‘The Newsroom’ Season 3 to Cover Boston Marathon Bombing, Aaron Sorkin Already Apologizing
Surprised though we were to see HBO agree to make season 3 of Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' its final season, the early end has nothing on his latest revelations about the journalism drama. Speaking from a recent conference, Sorkin straight up apologized for criticism of the series, simultaneously previewing a few major world events that will end up covered (*cough* scrutinized) when 'The Newsroom' returns this summer.
“I’m going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don’t mind. 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 New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on Monday evening, responding to moderator Jon Favreau's questions about how the media interprets the series. In particular, Sorkin spoke about criticism that the series' one-year-behind approach to real-world events wasn't meant to serve as hindsight criticism of actual news outlets.
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. That was and remains the furthest thing from my mind. 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… 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 also revealed that an upcoming episode would handle the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, though he himself had not been on the California set to oversee its production. The second season similarly courted a bit of flack for potentially covering the December 2012 Newtown Massacre, though the story primarily focused on the 2012 elections.
What do you think? Does Sorkin's "apology" for 'The Newsroom' redeem any of the HBO drama's more troublesome habit? What would you like to see the third and final season cover, when it premieres later on this year?