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First Teaser For The Newsroom
Aaron Sorkin is back on TV

01 April 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: YouTube

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Aaron Sorkin has had mixed fortunes on the goggle box. He’s had highs (The West Wing), lows (Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, cancelled after one season) and mixed results (Sports Night: brilliant, but cancelled after two seasons). More recently, he’s been better known for his film script work, landing an Oscar for The Social Network. But he’s back on the small screen via HBO this summer with The Newsroom. The trailer for the first series has arrived, and can be seen below. Just try not to tempt the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing.

Set on and behind the scenes of a cable news show, The Newsroom features a lot of Sorkin standards: a rant (which seems very similar to the Judd Hirsch bombshell that launches Studio 60), lots of musings on the state of the world and oodles of smart-mouthed characters. These, however, are all good things, especially when he’s firing on all thrusters.

There’s a more than capable cast in place to deliver the writer’s usual zippy pith, including Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterson, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Natalie Morales. And yes, you also spotted Olivia Munn and, perhaps most impressively of all, freakin' Jane Fonda making her TV debut. The pilot even features a surprise behind the camera – in place of Sorkin’s usual collaborator Thomas Schlamme, Gregg Mottola is the man calling the shots, and from the looks of this, doing a good job.

Studio 60 faltered because Sorkin never quite got a grip on how to present the mechanics of a Saturday Night Live-style show and, despite a solid cast, wasn’t able to figure out the character machinations. We’re hoping for better things from The Newsroom. It debuts on HBO across the pond on June 24, and hopefully not long after that over here on Sky Atlantic.


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For the love of Sorkin.
If I have to read "it wasn't funny" about S60 one more time I swear I'm gonna have an aneurysm. STUDIO 60 WAS A DRAMA. It was a show about interpersonal relationships in a high stress environment. The meat of the plot every week was the trials and tribulations associated with writing, producing and co-ordinating a weekly live television event. Studio 60 was not a fucking sit-com and should never have been put up against 30 Rock in the scheduling. More

Posted by mightyhypnotoad at 04:17 on 10 April 2012 | Report This Post

I love Jeff Daniels.
He's always solid and not nearly as famous as he should be. More

Posted by Concise_Statement at 00:17 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

Also loved S60...
...and I didn't find the characters unlikeable, but it wasn't without it's faults, first and perhaps foremost being that the actual sketches were never really that funny or incisive (and I say this as a big fan). This looks more in Sorkin's wheelhouse, and I for one am saying that June can't come fast enough. Now go outside, turn around three times and spit. Or curse. Spit. Curse. Do all of it. Go! More

Posted by kickpuncher at 15:55 on 03 April 2012 | Report This Post

Great stuff
Anything written by Sorkin is never not worth watching. S60 failed because by Sorkin's own admission: he wrote it while he was 'too angry'. Still, even when the man is half as good as he can be, he's still ahead of everyone else. More

Posted by tysmuse at 21:26 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

looks interesting
Looking forward to this. Loved S60 too. I have always said, and so have others here, that it was too clever for American audiences. More

Posted by Tosh at 13:29 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

Looks fun but still...
You're both forgetting that S60 failed because it was in direct competition with the lighter and more directly satirical 30 Rock. 30 Rock offered better jokes, more vibrant characters and a cast which was easier to like. S60 was filled with unlike-able characters who lacked direction or solid idea of who they actually were. It was a shambles because Sorkin couldn't manoeuvre the story, he had a great beginning but no direction at all. I hope he has better luck in this environment which seems More

Posted by kisswithatear at 12:39 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

Looks fun but still...
You're both forgetting that S60 failed because it was in direct competition with the lighter and more directly satirical 30 Rock. 30 Rock offered better jokes, more vibrant characters and a cast which was easier to like. S60 was filled with unlike-able characters who lacked direction or solid idea of who they actually were. It was a shambles because Sorkin couldn't manoeuvre the story, he had a great beginning but no direction at all. I hope he has better luck in this environment which seems More

Posted by kisswithatear at 12:39 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

Well said sephiroth
Studio 60 was superb, but far too intelligent for the Fox News masses (Glen Beck is almost a parody!). More

Posted by Timmy_Cole at 12:23 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

Looks great.
You're reasoning for why S60 failed is a pile of bollocks. It failed because half of America believe in the likes of Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Voices of reason like Aaron Sorkin are always up against it. Hopefully the fact that his new main character is a republican will help this show. More

Posted by sephiroth7 at 11:45 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

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