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The Approval Matrix - Week of Oct. 31, 2005

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.


The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin will return to television with a sitcom that takes place behind the scenes of a Saturday Night Live–style show in Los Angeles; the first celebrity host will reportedly be Desperate Housewives’ Felicity Huffman, who once starred on Sorkin’s Sports Night. . . . The Black Crowes have scheduled a Madison Square Garden show (their first ever at the venue) to take place this New Year’s Eve, with indie rockers My Morning Jacket and North Mississippi All-Stars providing support. . . . The 40-Year-Old Virgin’s Steve Carrell has signed on to star in Universal’s Juvenile, a comedy about a man who’s sentenced to a term in a juvenile-detention center after being convicted of a crime he committed as a minor. . . . Spike Lee is set to direct and produce When the Levee Broke, a documentary about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, to air on HBO next year. . . . Eric Clapton has signed a deal to write the story of his life for Doubleday; he also plans to release a career-spanning box set and hit the road for a solo tour.