HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin's Cable News Drama
Good news: Aaron Sorkin's highly-anticipated, yet-to-be-named cable news drama is going to become a reality. HBO announced that they've ordered a ten-episode season of the show, which will mark the prolific screenwriter's return to TV and his first major project since the critically acclaimed film 'The Social Network.'
The series will focus on a cable news anchor, played by Jeff Daniels, and his staff, who "set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements."
HBO has already recruited some big names to guest star in the weekly, hour-long drama. In addition to Daniels, Olivia Munn will play Sloan, a newsroom staffer, and Sam Waterston will play their boss. Dev Patel, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pil, John Gallagher, Jr., and Thomas Sadoski will fill out the newsroom staff.
Sorkin is no stranger to making TV shows about TV shows. 'Sports Nite,' which starred Peter Krause and Felicity Huffman, was a behind-the-scenes look at a 'Sportscenter'-style nightly sports highlight show. The less-successful 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' was a dramedy about an 'SNL' style comedy show.