On the same day that it has been confirmed for Australian television, HBO’s The Newsroom has just culled most of its writers.
US media reports creator Aaron Sorkin is replacing about half of its writing staff. This follows disappointing reviews by critics, despite audience enthusiasm for the show.
One source close to the show tells The Hollywood Reporter that all writing staff except for ex-girlfriend Corinne Kinsbury have been let go.
But sources tell E! News that there are more writers staying on staff than just Kinsbury.
“Every year each show reassesses the needs of its writing staffs. This process is nothing out of the ordinary,” HBO said in a statement.
Sorkin also responded to criticism of the show telling CNN: “I like writing about heroes that don’t wear capes or disguises; it’s aspirational,” he said. “You feel like, ‘Gee, it looks like the real world and feels like the real world – why can’t that be the real world?’ … The show is meant to be a fantasy set against very real and oftentimes very serious events.”
The series premiered to 2.1 million viewers, behind only Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones among HBO’s drama launches since 2008.
It begins on SoHo on August 20th.