Keith Olbermann— the former ESPN, MSNBC, and Current TV talking head and bloviator— is not the inspiration for Jeff Daniels' outspoken lead character on HBO's "The Newsroom" insists the show's creator Aaron Sorkin. Despite the similarities between the show's news anchor Will McAvoy and the melon-headed commentator Olbermann, Sorkin wanted to clear the air after the Manhattan premiere on Monday night.
"I'm glad I can finally clear this up," Sorkin told The New York Post at the Time-Warner Center. "I didn't base it on him. It was during an interview with the BBC that I mentioned him, and, suddenly, it blew up. So blame the BBC!"
Sorkin— the creator of the critical darlings "Sports Night" and "The West Wing"— did admit basing Olivia Munn's character as a hot, sexy financial reporter on CNN's Christine Romans (huh?).
"There is a little bit of Christine in there," Sorkin sort of let slip. "But again, a lot of it is what I think the character would be like."
Guests at the premiere party included news luminaries Bryant Gumbel, Brian Williams, and Chris Matthews and the event gives me a reason to post a photo of Munn.