Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama The Newsroom was sort of a revisionist history-style take on current events, with Atlantis Cable News’ team of smart, ethical journalists consistently working to find the most accurate and even-handed way to report on events from the recent past like the killing of Osama Bin Laden. In an era when the public was becoming increasingly disinterested in hard news and increasingly distrustful of the people who report the news, The Newsroom sought to present an idealistic vision of what an organization like CNN is supposed to be. The show was also a little preachy, it tried a little too hard, and it kind of glossed over the fact that it’s very easy to look back at how the media covered a major event and then pick out a better way to do it.
Of course, that disinterest in hard news and distrust of journalists has only gotten worse since The Newsroom left the air, mostly thanks to that bad guy who doesn’t deserve to be named on this holy Day of Presidents, and star Olivia Munn tells ETOnline that she has actually had some conversations with Sorkin about reviving the show at some point. “There’s been so much that has happened in the news and in media that we could really speak on,” she notes, saying it would “really be interesting” to see what Sorkin’s take would be and what The Newsroom could be about today. We can’t imagine what specific things happening in the news and media she might be referring to, but surely Aaron Sorkin could find something interesting from the last few years to cast his fantastical hindsight on.