Breaking News! Or at least contrite news. Aaron Sorkin, writer and creator of HBO’s drama ‘The Newsroom,’ a show that is entering its third and final season this fall, has apologized for the series thus far.
“I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with 'The Newsroom' and I apologize and I’d like to start over,” Sorkin told an audience at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
As reported by Buzzfeed, Sorkin was looking to explain the setting of the series and atone for any misunderstandings and presumptions. At its most basic, ‘The Newsroom’ follows a fictional nightly news program that covers actual real-life events, more or less time-delayed.
“I did not set the show in the recent past in order to show the pros how it should have been done,” he explained. “I set the show in the recent past because I didn’t want to make up fake news…So, 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.”
To be clear, Sorkin is not apologizing for any of the criticism he has received for the way he writes female characters, or for the fact that he has been documented recycling phrases, metaphors, and storylines.
Sorkin found much success creating ‘The West Wing,’ a series that followed the critically-praised but short-lived ‘Sports Night.’ He would go on to helm ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,’ a series about a late night sketch comedy show that includes a scene in which a writer champions network television and declines an offer to write for HBO.
“I feel like I’m just now starting to learn how to write it,” Sorkin said when asked if he was happy with the series so far. “I’ve very proud of ‘The Newsroom'….But there is a learning curve and unfortunately, those lessons are learned in front of several million people…I wish that I could go back to the beginning of 'The Newsroom' and start again and replicate what you have with a play, which is a preview period… But I’m feeling really good about how the third season is going. I’ll look back on it fondly and proudly and wish I could get every scene of every episode back so that I could do it all over again.”