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.
Oswalt and DeWitt previously appeared together in Showtime’s United States of Tara, but THR’s report doesn’t specify whether their Newsroom characters will interact. The fun yet uneven series drew a rather polarizing response during its first season, but I’m interested to see how/if Sorkin will address the more apt criticisms in the new batch of episodes, as the entirety of season one was written and filmed before the premiere had aired. A return date for The Newsroom has yet to be announced, but I imagine the show will be back next spring.
Additionally, a new trailer and poster for the Fox midseason series The Following have been released. Kevin Bacon stars as an FBI agent who is pulled back into the department after a notorious serial killer (James Purefoy) he put away years ago escapes from death row. The serial killer creates a network of communicating with other active serial killers in the country, thus creating quite the problem for Bacon’s character. This trailer continues with the chilling tone that was set in the show’s first trailer, and I’m eager to catch the series when it premieres January 21st on Fox. Click here to read Brendan’s preview of the pilot.