Olivia Munn has apparently spoken to Aaron Sorkin about a return to the small screen for ‘The Newsroom’. Munn, who played finance expert (putting it lightly) Sloan Sabbith on the show recently told Entertainment Tonight:
“Tom Sadoski and myself, we’ve actually been having conversations with Sorkin about that.”
“He’s very busy, but we have very high hopes that it would be able to come together, hopefully.”
Before beginning her career as an actor, Munn earned a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Japanese from the University of Oklahoma. “As somebody who went to journalism school and has such love for journalists and media, it was to me that show was always a love letter to journalists, showing the struggles of what they go through to really tell the stories they want to tell.”
Aaron Sorkin has since confirmed that he doesn’t intend to reboot the show, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea. ‘The Newsroom’ ran for three seasons between 2012 and 2014. Set in the recent past, the staff of the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) reported on real global events including Deepwater Horizon and the Boston Marathon bombing. But after really finding its feet with season 2, the show was dealt a devastating blow. Despite generally favourable reviews, the third season was to be its last. And with only six episodes to work with, Sorkin didn’t really have to time to fully explore the underlying themes of whistleblowing and citizen journalism, nor bring the show to a satisfying close. Certain characters were also left with little to do. It is worth noting however, that in true Sorkin fashion, season 3 was still very entertaining. Nevertheless, it would be great to see the show make a comeback.
Let’s face it, there have been some incredible global events for the ACN team to cover. Munn even said so when interviewed:
"There's been so much that has happened in the news and media that we could really speak on, and it'd really be interesting to see what his take would be on it and what 'The Newsroom' would do today."
Sorkin himself seemed to agree, whilst also debunking the rumour that the show would return. Appearing on "The Late Late Show", the writer/director stated "I wish the show was on the air now." Just think what has happened in the world since the show went off air. There's the 2016 presidential election...and Trump. The wall...and Trump. The shutdown...and Trump. The California wild fires...and Trump. He really is a gold mine of news, not to mention buffoonery! And his rivalry with the press would only make the show more relevant, and fun. Will McAvoy's (Jeff Daniels) attack on the Tea Party would look civil in comparison to his reporting on Trump. At the end of season 3, Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill) was headed to the DC Bureau as a Field Producer. This puts her in a perfect position to cover Trump's troubles with the First Amendment. Then there's Brexit, although they might want to handle that one delicately, most Brits are pretty sick of hearing about that right now. Lets not forget Syria and the rise of ISIS, which would make an interesting follow up given that the show already covered the Arab Spring and the riots in Egypt against President Mubarak. What world events would you like to see them cover?
As a fan, I always felt the show came to an end too quickly. Sorkin really struck gold with 'The Newsroom' and I would like to see it come back, even if just for a season or two so the team can get the ending they deserve. It would be interesting to see where these characters find themselves after the changes that were implemented at the end of season 3. Although Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston) would be sorely missed, but maybe he could return for a flashback here and there.
Unfortunately, at this point the idea of a return for 'The Newsroom' is nothing but a pipe dream. That's not to say it won't happen, especially if the cast and crew are excited - like Olivia Munn - to return. I mean, how many times has someone in Hollywood said no to something, and then done the complete opposite? But it's unlikely to happen any time soon.
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