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Sorkin brings his idealism into "The Newsroom"

I read a story recently in which writer/show creator Aaron Sorkin described himself as an 'aspirational' writer. I would use the word 'idealist' but we both mean the same thing: when Sorkin writes he creates the world he'd like to see, the people we could be. Flawed, but trying to be our best.

He did that most famously in "The West Wing" but you could see it also in "Sports Night" too. And that characteristic is prominent in "The Newsroom" (10 p.m. Sunday, HBO), his latest series, a workplace show about a cable news program.

It's signature Sorkin, full of big ideas, smart talky people, grand gestures, and neurotic love affairs. And I really really liked it.

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