HBO Releases Trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’

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Before the premiere of Game of Thrones season 2, HBO reminded the legions of fantasy fans that, as a network, they have a pretty good idea of what it takes to make a decent drama by providing the first trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing meets Sports Night cable news drama The Newsroom (previously titled More as This Story Develops).

If there was any question about it before now, the trailer confirms that The Newsroom will be Sorkin’s third swing at knocking a behind-the-scenes series out of the park. After picking up an Academy Award for his work on David Fincher’s The Social Network, Sorkin’s name alone might be enough to get most viewers to tune in when the series premieres in June.

But if Sorkin’s name isn’t enough to whet your appetite, the impressive collection of familiar faces HBO has amassed to star in the series certainly should be. Alongside Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom stars Emily Mortimer (Hugo), Chris Messina (Devil), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Olivia Munn and Sam Waterston (Law & Order). And in a cheeky nod to her ex-husband, Jane Fonda also pops up in the trailer as the CEO of the cable company Daniels’ Will McAvoy works for.

To research the role of McAvoy, Sorkin spent time with cuddly cable news personalities Keith Olberman and Chris Matthews. So it stands to reason that the outspokenness that begets unpopularity, displayed by McAvoy in the trailer, is some sort of amalgam of the two. The difference here being McAvoy is given the benefit of having his words penned by Sorkin, which provides the requisite amount of empathy and rapier wit needed to prevent him from being completely loathsome.

The trailer is fairly revealing in the sense that, with McAvoy’s on-air meltdown/state of the union diatribe, The Newsroom is unmistakably Sorkin – which given the kind of monologue-friendly scripts Sorkin has churned out during his career, has almost turned into a subgenre of sorts. At least, for those familiar with Sorkin’s television writing, there seems to be a definite pattern with his characters and the essential truths they like to spread through whatever means are available to them.

That being said, it’s unclear from the trailer if The Newsroom is more of a jab at the current state of cable news journalism, or more of a platform for certain political ideologies to be dispersed like Sorkin’s past work on The West Wing.

Whatever the show turns out to be, someone should tell Sorkin to loose the The. Just Newsroom. It’s cleaner.


The Newsroom premieres Sunday, June 24 on HBO.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I only know of this show what I saw in the pre-Game of Thrones trailer, but it seemed incredibly anti-America. I’m not really familiar with Sorkin’s work but if this show is just a platform to drag America’s name through the mud like liberal’s seem to love to do then I will be passing on this.

    • and what of the facts presented?

      • The facts were interesting but it doesn’t mean we have to hate on our country. No country is perfect. Instead of hating on it, why doesn’t Sorkin use his “rapier wit” to help try and fix it.

        • I dont know where you see hate in this trailer.

        • Exposing one’s delustions about itself is hardly anti-american. Every country goes around saying its the “Greatest” and ignores it problems. Its call PR. Stop taking TV so literally, its called fiction for a reason. The right wing and the liberal drag America’s name through the mud everyday on the news, just watch Fox and MSNBC. Look and hear through the subtext. Fox says our country is going down the toilet. Really? MSNBC says our country is going down the toilet. Really? Both are anti-american based on your definition.

    • If you really pay attention, though. It’s about so much more than what this guys real opinion on America is. That’s the catalyst that sets this man’s life and career on a new and explosive trajectory. Aaron Sorkin is an amazing writer. It may be a bit politically tinged, but if you focus on that when the show won’t entirely – I think you’ll miss out on alot.

    • It’s really a platform to drag the Tea Party and the Republican party thhrough the mud. I have watched a couple of episodes but won;t be watching any more.

    • On the contrary, it is very American celebrating the first amendment- freedom of speech, freedom of the press. You do not have a problem with the constitution, do you?

  2. I can’t wait for anything Sorkin related.

  3. Ummmm, wasn’t expecting that blow up at all. I can’t wait for this show!

  4. “Whatever the show turns out to be, someone should tell Sorkin to loose the The. Just Newsroom. It’s cleaner.”

    I don’t know if it was intentional, but great Social Network reference.

    • Lose. You mean “lose the The.” People won’t be as inclined to listen to this (really good) suggestion when you spell stuff wrong.

  5. The King of walk & talk is back!
    I haven’t heard any news about the show for a while so I’m glad to hear it’s starting in June.
    The West Wing is one of my all time favorites and I still wish Studio 60 got a second season.

    • There has been such a hole in television since the departure of Sorkin’s West Wing. While Studio 60 was definitely fun, it didn’t tap into the deep sense of purpose that drove the intensity of the characters in the West Wing. A late night television show doesn’t roil the blood of the audience in the same way either. You’re just not that committed to the cause. I think that’s why The Newsroom has such great potential, and it looks like you’re going to have a terrific clash of similarly passionate, ideologically opposed characters on this show. I think back to the great exchanges with Sam Seaborne and Ainsely Hayes, deftly written scenes which respectfully represented both sides of the aisle with terrific wit and insight. When is it going to be June 24th already?!?!

  6. I like listening to Sorkin’s dialogue and I like looking at Emily Mortimer. There is no way this can fail.

    • exactly

  7. Can’t wait for this – I saw this trailer before the GoT season premiere. It looks very promising. Waiting for further details…

    Also, Jeff Daniels on TV! HOORAY!

  8. So he researched two Pundit anchors with absolutley NO ratings who whack it to Media Matters blogs?

    Glad to hear this is going to be another evenhanded Sorkin project!