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It may be the off-season, but it’s good to hear things are ticking away behind-the-scenes at HBO’s The Newsroom. New information has been released regarding the season 1 DVD, a quick-fire Q&A with showrunner Aaron Sorkin has him answering all kinds of questions, and which TV and film star hates The Newsroom showrunner?

Who hates Sorkin?

"ed asner the newsroom"That would be Ed Asner, known for his work as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and for providing the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up. But did you know, he worked with Sorkin on Studio 60? The star told Vulture:

“I hate Aaron Sorkin because he didn’t hire me.”

Asner was obviously joking, as he went on to discuss the kind of role he would like to play should he appear on The Newsroom. His dream role? “I could be Fox News.”

Aaron Sorkin Q&A

The Hollywood Reporter has listed its Top 50 Showrunners, and The Newsroom‘s Aaron Sorkin features in the drama category. Sorkin was as cagey as usual in the fast Q&A, however he did give us a few behind-the-scenes details to tide us over.

On the most difficult scene to write this year, Sorkin said:

The first scene of The Newsroom. Starting is always the hardest for me.

The rest of the interview covered his influences, proudest accomplishments and favourite writers. Sorkin also described several strange responses he had to particular West Wing episodes and storylines. And our favourite answer? In giving advice on overcoming writer’s block, Sorkin suggested “talking it out with the writing staff” and (assumedly joking) “sometimes beating up an intern.”

‘The Newsroom’ season 1 DVD

Eagle-eyed fans may have noticed the DVD for season 1 of The Newsroom pop up on pre-release on HBO’s website. Unfortunately we still don’t know when the DVD will be released, and by the sounds of it the special features are still being developed.

The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels recently tweeted:

The Newsroom season 1 will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD formats, and American fans can sign-up now to be notified when pre-orders begin. No artwork or details have been released as of yet.

The Newsroom: The Complete First Season Blu-ray with HBO Select will retail for $79.98.
The Newsroom: The Complete First Season DVD will retail for $59.99.

‘The Newsroom’ season 2

We are getting closer now to the confirmed date for The Newsroom season 2 filming. You can read the confirmed season 2 casting news, and check out our Newsroom season 2 predictions. The Newsroom will return to HBO screens in June 2013.

To keep up-to-date on The Newsroom, look no further than Hypable’s Aaron Sorkin podcast, The Sorkin Series. Now we are in The Newsroom off-season, the bi-weekly/fortnightly podcast is analyzing two episodes of The West Wing each show. Watch along with our hosts, subscribe on iTunes so you never miss an episode, and follow on Twitter @SorkinSeries for updates.

Image credits: Kevin Scanlon for The New York Times, IMDB

  • Greg

    I loved this show. It will definitely be nominated for some Emmys next year!

  • Nathan Zebrowski

    I miss this show! It is always engaging; there are always very smart and snappy conversations. True, it is self-righteous, sometimes even bigoted, sometimes hard to take in its hard-sell of positions, but it’s always worth it. I’ll take the smug superiority as long as that crackling conversation keeps coming in at the smartness frequency it was tuned to during the first season. Also has one of my favorite psychoanalysts ever. The best comedy here is the serious psychological insight that break through the harping. That’s how the light gets in, and makes it all worth it. Great portrayals of a group coming together for a greater cause, too. Can’t wait for next season.

  • Sally Mac

    One of the best and most significant series on HBO — and that’s s some tough competition! I can’t help but think that the show had SOME effect on the elections. It makes people think and shines a bright light on hypocrisy and lies..

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