Though I appreciate HBO’s desire to save their writing staff’s reputation by calling it normal to sack nearly all of Sorkin’s writing staff for ‘The Newsroom,’ the truth is — it isn’t normal. It might be normal to replace a few writers, but if the rumors are true and the entire staff was overhauled, then they are likely restructuring in response to some harsh critics of the show. The business is brutal, and if the ratings don’t stand up to the network’s expectation, changes are made extremely fast. Plus, something tells me Aaron Sorkin is not an easy guy to deal with in the writer’s room, and his own personal standards as the show’s creator (and God of all entertainment writing) might have also contributed to HBO’s decision.
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Or maybe its because you can watch a crazy liberal spin on the news on MSNBC, obviating the need to watch fiction on HBO.