“I didn’t want to do fictional news,” Sorkin told the New York Times about the news stories his characters will deal with at The Newsroom‘s fictitious cable news network.
His upcoming series, following the behind-the-scenes drama at a news show, won’t be like The West Wing, where the president and Congress were fictional. Instead, Sorkin, wanting “all the news to be real,” spent time at MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann during the BP oil spill in 2010 for inspiration.
However, much like The West Wing – one of Sorkin’s previous TV ventures – The Newsroom will be set in a world that many people know little about and that many find fascinating. By many, I mean me. The hectic feel of the newsroom, the yelling and stress and the adrenaline are all reasons for why I chose to go down the terrifying path that is journalism. Here’s hoping this series lives up to its potential. I watch The West Wing when I miss reporting from D.C. The Newsroom might be my new go-to when I miss getting yelled at in a newsroom, which, oddly enough, is something I do miss.