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Aaron Sorkin criticises 'Studio 60', 'Sports Night'

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Aaron Sorkin has admitted that he has regrets about his former shows.

The writer and producer - who is launching new HBO drama The Newsroom - told Vulture that his short-lived NBC series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was "simply [not written] well enough".

"I would know, while I was writing the script, that I was fouling it off... as a baseball player would say," he explained. "I spent that whole season trying to improve my swing."

He continued: "When you're writing this kind of show, it's unforgiving. There's just a much narrower margin of error than if you're starting off with a dead body and ending up with the person who did it.

"If you're going to be as high-handed with your premise and conceit as I am with these shows, you have to write it really well. And I didn't with ­Studio 60."

Sorkin also criticised the writing on his ABC comedy-drama Sports Night, which ran from 1998 to 2000.

"I didn't, frankly, [succeed] with Sports Night either," he said. "There's a lot of the writing that was annoying, and I know I could do it better today."

The Newsroom begins on June 24 on HBO. In the UK, the series will debut on Sky Atlantic on July 10.

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