Aaron Sorkin’s new show on HBO, “The Newsroom”April 3, 2012
Trailer is here.The following is expanded from an email I sent Bogus after he tipped me off to this:
Heh. It’s soooo Sorkin! So…the character’s a Republican, sort of?
Sam Waterson and Jane Fonda! He’s identified with TV viewers as a big lib from “Law and Order” – i have no idea what his real politics are. He does TV commercials for that Evil Wall Street, after all.
Jane Fonda – probably nobody has stronger nutcase-liberal street cred this side of Bill Ayers. Of course, her former husband Ted Turner probably gives her a little insight into how a network president would behave. Especially if he is cutthroat and a bit nuts.
And around it, the classic Sorkin “below decks” young staff people. It’s a formula of his since “Sports Night,” but it works. I swear that show was one of the best ever on TV. And “The West Wing” was darned close, until the suits threw Sorkin under the bus.
I’m going to have to watch it, I guess. And Sorkin has apparently learned what JMS learned while writing “Babylon 5″: “Hey, we’re on cable! We can use swears!”