Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin says he’d like to start over with his polarising series The Newsroom.
The West Wing creator, who made a highly-anticipated return to television in 2012 with the news drama, apologised to fans and confessed he is just beginning to grasp how to write the show.
He admits he understands why viewers have been divided on the direction of the program.
Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this week, Sorkin took a moment to acknowledge the show hasn’t lived up to his high expectations.
“I think you (fans) and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologise and I’d like to start over,” he said.
“I feel like I’m just now starting to learn how to write it.
“I’ve very proud of it, but there is a learning curve and unfortunately, those lessons are learned in front of several million people.
“I wish I could get every scene of every episode back so that I could do it all over again.”
The Oscar-winner also insisted his decision to set the series in the recent past wasn’t meant to be taken as a lesson in journalism.
The show often gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the media coverage of real events, including the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the 2012 US presidential election.
“I think that there’s been a terrible misunderstanding.
“I did not set the show in the recent past in order to show the pros how it should have been done.
“I set the show in the recent past because I didn’t want to make up fake news.
“I wasn’t trying to and I’m not capable of teaching a professional journalist a lesson.
“That wasn’t my intent and it’s never my intent to teach you a lesson or try to persuade you or anything.”
The third and final season of the show, featuring Jeff Daniels as a no-nonsense TV news anchorman, is due to air in America mid-year.