Aaron Sorkin Apologizes For First Two Seasons of The Newsroom Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.22.2014
He wishes he could start over...
Fans of HBO's The Newsroom have come to appreciate the Aaron Sorkin-created series' biting take on the state of mainstream news today. Through Jeff Daniels' lead character of Will McAvoy, the show has seemed for the last two seasons to have no apologies about its willingness to skewer cable news networks like CNN, FOX News and MSNBC for the downfall of news coverage in the last several years. However, while the show may be unapologetic, Sorkin himself feels otherwise. The showrunner spoke at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday (via TV Line) ahead of the show's final season this coming fall and said that he's sorry for the way the show has been perceived.
Sorkin told the crowd, "I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I'd like to start over." He noted that he didn't intend to for the show to be perceived as taking shots at news reporters, saying, "That was and remains the furthest thing from my mind. 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."
It's very much worth noting that Sorkin specifically mentions journalists and reporters, and not the cable networks themselves or the bigwigs that run them. The Newsroom has always portrayed the men and women in the trenches of the news wars as soldiers of a sort and possessed with a certain nobility, even Hope Davis' gossip columnist Nina Howard. But it has had no compunctions about knocking the higher-ups. Sorkin didn't say anything specifically about the networks, so he may well be saving his apologies specifically toward the reporters.
As to the show's upcoming final season, he said that the show would handle incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombing. The season is in production and will premiere later this year.