If there’s one person who knows how to pull off a political drama, it’s Aaron Sorkin, the award-winning creator of The West Wing. Sorkin is back with a new series, The Newsroom, about the inner-workings of a cable news station, Atlantis World Media. Starring a brilliant cast that includes Jeff Daniels, Jane Fonda, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterson, to name a few, the show asks the question: Can a news program tell the truth and still remain profitable? The exploration begins this Sunday on HBO at 10 p.m.
Jeff Daniels plays anchor man Will McAvoy, one of the most likable newscasters on the air because he “never bothers anyone.” But everything changes when a spontaneous outburst from McAvoy reveals his true feelings about American politics: He thinks things are far from perfect. Ratings dive, and his crew jumps ship. Unable to undo the damage, McAvoy decides to take a risk and do news the right way: To prioritize facts over ratings, and to stop trying to please everyone.
In dramatizing MacAvoy’s daring approach to presenting the news, the show will have another unique appeal for viewers: It will provide an alternative take on some of the most critical events in recent U.S. history, including the 2010 Gulf oil spill and the announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death.
Don’t miss the series premiere of The Newsroom this Sunday, June 24, at 10 p.m. on HBO®.