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The Newsroom - Season 2 Shorter Due to Reshoots

Aaron Sorkin About Problems While Writing

Normally, you'd think that famed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has enough experience to avoid that something like this happens. With his extraordinarily good White House series The West Wing that got drowned in awards and with his script for the Facebook film The Social Network that brought him the Oscar, Sorkin earned his merits in the industry. The expectations were thus high when The Newsroom aired on HBO. The series looks behind the curtains of a news outlet and has Jeff Daniels as a charismatic frontrunner. After the first season got both rave reviews and crushing critique, its return for the 2nd season will be very interesting.

The Hollywood Reporter accompanied Sorkin for a while and reports about his stressful work routine that is often characterized by writer's block and last minute completion of his episode scripts. During the work for the 2nd season of The Newsroom, Sorkin came to a point where he was dissatisfied with the way the plot was developing because it would have caused problems later on. So, despite having two episodes already in the can, he went to HBO asking them to start anew:

"I doubt HBO's going to be happy with my telling you this, but I got off to a false start with season two," he acknowledges, noting that only after he wrote the first three episodes and shot the first two did he realize that structural decisions he had made would prove problematic later in the season. He admits others had tried to warn him, but until he had finished the third script he was convinced he simply wasn't writing well enough. "With my hat in my hand, I went to HBO and said, 'Would it be all right if I started again? I know it's going to cost time and it's going to cost a lot of money.' Other networks would have said no."

HBO, however, agreed and as much material as could be used was taken from the finished episodes in order to realize Sorkin's alterations. Still, the 2nd season will only run with 9 episodes and thus offer one less than the first season. But who will cry about that when it was done to increase the overall quality.

The 2nd season of The Newsroom will start on HBO on July 14th, 2013. The first season can be ordered at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

Release: Jul 06, 2013 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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