Sorkin's The Newsroom panned by critics

Felicity Thistlethwaite
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Jeff Daniels and Aaron Sorkin
The latest creation from TV whizz Aaron Sorkin hasn't gone down well in the states…
All-new American TV series The Newsroom has premiered across the US, with critics unceremoniously panning the long-awaited journalism drama.
Created by Aaron Sorkin, the brain-child behind huge US TV show The West Wing, the series has been in development since 2009, so the build-up to the first episode was like no other.
Speaking to the BBC, Sorkin said: "I like writing idealistically and romantically, and if you can do that in a setting that is ordinarily a place for cynicism and pessimism the way we view journalism now, you can do something fun and that's what I wanted to do."
Described as a "behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program," on HBO's official The Newsroom website, TV critics took to the web to slam The Newsroom, with many taking chunks out of Creator Sorkin's script writing and character development!
Lead character Will McAvoy is played by Tony Award winner Jeff Daniels, with no-nonsense Executive Producer Mackenzie MacHale played by Shutter Island's Emily Mortimer. The back-and-forth hits between these two characters hints that their (strictly professional) relationship may well be a tumultuous one.
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