Aaron Sorkin, the man behind the scripts of everything from “The West Wing” to “A Few Good Men” to “The Social Network,” has a new show on HBO – “The Newsroom,” which features Jeff Daniels and his band of cohorts trying to reinvent how we report and absorb news in this country. Sorkin stopped “The Colbert Report” Thursday night (June 28) to talk about the show.
“I think that the news is looked at very cynically now and I wanted to write about it idealistically and romantically,” says Sorkin. “This show is a swash-buckling romantic comedy and it’s really a fantasy set against real-world events.”
When asked if you have to be a news aficionado to enjoy the show, Sorkin says, “I think that this how is going to succeed or fail for the same reason for any other show does. How engaged is the audience with the characters, with their personal lives and with their relationships. It’s not going to succeed or fail on whether you’re a news junkie or not.”
And finally, Colbert poses to Sorkin the question that is posed to Daniels’ character in “The Newsroom” pilot – that is, what makes America the greatest country in the world.
“Honestly, I think it’s the fact that we want to do better. That we’ve set certain goals for ourselves, we think there’s a certain way America should be … and even if we aren’t that, we want to be that. We can do better,” says Sorkin.
“The Newsroom” airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.