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‘Newsroom’ writing staff facing replacement

HBO’s “The Newsroom” is cleaning house for its recently announced second season.

According to HBO, the Aaron Sorkin drama set behind the scenes of a cable news network is replacing about half of its writing staff, though one source close to the show told the Hollywood Reporter that everyone on the show’s writing staff except for Corinne Kinsbury has been let go. News of the shake-up was first reported by the Daily.

The heavily hyped series starring Jeff Daniels was expected to be another critical darling from the Oscar-winning Sorkin (“The Social Network”). But as the reviews began to trickle in in mid-June, it became clear that the drama had fallen short of the critical community’s hopes, drawing a metacritic score of 57 out of 100.

HBO renewed “Newsroom” on July 2. The drama bowed June 24 to 2.1 million viewers — behind only “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones” among HBO’s drama launches since 2008.

“The Newsroom airs Sundays at 10 p.m.

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