You would think after getting picked up for a second season after the first two episodes, Aaron Sorkin and the rest of The Newsroom's writing staff would be on cloud nine. And yet, another two episodes later and almost all of the writing staff are getting their pink slips.
While ratings have been okay (the debut was the third highest for HBO since 2008, but don't ask us why that year is significant), reviews have generally been terrible. It started at first with Emily Nussbaum's brilliant New Yorker review, and continued from there. Our colleague Richard Lawson thought it was a, ahem, flawed hour of television. Just today, Salon's Alex Pareene writes that The Newsroom succeeds despite Sorkin, not because of him. It's "phenomenally bad good TV." The performances are great! "So is the production, and the direction, and even the editing!" he says. But it's all there to cover up the shortcomings of the show's biggest villain: Sorkin.