Will ‘The Newsroom’ Season 2 Cover the Newtown Massacre?
Controversial though it may have been, HBO’s ‘The Newsroom‘ made plenty of headlines of its own by addressing real-life news stories, incorporated into the show’s sliding timeline of remaining about one year behind real life. Now, as the Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama prepares to launch a second season on HBO this summer, will it cover some of 2012’s biggest stories, or gracefully sidestep more sensitive tragedies like the December Newtown Massacre?
Both Aaron Sorkin and ‘The Newsroom’ have dealt with their fair share of controversy, the latter after only 13 episodes on air, but that debate could go significantly more public after the show’s impending second season. Aaron Sorkin and the cast recently gathered together for PaleyFest, wherein Sorkin revealed a number of real-life topics to be covered over the course of the show’s second season.
We already knew that much of the second season would focus on the 2012 elections, but Sorkin added to the list of news stories, such as Trayvon Martin, the Affordable Care Act, drones, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Muammar Gaddafi. However, one subject reporters were curious to see if ‘The Newsroom’ would broach was that of the 2012 Sandyhook Elementary shootings, which still grips the country on a number of fronts.
Said Sorkin of the tragedy, “that’s a tough thing to write about without minimizing or exploiting it or spreading Cheez Whiz around it,” and that “you’ve got to be careful, you really don’t want to do a disservice to that story…I am not a hundred percent sure [we’ll cover it], [but] I bet we do.”
Sorkin didn’t make it clear if the story could make it into ‘The Newsroom’ season 2, or if commentary would be saved for a potential third season, but any mention is sure to come under heavy scrutiny going forward. What say you? Should Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’ stay away from certain real-life events?