LINE THE PERIMETER OF
THE NEWSROOM, AS DO TELEVISION MONITORS. A GLASS-ENCLOSED
CONFERENCE ROOM IS THE CENTER-PIECE AND THE NEW YORK SKYLINE CAN
BE SEEN THROUGH A WALL OF GLASS.
THE PLACE IS IN FULL HUSTLE AND BUSTLE AS STAFFERS WORK THE
AND THE COMPUTERS WHILE ELLIOT AND KIM, AND ASIAN-AMERICAN INTERN
SHOUT ACROSS THE ROOM TO EACH OTHER.
(HOLDING A PHONE AND SHOUTING) I've got
the lawyer on the phone, Kim, she's
gonna give me a quote, and the
receptionist's on hold.
A spokesperson for the lawyer.
A spokesperson, Elliot, or--
(OVER) The lawyer's wife--
--cause that's what I thought.
DAN ROSEN ENTERS. IT'S MORNING AND HE'S WEARING STREET CLOTHES.
What's up, I heard something's on
Jayson Grissom was arrested at a strip
bar in Houston last night.
He hit somebody?
He hit a guy over the head with a
There'll be a closed circuit press
conference at noon.
I don't want to wait 'till noon,
let's get something now. Is Casey
I think he slept here.
KIM AND ELLIOT TRY TO MAKE SUBTLE GESTURES WITH THEIR HANDS AND
THAT SAY "YEAH THIS IS PRETTY BAD BUT I GUESS IT'S NONE OF OUR
Are you guys miming something?
(SOTTO) No, we just think that
Casey might be going through
Forget about that. Let's go. Do
we have a quote from the lawyer?
We've got a quote from the lawyer's
wife and the lawyer's receptionist is
(PAUSE) No, seriously.
When you've got the lawyer's pool
man on the phone, let me know.
CASEY COMES OUT OF HIS OFFICE--
(TO CASEY) Did you sleep here?
I came in early.
You came in yesterday.
Don't worry about it. Elliot--
Let me say also that you don't look
Then let me point to recent data
that suggests that a considerable
portion of viewers think that I'm
the cute one.
A considerable portion of our viewers
are men. And God knows I agree with
each and every one of 'em. My point was
that this particular morning--forget it.
Have I told you about my New York
A lot. You've told me about it
What do we know?
He shot 12 for 15 from the field,
and went to the Silver Key in
Houston. Somebody called him a
dumb sonofabitch red-neck and he
hit the guy with a cognac bottle.
Elliot, call Stuart Fisher in Houston,
tell him it's for me.
You want me to do it now, it's still--
Yeah, he wants you to do it now,
Elliot. When he says he wants you
(CALMING HIM) Casey, Casey...
Sorry. (BEAT) Sorry, Elliot.
CASEY STARTS TO HEAD INTO THE CONFERENCE ROOM. DAN MAKES A GESTURE
AT THE INTERNS, MIMING "IT'S OKAY, IT'S A PHASE THAT WILL PASS".
THE INTERNS MIME BACK: "HOW LONG ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH
THESE MOODS?" DAN GIVES THEM A GESTURE THAT SAYS "JUST ROLL WITH
IT". THEY DON'T REALIZE THAT CASEY HAS STOPPED, TURNED AROUND, AND
IS LOOKING AT THEM.
'Scuse me, I'm standing here.
AS THEY HEAD TOWARD THE CONFERENCE ROOM--
Yeah, it's a mime thing. They're
CASEY AND DAN STOP TO GET SOME DONUTS IN THE BACKGROUND--
Casey hasn't told him yet?
INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - CONTINUOUS
THE SENIOR STAFF IS GATHERING OUTSIDE - HELPING THEMSELVES TO
DONUTS, ETC. DANA AND ISAAC ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PRIVATE CHAT.
Dana, if you had to guess, what
would you say my opinion is of
how the show's been going the
last few weeks?
You think we're doing a heck of
a job and you're really proud of
I think the show's going to hell
in a handbasket and I'm ready to
fire the whole bunch a you.
(BEAT) Yeah, but you won't 'cause
we're all family here and I'm like
a daughter to you.
No, this is a television show here
and you're very much like an employee
Isaac, Casey's been having some
I know all about Casey's personal
problems. You know why? Because
they've become my problems. And
I'm telling you, that at the very
most, I want them to be your
Is he quitting, is he staying, is
he in, is he out, is he sleeping in
his office, has he told Danny that
he's quitting... the show we're
doing back here's better than the
show we're doing out there! And
the show we're doing back here's
not that good!!
I'll talk to him later.
Let's get started.
DAN WALKS IN DRINKING HIS COFFEE--
It's a genuine renaissance, Casey.
I've lived in New York all my life.
This is the time when I should be
sick of it. But I'm not.
The restaurants, the theatre--
Oh we got museums up the whazoo.
And Dana, how do we avoid these
little Helsinki mishaps in the future?
The interns are over-worked. Natalie
screened some new people last week.
I'm meeting her finalist today.
You guys, he is so cute and sweet
NATALIE feels DANA and ISAAC staring at her...
...and smart. And a hard worker. I
Let's talk about Jayson Grissom.
The Metropolitan Opera under tha
baton of Mr. James Levine.
(RE: DAN) Is he okay?
Good. So we got Jayson Grissom.
How 'bout we take the athlete's side
for once. This is a sports program.
It's a news program, we don't take
It's a news program staffed by
people who can't find Finland on
You know what, Isaac? Maybe give that
I'm sayin' it's the kinda thing
that tends to eat away at our
credibility as a news organization.
And I hear 'ya.
Are you suggesting we congratulate
Jayson Grissom for beating a man
over the head with a bottle?
I'm suggesting, Casey, that a man's
just played and won a professional
basketball game on the road--
--he goes to local bar to have
a few beers--
--it's a drunken, hostile crowd who's
team just lost--
--there's some taunting, some words
are exchanged. Our guy grabs a bottle
and hits somebody.
That's where I get tripped up.
When did he become our guy?
He's not our guy.
Is there a law against going to a
Nope. No law against getting drunk. No
law against calling somebody a red
neck. No law against breaking a bottle
over their head. No, wait, it's that
last one again.
No one's saying he didn't break the
Well it's still pretty early.
(TO DAN) You wanna help me out?
Plaza Hotel. Oak Bar. Dry Martini.
New York at night, my friend, the
city never sleeps.
Come on back.
J.J., you're idea is stupid.
The guy called him a red-neck and
probably called him worse. What
would you do, Dan, what would you
do if a guy walked up to you on
your date last night and called
you an Ivy League Jew?
Well so far, he hasn't insulted me.
Yeah, but he won't get offa you.
He knows everything about you, or
he thinks he does 'cause he reads
the papers and listens to the
call-in shows, and he's in your
face and he's drunk and you're
with this girl and he won't let
up. What do you do, Dan?
I show some discretion. (BEAT) This
is a twirpy little man who's showing
off in a bar. He's embarrasing himself
and he's embarrasing his friends. If his
girlfriend didn't break up with him
yesterday, she's going to tomorrow.
This is a loser. It doesn't take
a lot of wit to overcome that obstacle.
I show some discretion, J.J. And I show
some class. And if I don't, I would
expect, in some measure, the wrath of
a civilized people.
Isaac, please listen to Danny. He's
one of the few sane voices left in
You ever ride the subway all day long,
I mean just for the fun of it?
J.J.'s insane and I can't believe
this conversation's gone on as
long as it has. I want to do a
feature on Ntozake Nelson.
Yeah, let's do more features on
Third World soccer players, 'cause
you know, that's what people are
Ntozake Nelson's a South African
distance runner. 15,000 Meters.
As a 22 year old school teacher in
Jamestown, he led protests against
the white majority--
Here we go.
He was beaten up, thrown in jail,
his legs were broken, doctors said
he'd never walk without a cane. He's
41 years old, you know what he's doing
Going to a strip bar in Houston?
He's running in the Goodwill Games.
If that's not a feature segment--
That's a happening story for our
audience. A 41 year old South African
with two broken legs. Don't get me
wrong, Dana, I admire his spunk, but
logic says Ntozake Nelson can't
go 15,000 meters in a golf cart, I
don't care how courageous he is, can
we please talk about sports?
This is a genuine hero, no one expects
him to win.
Forget winning, can he finish?
At eleven o'clock, I've gotta turn heads
away from Ted Koppel, I've gotta turn
heads away from 400 re-runs of MASH,
and I've gotta turn heads away from ESPN.
Ntozake Nelson's not gonna do it.
Who's gonna be watching the Goodwill
Anybody watching our networks. We're
carrying it live.
So that's 17 or 18 people right
Fewer if there's a good MASH re-run.
So you see my problem. Moving on--
ELLIOT POPS HIS HEAD IN THE DOOR--
Dan, I've got Stuart Fisher on the
(GETTING UP) I'm gonna take this in
DAN DISAPPEARS OUT THE DOOR--
(TO CASEY) When are you gonna tell
(TO NATALIE) Leave it alone.
(TO CASEY) You gotta tell him.
He's your best friend, he's your
I mentioned this to you in confidence,
Dana. Friend to friend. It's what we
call a secret. Between you and me.
Entre nous, you know what that means?
It means--wait, in the feminine
It means "between you and me".
I said tell no one. Especially
Natalie. And what did you do?
I told Natalie.
But you had to know that was gonna
Who told Isaac? (BEAT) Isaac, who told
It's a big office, anybody could've--
(RE: NATALIE) She did.
You turned on me.
Well that was bound to happen as
Alright. Everyone. Please. This is
obviously a difficult thing to tell
him and I'd like to do it in my own
way and in my own time.
DAN COMES BACK IN THE ROOM--
We're going to conference him at two
o'clock. He's gonna have a quote,
Grissom's gonna have a quote, we
think we're gonna hear from the
guy in the bar. I told him J.J.
was gonna do a puff piece, he
dropped the phone. Anyway, I think
tonight is gonna be a hot show if
only you people would stop staring
at me and tell me what the hell is
(THERE'S ANOTHER LONG SILENCE IN THE ROOM)
There's some news that Casey has.
It inadvertantly started making its
way through the office grapevine,
but out of respect for you, and
out of respect for Casey--
I'm leaving the show.
END OF ACT ONE
INT. CASEY'S OFFICE
CASEY IS SITTING AT HIS COMPUTER MONITOR TYPING WHEN DANA TAPS ON
THE OPEN DOOR.
I need you to take ten seconds off the
NFL Injury Report and give it to me for
the intro on ACC recruiting violations.
You're screwing up my show, Casey.
CASEY LOOKS UP...
(BEAT) Keep the ten seconds.
That's not what I mean.
I know. I was joking.
I know you were joking.
I could tell by the way you didn't
laugh at all when I said it.
That's 'cause I'm mad at you. Also
it wasn't that funny.
CASEY CAN SEE THAT DANA'S SERIOUS.
I love this show. I do it really
well, and believe me, it's the
only thing I do well. Now I know
you think there are 200 people
in this business who could produce
this show as well as--
I don't think there are 200 people
Yes you do. And you're probably right.
But I'm the one who has the job. And
I do it well. And I love it, I love
producing Sports Night. I live from
eleven from eleven-thirty and the rush
is so huge I don't come down until
three in the morning. (BEAT) I told
the others about your wanting to quit
'cause I hoped somebody could talk you
out of it. I didn't tell Dan 'cause I
thought that was stepping over the
line, but now Dan's my last hope and
you know how much I like relying on
Dan. I came by to apologize. I came
by to tell you that I'm gonna miss you.
I like you a lot and I think you know
how much respect I have for your talent.
But mostly I cam by to tell you that
you're screwing up my show.
CASEY SIMPLY NODS THAT HE UNDERSTANDS...DANA SHOUTS INTO THE
(SHOUTING) Natalie! Let's meet with
INT. DANA'S OFFICE
JEREMY, A NERVOUS YOUNG MAN IN A JACKET AND TIE SITS AND WAITS AS
DANA AND NATALIE ENTER.
Hi, I'm Dana Whitaker, you've already
(SHAKING HANDS) Yes.
You've got an impressive resume. Let.
me ask you some questions.
You look nervous.
Would you like a glass of water?
No thank you.
A soft drink? We have Fresca.
If you're taking orders, I'll have
the angel hair pasta and a glass of
of cold Chardonnay.
Can we interview the man?
I'm just trying--
Just trying to make him comfortable.
A little professionalism is all I'm
I could come back another time if--
What's your favorite sport?
I beg your pardon?
Where are you strongest?
Football, I guess.
Great, let's talk about basketball.
I said football.
I heard you. Let's talk about
(HOPING) We could talk about baseball.
You're pretty strong in baseball and
hockey are you?
Not as strong as football, but--
Great, let's talk about basketball.
I'm not gonna get the job, am I?
Relax. Would you like a cupcake?
(TO JEREMY) You grew up in California,
went to UCLA, you must've followed the
Lakers a little.
A little, but--
Good, let's talk about the Knicks.
Oh come on--
A shot of bourbon?
(TO NATALIE) Sit. (TO JEREMY) Name
three things the Knicks have to do
this season to make it to the finals.
(BEAT) Like I said--
You want the job?
Very badly, yes.
Name three things.
(SEARCHING) Improve their free-throw
(SEARCHING) Run the floor?
Okay. One more.
Get Spike Lee to sit down and shut up?
(GAINING CONFIDENCE) Okay.
(TO NATALIE) You're doing well,
Jeremy. I've gotta tell you, though,
the job is very tough. Endless games,
endless highlights, your life is
nothing but sports and television.
And your direct superiors would be
Dana and me.
Can you handle working for two women?
You're offering me a job where I do
nothing but watch sports on
television and the down side is
I'd be working for two women?
Due respect, Miss Whitaker, but
throw in a bag of Doritos and I'll
pay you the 350 bucks a week.
DAN SITS IN SILENCE, ALONE AT THE ANCHOR DESK. AFTER A MOMENT,
CASEY WALKS IN.
Okay, good, you're here.
(SILENCE) I thought we could talk.
(SILENCE) I know you're feeling
hurt and betrayed, but if we can
just remember that we're friends
and talk calmly, I'm sure--
I'd like you to imagine a line
running down the middle of the
studio dividing it, and the
anchor desk, in two equal halves.
There, where you are, is
Here, where I am, is Danny-World.
(STEPPING TOWARD HIM) Look, let's--
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Let's call this
area here The Sphere of Safety.
Cross it, and--
Would you knock it off.
You decided to leave the show?
And you decided to tell
everyone--and I mean everyone--
you work with but me?!
Danny, that's not what happened.
NATALIE ENTERS WITH JEREMY IN TOW.
Guys, I want you to meet Jeremy
Goodwin, our new production intern.
Jeremy, this is Dan Rosen and
Don't bother getting to know
Casey, he's leaving the show.
Natalie, Dan and I need to talk
for a minute.
(TO JEREMY) This is the time of
day when Dan and Casey usually
(WALKING OVER) Out, let's go!
(TO CASEY) You are in Danny-World
without a visa pal, so--
Shut up. Jeremy, welcome aboard, I'll
see you in a few minutes.
(ON HER WAY OUT) 30 minutes to air.
NATALIE AND JEREMY EXIT. AFTER THEY ARE OUT OF EARSHOT, CASEY
WAITS A MOMENT BEFORE SAYING...
I'm tired of it, Danny.
I said I'm tired of it. Really.
I don't--tired of what?
CASEY GOES TO THE ANCHOR DESK AND PICKS UP ONE OF THE SCRIPT PAGES
DAN WAS WORKING WITH--
(READING) "But first this: Sacramento
Kings back-up power forward Jayson
Grissom was released by a judge in
Houston this morning after posting
a $5000 bond--" (PUTTING DOWN THE
COPY) -- which, by the way, he paid
in cash that he happened to have in
This isn't an abberation, this is
every God damn night, and I'm tired
of it. Assault, Sexual Assault,
Battery, Wife Beating, Prostitution,
Drugs, and I'm not even talking about
what goes on during the damn games.
A batter shows you up with a home
run? Next time at the plate, whip
a baseball at his head. That's
gamesmenship? Isn't it also assault
with a deadly weapon, to say nothing
of unsportsmanlike? I'm tired of it.
When was the last time something good
happened in sports? When's the last
time we reported something sportsworthy?
I'm a P.R. man. I'm a P.R. man for
punks and thugs. I'm a P.R.
man for the Corleone Family. Who's
supposed to be his male role model
Who am I telling him to cheer for?
Some idiot with a crow bar breaks
a skater's leg? A Goalie who gets
arrested at LAX with a .38 in his
gym bag? (LONG PAUSE) These
are his heros. I have an eight
year old son I get to see on
Wednesdays and alternate weekends,
and these are his heros. And I'm
tired of it.
(BEAT) Well... quitting your job
oughta do the trick.
No, I mean it, you're showing a
helluva a lot of wisdom. You should
definitely quit your job, 'cause
that way, sports'll be good again,
your wife'll take you back, and
you can be a role model for your
son. Children often look up to the
bitter and unemployed. Are you
(STARTING TO LEAVE) I'll see you
Yeah, one thing you definitely
don't want to do is talk to your
friends, I wouldn't do that.
(TURNING AROUND) You know, I know
you're pissed, but canning the
sarcasm wouldn't be outa line.
I've been here every day, Casey.
Every day! And I've kept my
mouth shut, 'cause that's what
you asked me to do. But if
you'd asked me, I'd have told
you. I'd have told you that
Lisa's an angry, unhappy,
punishing woman who doesn't
love you. She doesn't even
like you. And someone who makes
you unhappy, Casey, shoots right
to the top of my "Don't-Mess-With-
Me" list. The people here like
you. Me, Isaac, Dana, Natalie,
Elliot, Kim... I don't know who
this new guy Jeremy is, but he
seems to like you fine. These
are people who love you and know
what you've been--
KIM RUNS INTO THE STUDIO--
--what you've been going through,
and for six months--
--for six months you've shown
us the back of your hand. And
now you're gonna show us the
door. Wise move, Casey.
Excuse me, fellas?
Yeah, I'm pissed. And I'm tired of
There's something going on you're
gonna wanna see.
KIM LEAVES THE STUDIO... DAN AND CASEY LOOK AT EACH OTHER, THEN
WALK/RUN AFTER HER.
INT. NEWSROOM - CONTINUOUS
AS KIM TROTS IN, FOLLOWED BY DAN AND CASEY, THEY JOIN DANA,
NATALIE, ISAAC AND THE ENTIRE OFFICE STAFF, SOME 30 OR 40 PEOPLE,
ALL STARING UP AT THE BANK OF TV MONITORS.
What's going on?
(SHOUTING) Can we get some audio?!
(RE: THE SCREEN) That time can't be
He's been leading from the start.
Danny, can that time be right?!
(SHOUTING) We need audio!
SFX: WE HEAR A STADIUM FULL OF SCREAMING PEOPLE AND THE VOICES
TWO ANNOUNCERS WHO ARE SHOUTING THEIR LUNGS OUT TO BE HEARD OVER
ANNOUNCER #1 (VO)
--never seen anything like it! This
stadium is going absolutely crazy!
ANNOUNCER #2 (VO)
With 900 meters left, at 41 years old,
Ntozake Nelson is on a pace to
absolutely shatter the world record!!
(TO THE SCREEN) Well you go ahead boy.
AND ISAAC'S QUIET ADMONITION IS A CUE FOR EVERYONE TO UNLEASH
THEIR PASSION AT THE SCREEN--
DAN/DANA/NATALIE, ET AL
RUN! DIG! GET IT! GO! ETC.!
(TO DAN) Is he gonna do this?
Does it look to you like he's
planning on slowing down?
(TO THE SCREEN) RUN!!!
AS THE STADIUM CROWD, THE ANNOUNCERS AND THE STAFF CONTINUE THEIR
FRENZY, CASEY PICKS UP A TELEPHONE AND DIALS...
(INTO THE PHONE) Lisa, it's me.
Can I talk to him?...Charley, hey,
it's dad. You finish your
homework?... Turn on your TV,
I want you to watch this.
ISAAC, WHO'S STANDING NEXT TO CASEY, TURNS HIS HEAD SLIGHTLY...
(TO CASEY) Welcome back.
CASEY SMILES. AMIDST THE SHOUTING, DANA HANGS UP A PHONE--
(SHOUTING) They're gonna bounce to
us for a 15 second promo at the
end of the race, I need the first
team in the studio. Now! Casey,
we gotta move!
(INTO PHONE) I gotta go, pal,
if you wanna stay up and watch
the show, you gotta ask your
(HURRYING HIM) Casey--
I love you, Charley, I'll talk
to you tomorrow.
MOST OF THE CROWD HAS ALREADY STREAMED INTO THE STUDIO AND CONTROL
ROOM WHERE MONITORS ARE STILL SHOWING THE END OF THE RACE. CASEY
HUSTLES TO JOIN THE OTHERS AS WE
INT. STUDIO/CONTROL ROOM - CONTINUOUS
DAN IS ALREADY AT THE DESK AS CASEY HURRIES IN--
I need a 15 second promo, no
time for copy, who wants it?
I got it.
We're live in 30, on the light.
(TO DAN) Excuse me, do you mind if
I pass through Danny-World on my way
Oh you're feelin' pretty good now,
Look. I was wrong. You were right.
I apologize. It won't happen
You wanna do something tonight
after the show?
Hey, well I was gonna ride the
Staten Island Ferry for a while.
Eat a hot dog. You wanna come?
Yeah, Dan, it's 17 degress outside
with the wind chill, so what I
wanna do is stand on a boat in the
middle of New York Harbor at
You got a better idea?
We could go to a bar, find some
people we don't like, beat the
crap out of 'em...
(RE: THE CAMERA) Heads up--
In three, two--
(INTO CAMERA) I'm Casey McCall
alongside Dan Rosen. Lakers-Sonics,
Pistons-Heat and Ntozake Nelson
takes the Gold at the Games. Stay
tuned for Sports Night comin' at
the top of the hour. You'll be
glad you did.
EVERYONE STARTS MOVING AROUND--
We're up in nine minutes.
Dana, come here a second.
What do you need?
DANA WALKS OVER TO CASEY.
CASEY TAKES HER ARM AND SAYS, DIRECTLY IN HER EAR--
There's no one can produce this show
DANA'S QUITE TAKEN WITH THIS AS CASEY KISSES HER GENTLY ON THE
You've got nine minutes. Change
your shirt. My mascara's on your
(SHOUTING) Elliot, let's not take
any chances with the satellite feed
from Buenos Aires. Get somebody
on the phone and make sure we're
ELLIOT STARTS TO RUN OUT--
HE STARTS OUT--
FADE TO BLACK