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HBO’s “The Newsroom” Reportedly to Fire Half of their Writers

Aaron Sorkin, pushing the invisible “fire everybody on my writing staff (except my ex)” button.

So Aaron Sorkin is apparently just as big of a controlling dick as his character, Will McAvoy. Gotta take one to write one, I guess.

Via HuffPo:

The writers’ room at “The Newsroom” is going to look very different come Season 2. According to The Daily, creator Aaron Sorkin has reportedly fired the entirety of the show’s writing staff with the exception of ex-girlfriend Corinne Kinsbury.

A separate report from EW cites a show insider who insists the layoffs aren’t quite so severe. “Every year each show reassesses the needs of its writing staffs,” HBO told EW in a statement. “This process is nothing out of the ordinary.”

I think it’s important to remember that even mostly consistently good writers are not infallible. Even Sorkin’s The West Wing started to fall off a bit in later seasons, and I still think that there were parts of The Social Network that were slow.

I hope he puts his hubris in check. Because I’m really enjoying “The Newsroom” and don’t want every character to end up as a phallus-shaped avatar of Sorkin.