The Newsroom’s third and final season is debuting this fall on HBO, but creator Aaron Sorkin told the crowd at a Tribeca Film Festival discussion on Monday that he’s just starting to learn how to write the often critically maligned series. And that he’s sorry.
“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 the audience after interviewer (and former President Obama speech writer) Jon Favreau asked about what he’s learned about the media doing 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. 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.”
How does it feel to go into the last season of The Newsroom? Are you excited, or is it sad to know that it’s the last season?
MUNN: I’m excited! It was up to Sorkin, if we were going to do another one, so we were all waiting. HBO still won’t let us out of our contracts, really, because they say, “Just in case Sorkin wants to do more, we can’t let anybody go.” But Sorkin writes every single episode, and that’s exhausting and that’s very hard, to always do that. So, he made a decision to do six more and tell that story. I’m excited, personally, for two reasons. One, it’s really exciting to be able to end a show on a high note. It’s exciting because we all get to go off and do other stuff. We get to have this experience, but also go off and do other projects. And as a friend of Aaron’s, I’m happy that he’s not being forced to keep writing something when he’s just exhausted, and he’s got other things that he wants to write. It’s so much better that way. I’m happy that we get to do six and end it. I’m sure other people have a different opinion, but I think it’s nice.
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It’s not that he doesn’t get her.
Olivia Munn says she and her boyfriend, The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman, have a small communication problem. She talks so fast that he can’t keep up.
“He tells me ‘Baby, slow down! I cannot understand you.’ And I think to myself, ‘Just listen faster!’ ”
The Newsroom star, featured in the May issue of Redbook, also talks about news, telling the mag:
“I think there’s entertainment news, which is like Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, that’s about the entertainment business. And then there is news as entertainment — and that’s what Nancy Grace is. I think you have to look at it differently; you cannot look at it as if you’re watching the news. It’s not news. They’re taking news and discussing it and debating it and doing God knows what with it, but it’s not news.”
Olivia Munn is known for her role as a brilliant and quirky financial reporter on The Newsroom, and as it turns out, that knowledge isn’t all an act.
“I had to study quite a bit for this role,” she told PEOPLE at Saturday night’s South By Southwest (SXSW) comedy opening party hosted by Late Night with Seth Meyers in Austin, Texas.
“I’m not quite at Sloan’s level; I’d say I could possibly teach seventh grade economics,” she adds, referring to her character, Sloan Sabbith. The upcoming third season of The Newsroom will be its last, HBO announced in January.
Meyers reveled in being out late on the weekend, having spent last Saturday night watching SNL.
John Gallagher is at SXSW and talked about The Newsroom – WATCH IT HERE
COMEDY SERIES DOLL & EM,
STARRING EMILY MORTIMER AND DOLLY WELLS,
DEBUTS MARCH 19, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
DOLL & EM, a six-episode comedy series starring Emily Mortimer (HBO’s “The Newsroom”) and Dolly Wells (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”), will debut WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), presenting two half-hour episodes back-to-back, followed by two episodes on both of the subsequent Wednesdays, March 26 and April 2.
Written by and starring real-life best friends Mortimer and Wells, DOLL & EM is a semi-improvised comedy exploring what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend as a personal assistant while making a film in Los Angeles. A bittersweet, intimate portrait of female friendship, the series follows their relationship through unexpected complications and surprising twists.
Visit the set of HBO’s The Newsroom and enjoy lunch with one of the producers!
From the mind of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and screenwriter of The Social Network and Moneyball, comes The Newsroom, a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on a network anchor (played by Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), the newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel) and their boss (Sam Waterston), the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles-not to mention their own personal entanglements.
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Gabby: Law & Order: SVU has been on point this year. What’s coming up when the show comes back after the Olympics?
Funny you should ask because we just got the juiciest of scoops. Donal Logue—he’s everywhere and we love it—will guest star in an upcoming very Rollins-heavy episode. Look for her gambling relapse to create a TON of drama. We all knew this day was coming. In a March episode, “Gambler’s Fallacy,” Rollins is made for a cop in an illegal gambling ring and she’s forced to join the fold to pay off her debt. Not a great look for a police officer. The risk of losing her badge is the least of her problems when something unthinkable happens on her watch. Thomas Sadoski reprises the role of Nate Davis and Stefanie Scott returns as Clare Wilson in the March 12 episode.
Academy- and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will receive the annual Screenwriters Tribute in June at the 19th annual Nantucket Film Festival. Actress Emily Mortimer, star of Sorkin’s HBO drama “The Newsroom,” will present him with the award at a tribute on June 28.
Sorkin is best known for his Oscar-winning adapted screenplay for “The Social Network,” and for creating acclaimed TV shows “The West Wing,” “Sports Night” and “The Newsroom.” Other film and TV credits include “Moneyball,” “Malice,” “The American President,” “Charlie Wilson’s War” and NBC’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”
The film adaptation of Sorkin’s Broadway playwriting debut, “A Few Good Men,” was nominated for four Academy Awards. Sorkin is next scheduled to adapt “Steve Jobs,” the Walter Isaacson biography of the late Apple co-founder, according to a press release today from the Nantucket festival.
“Aaron Sorkin has had a profound influence on the way stories are told on the big and small screens, and we are delighted he will be accepting our tribute and joining the ranks of the great NFF Screenwriters Tribute honorees of the past,” said Mystelle Brabbée, festival executive director, in the release. Past honorees have included David O. Russell, Nancy Meyers, Paul Haggis, Judd Apatow, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Steve Martin, Charlie Kaufman, and James Schamus.
The island film festival will take place this year on June 25-30.
Prior to “The Newsroom,” Mortimer collaborated with director Martin Scorsese on “Shutter Island” and “Hugo.” Other film credits include “Young Adam,” “Dear Frankie,” “Match Point,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” and Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely & Amazing, for which Mortimer won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. Next month, Mortimer will star in HBO’s “Doll & Em,” a semi-improvised comedy exploring what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend as a personal assistant. Mortimer co-wrote the comedy and will co-star with real-life best friend Dolly Wells.