The Newsroom Overhauls Writing Staff

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The Newsroom has been renewed for Season 2, but many behind the scenes will not be penning a Will McAvoy monologue next summer.

That's because HBO has let go of many series writers. Though the numbers vary based on reports, the network released a statement defending this decision as anything but a reaction to many harsh reviews.

The Newsroom Cast Pic

“Every year each show reassesses the needs of its writing staffs,” HBO said. “This process is nothing out of the ordinary.”

After a strong premiere, many critics - including yours truly - have taken The Newsroom to task for its depiction of women, its uneven relationships and its over-reliance on hindsight as a technique for media criticism.

But viewers have clearly been responding in the positive. The Newsroom averages approximately two million households per week, with last Sunday's episode its highest-rated to date.

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The Newsroom Quotes

First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.


This is more than unprofessional, it's uncivilized and more than that, it's unprofessional.