First Trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s New HBO Drama THE NEWSROOM, Starring Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterston

     April 1, 2012


Right about now, HBO subscribers are probably in a high over the debut of the second season of Game of Thrones or the impending summer return of season five of True Blood. But there is a new series on the premium network you should keep an eye on. It seems that Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) has a lot of venting to do and he gets everything off his chest in this brilliant first trailer for the new HBO drama, The Newsroom. Starring Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston and Emily Mortimer, The Newsroom keeps a familiar politico-centric feel to Sorkin’s The West Wing but now features a newsroom setting replacing the White House. In this first trailer, nationally recognized news anchor Will McAvoy (Daniels) loses his objectivity (and possibly his audience) when responding to a question from the crowd at a college panel. Daniels immediately won me over by saying everything a rational and informed human being should say in spite of the political backlash it was bound to incur. Hit the jump to check it out.

aaron-sorkin-the-newsroomNewsroom is the third series in Aaron Sorkin’s Behind the Scenes trilogy, following Sports Night and Studio 60.  The one-hour drama is set at a 24-hour cable news network.  The story revolves around an anchor (Daniels), his new executive producer ( Mortimer), his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski) and their boss (Waterston).

Jane Fonda will also recur as Leona Lansing, the CEO of the network’s parent company: “She’s a titan and her corporate concerns often conflict with the reporting of the news outlet she owns.”  TV Line likens the character to Ted Turner, the CNN founder whom Fonda was married to from 1991-2001.  The character’s name is a tribute to two powerful women: the late Leona Helmsley and Sherry Lansing, the first female studio head. Here’s the first trailer for the HBO drama, The Newsroom:


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  • Joshua

    This looks like another gem for Sorkin and now being on HBO he’s find the right audience

  • t

    OMG, this looks AMAZing!! and i’m not just sayin that bc i’m a canadian who likes to see Americans be more self-aware.

    politicos everywhere will get a kick out of this show. and coming into an election season i can’t see how this wouldn’t do well.

  • Kurt


    Sorkin has a great way of writing, this looks brilliant. Great to see Jeff doing something again.

  • henri

    now thats a traler

    • henri

      Typo mistake above.Now that’s a trailer.

  • Pocketses

    Been waitin for this. Sorkin is the BEST writer in Hollywood, and studio 60 is my absolute favorite show ever. God bring this on!

  • pills_26

    To say I’m literally squealing with excitement would be an understatement. Good god I can’t wait for this series.

  • Pocketses

    This is honestly like Danny Tripp and Dan Rydell combined into one person and had a Wes Mendell moment and just lost it. I have watched it like 10 times already.

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  • Shawn

    I saw this last night and almost crapped myself about how on point this show could be. If this show looks as good as the trailer, I would start pumping this in to classrooms.

    This also just confirms my belief that American Conservatism has transformed into American Preservativism. The old guard will do, and has done, everything it can to keep the American public ignorant to the truths the Information Age has the ability to illuminate. They have sacrificed the soul of America to preserve their status in the tiered socioeconomic pyramid. Why do people vote against their best interests, because they want things to be the way they used to be. They want their politicians to turn back time. They want the one thing no politician will ever be able to do…stop the world from changing.

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  • Nate H

    This looks AMAZING! I love Aaron Sorkin – West Wing is my favorite show of all time, and Sports Night and Studio 60 were both excellent. This could be a very successful show. It’s Sorkin, so we know the writing will be fantastic for as long as he’s on it. But we also know the acting will be good because Jeff Daniels is great and he’s surrounded by a strong supporting cast. I don’t get HBO, but maybe this will push me over the edge (unless its viewable OnDemand).

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  • enzofloc

    This looks good! Sorkin unleashes his political beast. Should shake up some of the snoozers on the left. Don’t care much for Jeff, though; never much did. But his character sounds great: kind of a cross between Anderson Cooper and Keith Olbermann.

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