Celebrity: Writers of The Newsroom (a.k.a. Aaron Sorkin)
We're all aware that Aaron Sorkin can be brilliant, and write a damn good monologue at that. But sadly, his new HBO series The Newsroom hasn't measured up to the quality of feathers in his cap like The West Wing, A Few Good Men, Moneyball, and The Social Network.
The series has a writing staff, but since Sorkin is notorious for hogging all the writing for himself and just using a staff to bounce ideas off of, we'll address this one directly to him: The series has the potential to be great, but it's not there yet. The world of broadcast news is a fascinating one, and if the show stuck to being a little subtler, and fleshed out the characters to explore their conflicts about their professions, and their complexities on and off the job, it would be just as fascinating. Series star Jeff Daniels is a brilliant actor and undoubtedly one of the best parts of the show, but considering his co-stars are people like Dev Patel, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, and Allison Pill, we should be saying that about the whole cast.
This can all be easily remedied: Sorkin should utilize his writing staff. Loosen the reigns a bit, let there be some variety and fresh perspectives in the scripts. No one likes a control freak. Besides, Sorkin would get final read-through anyway, at which time he'd have the opportunity to insert all the Sorkinisms his little heart desires. —Tanya Ghahremani