July 19th, 2012
11:09 AM ET
Although it's been picked up for a second season, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" has weathered a healthy amount of criticism.
His pilot for the HBO drama, which premiered in June, was said to be rich with "many, many problems"; filled with cartoonish characters; and, a criticism that Sorkin has since addressed, lacking in authenticity.
Sorkin told NPR's Fresh Air that he's always envisioned "The Newsroom" to be "aspirational."
"I like writing about heroes that don't wear capes or disguises; it's aspirational," he said. "You feel like, 'Gee, it looks like the real world and feels like the real world - why can't that be the real world?' ... The show is meant to be a fantasy set against very real and oftentimes very serious events."
In his perspective, "the critics and the audience who are reacting as hostilely to the show as they are" partially think that Sorkin's "showing off an intellect and an erudition that I don't have," he said.
"I'm not pretending to have it. I know that I don't have it," Sorkin assured NPR's Terry Gross. "I phonetically create the sound of smart people talking to each other. I'm not one of them. The characters I create would have no use for me."
Listen to the interview in full here. What do you think of "The Newsroom" so far?
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