Aaron Sorkin shedding 'Newsroom' writing staff

Actor Jeff Daniels stars in HBO drama "The Newsroom."

Story highlights

  • HBO drama "The Newsroom" is getting rid of some of its writers for season 2
  • HBO said this cut is part of an ordinary yearly reassessment of writing-staff needs
  • "The Newsroom" is performing fair in ratings, averaging around 2 million viewers
Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama "The Newsroom" is shaking up its writing staff for season 2. The series is getting rid of some of its scribes, HBO confirms.
One report said Sorkin fired most of the writers on the show except his "ex-girlfriend [Corinne Kinsbury]." One source close to the show, however, says the "Newsroom" layoff body count isn't quite that high.
"Every year each show reassesses the needs of its writing staffs," HBO said in a statement. "This process is nothing out of the ordinary."
In other words, the network is telling us news writers that "The Newsroom" firings are not newsworthy. As a critique of the media by a writer as esteemed as Sorkin, however, HBO has to know that what's going on behind the scenes at "The Newsroom" is going to draw heavy media interest. Sorkin has also recently been defending the show against critics.
So far, "The Newsroom" has performed fair in the ratings, averaging around 2 million viewers for its premiere episodes.