Sorkin Wants To Start Over With The Newsroom?


Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has apologized for his polarizing series The Newsroom. He confessed he is just learning how to write it and that he would like to “start over”.

He made his return to television in 2012 with the debut of the news drama featuring Jeff Daniels as a no-nonsense TV news anchorman.

He admits he can understand why the audience didn’t get what he wanted to do with the show.

Sorkin also understands the show didn’t live up to the standards he thought it would, at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 21. The third and last season is due to air in U.S. this summer.

He explained,

“I think you (fans) and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I’d like to start over… I feel like I’m just now starting to learn how to write it.”
“I’ve very proud of it… but there is a learning curve and unfortunately, those lessons are learned in front of several million people… I wish I could get every scene of every episode back so that I could do it all over again.”

Oscar-winning star advocates his decision to place the plot in the recent history wasn’t meant to be a journalism lesson. The show features many stories on how media covered some of the main events, including the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the 2012 presidential election.

He said,

“I think that there’s been a terrible misunderstanding. I did not set the show in the recent past in order to show the pros how it should have been done… I set the show in the recent past because I didn’t want to make up fake news.”

“I wasn’t trying to and I’m not capable of teaching a professional journalist a lesson. That wasn’t my intent and it’s never my intent to teach you a lesson or try to persuade you or anything.”

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