Sorkin has fired his writing staff.
http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/07...rkin-newsroom/Aaron Sorkin has been doing press all week defending his critically-panned HBO show, “The Newsroom,” but behind the scenes he's cleaning house.
Most of the writers on the cable drama about a Keith Olbermann-type television news demagogue have been fired, sources with knowledge of the show told The Daily. "They're not coming back, except for Sorkin's ex-girlfriend [Corinne Kinsbury]," one source said. [Sorkin is currently dating "Sex and the City" actress Kristin Davis.]
The show was renewed early for a second season and it's unclear how many writers will replace the departing staff.
In the mostly collaborative world of TV, Sorkin is famously known for penning most the scripts himself, and "The Newsroom" had a smaller writers' room than most TV shows with less than 10 credited writers. It's not uncommon on other TV series run by powerful showrunners to turn over staff.
"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner is known to replace scripters every season, sometimes right after they turn in an episode.
“I create these shows so that I can write them,” Sorkin told Vanity Fair in the May issue. “I’m not an empire builder. I’m not interested in just producing. All I want to do is write. I came up as a playwright — writing is something you do by yourself in a room."
“That said, I couldn’t possibly write the show without that room full of people. I go in there, and we kick around ideas. I’m writing about all kinds of things I don’t know anything about. So they do research for me,” the Oscar-winner added.
A rep for HBO told The Daily, "Every year each show reassesses the needs of its writing staffs. This process is nothing out of the ordinary." — Soo Youn
This is definitely no West Wing.
Every scene is shot like Broadway play with over the top dialogue preaching the typical liberal holier than though BS message.
The only reason this is on HBO is because no network would ever be able to sell the advertising to sustain it.
It is the whole liberal BS thing. Take the voter ID and voter fraud thing.
It starts out with "Dorothy Cooper doesn't have a driver's license because Dorothy Cooper does not have a car." What does having a car have to do with possessing a state issued photo ID? States also issue ID cards. The states have offered to issue voter ID's free of charge to the poor.
How do you live in this world today without a photo ID? WTF do you when you have to go to the bank or pay for something when using a credit card and get ID'd? In all honesty if you cannot be bothered to get a photo ID (free of charge) how intently are you following the issues?
So now we got only 86 cases of voter fraud during 5 years of President Bush's presidency. Only 86? I am not buying it. All over the country a HUGE amount of people were reporting they were getting SS checks for long deceased family members. The news thought it was great - incompetent government at its best - until it was determined the checks were issued because all these people had recently been registered to vote. Seeing how the Democratic party is THE party of voter fraud the liberal press just dropped it.
We put forth more effort ensuring the integrity of the voting process in Iraq and Afghanistan than we do in our own elections.
When it comes to requiring people to show a photo ID to vote it "puts undue strain on a person's constitutional rights" and disenfranchises people. But there is not any undue strain when I have to show photo ID, get fingerprinted & photographed, go through an interview, fill out forms, have a background check performed, and pay $100 before the state issues me a gun permit.
One thing that is accurate is how it depicts the news people as a bunch of liberal douche bags that are fixated on pushing their agenda instead of reporting things down the middle.
This show went on HBO because Sorkin could not sell it anywhere else. The West Wing was superb. This show at its best isn't The West Wing at its worst.
Last edited by kmf; 08-29-2012 at 11:12 PM.
Voter ID was one of the weaker points, but their overlying point is that both parties have moved so far over that those previously aligned with Republicans are now better aligned with the Democrats, repulsed by the extremism of the Republicans, or both.
That's the problem with running a series backed with a lot of recent history. That recipe inevitably means a short life for the show or a weaker show. Sorkin does have problems with creating shows that are strong over many seasons. He has many moments of brilliance. I enjoy those, and accept that he can't keep stringing them together.
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