Aaron Sorkin is a genius writer, and he’s got a number of great shows and movies behind him. The West Wing, A Few Good Men, Moneyball, Sports Night, The Social Network (for which he won an Oscar). And there are definitely things that can be called Sorkin-esque – the man basically patented the television walk and talk. But now he’s got a TV show coming on HBO. It’s called The Newsroom. Get excited. Here’s the trailer.
There is a lot to be excited about. There’s a great supporting cast, from Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Dev Patel and Jane Fonda (who seems to be playing her ex-husband Ted Turner), and Jeff Daniels with a role that seems like red meat to an actor, on top of being a character that it feels like Daniels is cosmically owed. He’s one of those performers who never disappoints – even in trash – and this feels like the right role.
The question is how familiar is too familiar? The backstage of a TV show was great fodder for Sports Night – a wonderful show that never found its audience – but now it’s got the tinge of political – like The West Wing. You know that at some point someone will be a mouthpiece for the creator. Still, HBO and Sorkin seems like a good match, and hopefully he learned his lessons from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The series premieres June 24, and we’ll be watching.
What’s your favorite Jeff Daniels performance?