Aaron Sorkin apologized for the first two seasons of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” telling an audience at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, “You and I got off on the wrong foot,” reports BuzzFeed.
“I’d like to start over,” Sorkin said. He was responding to a question from interviewer Jon Favreau about what he learned about the media during the series.
"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,” Sorkin said. “I set the show in the recent past because I didn’t want to make up fake news. It was going to be weird if the world that these people were living in did not in any way resemble the world that you were living in. … Also, I wanted the option of having a terrific dynamic that you can get when the audience knows more than the characters do.”
He added, “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.”
Sorkin, who is also known for "The West Wing" and "Sports Night" along with his work in features including "Moneyball" and "A Few Good Men," added: “I like writing romantically and idealistically. I try to balance that with just enough realism so that it feels like whatever romantic ideal is in there is somewhat attainable. It’s not a cartoon. It’s not animated. … These are people who are trying to do the news well when market forces work against them.”
"The Newsroom," which ended its second season in September, is set to return to HBO for a third and final season this fall. The series stars Jeff Daniels.