‘The Newsroom’ Season 2 Down to Nine Episodes After Aaron Sorkin “False Start”
Though numerous criticisms have been leveled at HBO’s Aaron Sorkin-scripted ‘The Newsroom‘ since its inaugural season last summer, we remain optimistic over the revamped second season debuting on July 14. That said, it seems writing difficulties and production mishaps have reduced the second season’s length from 10 to 9 episodes overall, as Sorkin admitted a “false start” to shooting, among other idiosyncrasies.
As we learned from The Hollywood Reporter‘s in-depth and revealing profile of ‘The Newsroom’ season 2, the Emmy and Oscar-winning creator surprisingly admitted that the second season’s flashback-based format ended up creating a problem with the narrative, one which required reshoots to fix after two episodes had already undergone production.
“I doubt HBO’s going to be happy with my telling you this, but I got off to a false start with season two,” Sorkin told the outlet, noting that some attempted to warn him of the story’s structural headaches as he shot. “With my hat in my hand, I went to HBO and said, ‘Would it be all right if I started again? I know it’s going to cost time and it’s going to cost a lot of money.’ Other networks would have said no.” HBO ultimately acquiesced to finance the reshoots, as Sorkin rewrote the season’s third episode and re-purposed existing footage, though the network ultimately reduced the episode order from 10 to 9.
The second season features appearances by ‘Justified‘ star Patton Oswalt as the fictional networks new vice president of human resources, Marcia Gay Harden as litigator Rebecca Halliday and Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer as a reporter embedded within the Mitt Romney campaign. We know that much of season 2 will focus on the 2012 elections, but Sorkin added events such as Trayvon Martin, the Affordable Care Act, drones, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Muammar Gaddafi.
Episode reduction or no, we’re still eagerly anticipating the Aaron Sorkin drama’s second season premiere on July 14. You can check out the latest trailer for ‘The Newsroom’ season 2 below, be sure to read the Hollywood Reporter’s full piece, and give us your thoughts in the comments!