Aaron Sorkin has found himself under fire lately from many different sources about his latest project The Newsroom, and in this very personal interview he gives a look at just how hard it is to do what he does so very well and how those struggles resulted in a shorter season 2.

Lately it seems that all of Sorkin’s biggest critics are taking their shots at him at once, commenting on the liberality of The Newsroom, along with the classic criticisms concerning the portrayal of women and the gift that hindsight brings when you are talking about structuring a show on news events of the recent past.

In this interview with The Hollywood Reporter, fans of The Newsroom get a rare glimpse inside the mind of Aaron Sorkin, and just what his process looks like. We have all grown so accustomed to his genius that we expect it to be easy, but apparently writing an episode of The Newsroom can mean taking up to 6 showers a day in the attempt to refocus and center on the task at hand.

“I’m not a germaphobe; it’s kind of a do-over,” Sorkin comments on the up to six showers he’ll sometimes take daily, It can be “horrible,” he acknowledges. “Writer’s block is like my default position. When I’m able to write something, that’s when something weird is going on.” It’s nice to know he faces the same writer’s block amateur authors the world over face day after day.

While he is very much aware of the criticisms his work has received since The Newsroom debuted last summer on HBO, Sorkin has a very healthy attitude as to how to tally forth into season 2, “I hope some of the people who were turned off by the show last year take a second look and maybe are a little bit happier,” he continues. “But you’re playing a dangerous game if you write to try to change people’s minds.”

We can only hope that in addition to the average 7.1 million viewers that tuned in week after week last season to see Sorkin’s newest endeavor, that a few of the naysayers will see the improvements made and find something to love in the misadventures of the crew at News Night.

He goes on to talk about how much of the first two or three episodes of The Newsroom season 2 had to be re-shot after a crisis of faith told him that he just hadn’t gotten it quite right.

Where other major networks may have scoffed or dismissed such a radical notion, HBO merely nodded in agreement. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo had this to say about the request, “Aaron presented a very reasonable and responsible approach to how he wanted to restructure the second season,” he says, “and it was a very easy yes for us.”

It also appears that due to that restructuring, The Newsroom season 2 will only be nine episodes long. While trying to salvage as much of the story that could be used in the new versions of episodes 1 and 2, HBO reduced the episode order to nine in order to ease the burden felt by Sorkin as well as his very hardworking cast and crew.

Now that the job is complete and Sorkin is anxiously waiting to show his hard work to an audience he admits, “Now all I want in the world is to go back and write it all over again.”

It sure sounds like completing work on The Newsroom season 2 was a milestone in itself, but now all we can do is wait until July 14 to see the season 2 debut, and find out whether the second season will garner enough viewers and critical support to earn McAvoy and his crew at News Night another season to do the news right.

Starz has decided that their original programming can compete with the other hot shows airing on Sunday nights.

Network CEO Chris Albrecht has told THR that they are planning on moving all of their original shows including Outlander, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and Black Sails — which currently air on Saturdays — to Sundays. The move will begin July 17 with the Starz series Power. Outlander will likely not move to Sundays until next season.

“Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays,” Albrecht said to THR, “So it made sense to move.”

Outlander and Starz’s other original series will be going up against tough competition, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Albrecht says part of the reason he wanted to move the shows was to make sure they were part of the watercooler talk on Monday mornings.

THR notes that Showtime’s original series typically get DVR’d, “growing 214 percent [in viewership] during the course of a week.” This would suggest that a lot of people aren’t sitting in front of a TV on Saturdays and want to watch the shows on a different day of the week. So, moving their programming to Sundays may not impact overall viewership numbers much.

Starz recently overtook Showtime as the second-most subscribed to cable channel. HBO still sits at number one, though all three are facing tough competition from Netflix.

Disney has set its sights on another live-action retelling of an animated classic: The Little Mermaid.

Deadline reports that the studio “recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea,” and “discussions have also taken place with some major producers, including some with a strong connection to the studio.”

That’s all we know for now. A “new take” makes it sound like they could be contemplating an alternate story than the one we saw in the 1989 animated classic, but I’d personally prefer a direct adaptation. I want to see live-action Ariel sing some of the Disney classics! Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book has spoiled me.

Like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s most beloved animated movies, so expectations for a live-action adaptation will immediately be set very high. With their recent adaptation of The Jungle Book hitting theaters to very positive reviews and the first trailer for their live-action Beauty and the Beast being very well received, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Disney start to look at other potential animated properties for source material. (But you would’ve expected to hear about a live-action Lion King before Little Mermaid after The Jungle Book’s success, wouldn’t you?)

The Little Mermaid is the latest in a long line of animated-to-live action projects in the works at Disney. Others include an Aladdin spinoff looking at the Genie’s origins, The Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson, Dumbo with director Tim Burton, Mary Poppins with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt, and Tinker Bell with Reese Witherspoon. And then there are sequels to the adaptations like Maleficent 2 and The Jungle Book 2.

Be sure to cross The Little Mermaid off your animated-to-live-action bingo card.

Do you think Disney can pull off a live-action ‘Little Mermaid’?

With Donald Trump’s presidency looking less and less like a joke, these high-profile authors and writers believe the time for silence is over.

Over 400 authors have signed a petition to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

The petition, titled “An open letter to the American people,” was written by Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka. It unequivocally states that Trump must not become President of the United States, and explains why writers in particular are worried about the power of his empty words and fear-mongering rhetoric.

Signed by the likes of Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Cheryl Strayed, Colm Tóibín and Jennifer Egan, the open letter lays out reasons for openly opposing Trump’s candidacy, which they believe “appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society.”

The letter states:

“Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;

Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;

Because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies;

Because the search for justice is predicated on a respect for the truth;

Because we believe that knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness are indispensable in a leader;

Because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people;

Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response;

For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”

While there are plenty of arguments for why Trump should not receive as much media coverage as he gets, we have to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation when some of the country’s most respected artists take such a powerful stance as this.

The petition has been signed by over 7,000 people so far, and you can add your name to the list right here.

You can find out more about the group of writers who oppose Trump on Twitter, at @WritersOnTrump.