'The Newsroom': Aaron Sorkin defends his female characters, says writers weren't fired


Six weeks into its life on HBO, "The Newsroom" has become to this summer what "Girls" was to the spring: television's lightning-rod show, dissected for every perceived misstep and off-base character portrayal.And to a certain extent, creator Aaron Sorkin doesn't mind that: "We all know there were critics who didn't enjoy watching the first four episodes, and there were critics who did," Sorkin said Wednesday (Aug. 1) at the TV Critics Association press tour. "Obviously you'd prefer praise for the show to be unanimous, but anytime people are talking this much about a TV show, it's good for television."Since Sorkin (along with "Newsroom" star Jeff Daniels and director/executive producer Alan Poul) was facing some of the people leading that discussion at TCA, the room was expecting some fireworks. That didn't quite happen, but in a polite but fairly contentious session, he defended the show and his portrayal of its female characters and shot down reports...



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