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Tonight’s season finale of Game of Thrones will be one of HBO’s most watched episodes of their year, so it was the perfect time to promote their upcoming slate of programming.  Shortly before the season finale, HBO aired promos for the new seasons of Eastbound & Down, The Newsroom, and Boardwalk Empire; the new series True Detective and Hello Ladies; and Greg Mottola‘s upcoming comedy, Clear History.  Most of these functioned as announcement trailers.  We’re still fairly early in the summer, and most of these programs won’t arrive until we’re firmly in the fall; True Detective won’t even show up until 2014.  But if you’re eager for The Newsroom, it’s a substantial new trailer.

Hit the jump to check out the promos, and come back later tonight when Allison posts her recap of the season finale of Game of Thrones.  As a side note to GoT fans, we’ll be talking about the series on this week’s Collision when we record on Tuesday.

First Teaser Trailer for BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 4; Plus Two New Trailers for THE NEWSROOM Season 2

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HBO has unveiled some new trailers for the upcoming seasons of two of its original series.  First up, the debut teaser trailer for Boardwalk Empire season four gives us our first look at the new character played by Jeffrey Wright, Valentin Narcisse.  The character is described as “Doctor of Divinity, philanthropist, student of culture and the man who runs Harlem,” and it’s clear in this brief teaser that he may pose quite the threat to Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson.  Wright’s character is a series regular for the new season, so expect to see plenty of Narcisse when Boardwalk Empire returns this fall.

Additionally, a couple of trailers for the upcoming second season of Aaron Sorkin’s drama series The Newsroom have landed online.  The most recent one is more of a “mood tease,” as we see dialogue-less behind-the-scenes glimpses of the show’s ensemble cast readying themselves to reprise their characters.  The second, longer trailer was actually unveiled a few weeks ago and features the cast and Sorkin talking about the season-long arc that will unfold this year.  The Newsroom season two premieres on HBO Sunday, July 14th.  Hit the jump to watch trailers for both series. 

HBO Sets July 14th Premiere Date for THE NEWSROOM Season Two

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Fresh off the news that True Blood will return this June, HBO has announced a firm premiere date for the second season of The Newsroom.  Season two of creator/executive producer Aaron Sorkin’s drama series will kick off on Sunday, July 14th at 10pm ET/PT.  The show centers around the goings-on at a fictional cable news network, and we know that the new season will focus heavily on the 2012 presidential election with recurring appearances set for Patton Oswalt, Marcia Gay Harden, and Constance Zimmer.  HBO has an additional plot synopsis that, while vague, hints at a larger arc that may or may not play out over the course of the season: “the staff of ‘News Night’ chases a mysterious tip, which leads to a story that ultimately spins out of control.”

Though the show’s first season wasn’t near as strong as Sorkin’s previous series The West Wing and Sports Night (or even the first few episodes of Studio 60), I still found a significant amount of things to like about the show (Alison Pill, for one) and I’m looking forward to seeing how/if Sorkin “course corrects” with the upcoming season.  The series also stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher, Jr., Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, and Dev Patel.

Aaron Sorkin, Alan Poul, and Jeff Daniels Talk THE NEWSROOM Season 2, Responding to Critics, and More at PaleyFest

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Over the past 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows.  One of the drama series celebrated this year were the folks behind HBO’s The Newsroom, and Collider was there to get the updates on Season 2.

After giving a sneak peek at 10 minutes of the first episode of Season 2, airing sometime this summer, creator/writer/executive producer Aaron Sorkin, executive producer Alan Poul and actor Jeff Daniels spoke during the panel about why cable news was the right setting for this show, how much pressure it is to do a Sorkin monologue, how the show has polarized critics, and the unique way in which the show is shot, along with giving tidbits about the news stories they’ll be covering in the second season, more of the Don (Thomas Sadoski) and Sloan (Olivia Munn) relationship, and that Will McAvoy (Daniels) and MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) possibly getting together won’t kill the show.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Rosemarie DeWitt Talks PROMISED LAND and Aaron Sorkin’s NEWSROOM; Reveals She Plays a Litigator on More Than One Episode

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Opening this weekend in limited release is director Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land.  The film stars Matt Damon and Frances McDormand as natural gas salesmen who try to prey on an economic town in decline only to have their mission complicated by the citizens they encounter and an environmentalist played by John Krasinski.  Damon and Krasinski wrote the screenplay, and the film deals heavily with the consequences of fracking.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Scoot McNairy, and Titus Welliver.  For more on Promised Land, here are seven clips and the trailer.

During the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with DeWitt.  She talked about what surprised her when researching fracking, how she got cast, what were Damon and Krasinski like on set as they wrote the script, Sundance, and more.  In addition, she also talked about being in a few episodes of the second season of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom and revealed she plays a litigator since AWM is being sued.  Hit the jump to watch.

TV News: Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt Join THE NEWSROOM; New Trailer and Poster for Fox Serial Killer Series THE FOLLOWING

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We’ve got a couple of TV news-related bits to share this afternoon.  First up, as production on the second season of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom gears up, two welcome cast additions have been announced.  THR reports that Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt (Mad Men) have been set in recurring roles for the show’s second season.  Oswalt wil be playing the new VP of Human Resources at the cable network Atlantic Cable News, while DeWitt is set as a litigator who is brought in to defend the network in a wrongful-termination lawsuit.

Hit the jump for more, including a new trailer and poster for the promising new Kevin Bacon-fronted Fox series The Following.

Aaron Sorkin Talks THE NEWSROOM, Criticism of the Show, Why The Show Will Always Be 9 to 18 Months Behind Real Events, Season 2 and More

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The HBO drama series The Newsroom, from show creator/executive producer/writer Aaron Sorkin, centers on cable news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer and former girlfriend, MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (which includes John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Olivia Munn), and their boss (Sam Waterston).  Showing the excitement and exhilaration that comes from getting breaking news on the air, it also illustrates the corporate and commercial obstacles along the way.

While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, Aaron Sorkin talked about writing for film versus television, addressed the criticism of the series, clearly defining characters so that you can then have them slip on as many banana peels as you want, that his writing staff didn’t really get fired for Season 2, balancing the comedy and drama, his decision to reference actual news events, and how the show will always remind a bit behind, so that it never catches up with current news.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Jeff Daniels Talks DUMB AND DUMBER Sequel Which Could Shoot As Early As Next May

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Before he starred in Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, Jeff Daniels was best known as the dumb (or dumber) half of Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber.  It’s nice to see that Daniels has embraced his intellectual side as well as his absurdly ignorant side, but it’s looking like he might return to form alongside Jim Carrey in a Dumb and Dumber sequel next year.  At a recent Television Critics Association panel for The Newsroom, Daniels addressed the progress of the sequel, why there has been a delay and when the project might shoot.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

HBO Executives Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler Talk the Future of GAME OF THRONES, THE NEWSROOM Criticism, Another Season of CURB, the ENTOURAGE Movie and More

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While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and co-President Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, they spoke about how long Game of Thrones and True Blood could run for, the status of the Entourage movie, their movie deal with Larry David and the affect that could have on future seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm, their thoughts on the first season of The Newsroom, the possibility of a fourth season for Treme, and what viewers can expect from the Woody Harrelson/Matthew McConaughey series True Detective.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Aaron Sorkin Reportedly Fires Most of THE NEWSROOM Writers for Season 2

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Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series The Newsroom is an interesting show.  I’m a self-professed “Sorkin nut,” so I came into the pilot episode with a great sense of excitement.  We’re now four episodes in, and it’s apparent to just about everyone that the series has some major problems.  There’s genuinely a lot to love about The Newsroom, but it’s not exactly gelling as well as Sorkin’s past TV efforts (The West Wing, Sports Night).  It now appears that the Academy Award-winning screenwriter himself is acknowledging that there are some issues with the show, as he has “let go” of most of his writing staff for season two.  Hit the jump for more.


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One show just aired the second episode of its freshman season while the other is a little further ahead on its fifth, but today HBO treated them as equals by announcing The Newsroom and True Blood will each get another season.

The Aaron Sorkin scripted cable news drama reeled in 2.1 million total viewers, which is just shy of the numbers for the series premiere of Game of Thrones, and that was enough to impress the cable network. On the content side of things, the second episode which just aired last night was a vast improvement on the already promising pilot, especially with series regular Alison Pill making a huge stride in one of the episodes’ more prominent plot points, and further development on the relationship between Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer. Overall, the series felt like it had found more solid footing after delivering a lot of what people already expected from Sorkin anyway. Either way, it’s good to hear The Newsroom will at least last one more season longer than Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, a show that would’ve done much better on HBO and with better comedic sketch writing.

Details on the renewal of True Blood after the jump.

Watch the Pilot for Aaron Sorkin’s New HBO Series THE NEWSROOM

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Hot off the one-two punch of The Social Network and Moneyball, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin made his return to television last night with the debut of his new HBO series The Newsroom.  The premiere came with lofty expectations from The West Wing creator, and early screener reactions were passionately mixed-to-positive.  I’m an out and out Sorkin fan and, despite the show’s familiarity to the scribe’s other series (specifically the super similar “stock” characters), I really enjoyed the pilot.  Yes, everyone speaks in eloquent soliloquies with insanely profound and accurate statistical arguments rolling off their tongues as if they were reciting a recipe, but Sorkin’s romanticism and wit is just too damned enticing for me to be bothered.

The pilot sparked quite a bit of lively conversation on Twitter last night, and now HBO has put the full 73-minute episode online for free.  Whether you’re a Sorkin fan or not, I highly suggest you give the pilot a whirl and decide for yourself what you think of the show rather than buying into the pre-lash sight unseen.  Hit the jump to watch, then head to the comments with your reaction.

Aaron Sorkin Reuses His Previous Characters for THE NEWSROOM

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Last night was the premiere of Aaron Sorkin‘s new HBO series, The Newsroom.  The show felt like Sorkin² in terms of the dialogue, the big soaring speeches, and the important parables.  It also felt like a bit of a retread as it quickly became apparent to Sorkin fans that he was reusing characters from his previous series’, specifically Sports Night and The West Wing.  Obviously, this comparison is based off only one episode, and perhaps The Newsroom will evolve to where these new characters will actually feel new.

Hit the jump to see how Sorkin’s new characters compare to his old ones.

New Trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s THE NEWSROOM plus 16 Images

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A new trailer for Aaron Sorkin‘s The Newsroom has gone online.  This new trailer hits the point that the show will use real news events as the basis for the episodes.  The audience will know more than the characters, and I’m not sure if that will be an advantage or disadvantage for the show (in a recent interview, Sorkin says it will be “fun” for viewers).

Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with 16 images. The show stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, and Sam WaterstonThe Newsroom premieres June 24th on HBO at 10/9c.

First Official Poster and Two New Trailers for Aaron Sorkin’s HBO Drama THE NEWSROOM

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The first official poster has been released for Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama, The Newsroom. The series stars Jeff Daniels as the primary anchor of a failing 24-hour news network who is ready to break the monotony of cable news and go back to the roots of informing his audience. We already saw his character have a fantastic (and much publicized) outburst in the first trailer.  Then, The Newsroom followed up with a series of additional trailers that developed a bit more of the storyline and also introduced us to the rest of the cast:  such as Daniels’ character’s new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn) and their boss (Sam Waterston).  Now, we have the first look at the official poster (in addition to some shorter trailers, in case you’ve missed the previous ones).  Hit the jump to check out the slick official poster for HBO’s The Newsroom, which debuts Sunday, June 24th at 10PM.

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