Aaron Sorkin talks 'The Newsroom' in his latest NPR interview with host Terry Gross

Reviews for HBO's "The Newsroom" have been mixed so far with both critics and viewers spread across a polarized spectrum. Four episodes into the first season, it seems people are still trying hard to placeAaron Sorkin's latest project within the ranks of his previous works, which include the Oscar-winning film "The Social Network," and Emmy-winning show "The West Wing."In his latest interview with NPR host, Terry Gross, Sorkin discusses the reasoning behind some of his "Newsroom" decisions, while giving insight into his own particular writing process."I like writing idealistically and romantically, and if you can do that in a place that's usually looked at cynically, the way journalism is now, you can get something fun out of it," says Sorkin. His characters, as a result, are "aspirational."On why he chose to embed real news events within the show he says, "It's sort of a gift that kept giving because you have the fun of the...

Aaron Sorkin Says 'The Newsroom' Is 'Fantasy'

Although Aaron Sorkin's HBO series " The Newsroom " has earned criticism, with journalists calling its portrayal of the industry unrealistic, the creator told NPR's "Fresh Air" that "The Newsroom" is meant to be a fantasy. "I like writing about heroes that don’t wear capes and disguises," Sorkin told "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross of the criticism. "It's aspirational. 'Gee, it looks like the real world and feels like the real world, why can't this be the real world?' The metaphor of Don Quixote is used, all kinds of lost cities are used: Atlantis, Brigadoon ... The show is meant to be a fantasy set against very real and oftentimes very serious events." Sorkin isn't alone in defending his series: The stars of "The Newsroom" are behind him as well . "Sorkin loves journalists, loves the media, loves the news," Olivia Munn, who plays Sloan Sabbith, told Vulture . "I don’t believe the show is his soapbox for him to lecture the media on how to be better. On the contrary, I believe his show is an opportunity to help the audience fall in love with the news again." To listen to Sorkin's full "Fresh Air" interview, click over to NPR . "The Newsroom" airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO.

'The Newsroom's' Emily Mortimer prefers dolls over Legos

Zap2it: How did you prepare for "The Newsroom" role as a producer in cable news?Emily Mortimer: I went for a morning at CNN here [in New York] and saw many shows get done. I sat in the control room. I went with our wonderful costume designer, Albert, who set the look. I went with him and said, 'Albert we are talking about these pencil skirts and nipped-in jackets.' I looked at this girl doing my job, and she's in jeans and a T-shirt. She's a normal person, but [my character] isn't, and he said, 'You are going to wear the pencil skirt and nipped-in jackets.' My friend, Shaminder Nahal, does exactly this job in England.Zap2it: What do you like to do with your kids?Emily Mortimer: With my 8-year-old boy, it is very hard to try to pretend to be interested in games where you have to do Legos. I can't do the sort of lingo...

The Newsroom (HBO) “I’ll Try to Fix You” Episode 4

The Newsroom  “I’ll Try to Fix You” Episode 4  airs Sunday July 15 at 10 pm ET/PT. Episode Synopsis :  Will’s “mission to civilize” takes a hit when he finds himself in the tabloid spotlight. Wade approaches  Will with info on the government’s flagging ability to fight  financial crime ; Don gets Maggie to fix Jim up with her roommate, Lisa; Sloan strikes out as a matchmaker; and Neal’s “Bigfoot is real” pitch falls on deaf ears. Against Reese’s wishes, Will refuses to follow the media rumor mill and make a call on a breaking story. Read More...