Tempted to try to put together the bones of a post on Nashville as the new West Wing.
In broad strokes, they're utopian fantasies about American institutions and they buck trends in journalism and fiction to maximize cynicism and cash-in.
Fantasies that ask: what if, at the heart of (politics|popular music) there were a lot of talented people actually trying their best?
And sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing, in their attempts both to do important things and to be decent people.
Incidentally, Newsroom is not a utopian fantasy in the way that West Wing and Sports Night are.
With Newsroom, Sorkin stopped showing how the world could be and started simply unloading (via Mary Sue) on the world as he thinks it is.