After a lot of talk about this untitled Aaron Sorkin project picking up actors and producers, we now have official word that HBO has ordered the series. Rejoice!
We know quite a few things about this project so far (which, despite being officially untitled, you may have heard being referred to as More As This Story Develops). As Sorkin tackled the "behind the scenes" worlds of sports entertainment television (Sports Night) and sketch comedy television (Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip), he will now share his views on what goes on behind news television.
Underappreciated comic and dramatic actor Jeff Daniels will star as a cable news anchor. Playing his executive producer and the show's female lead is Emily Mortimer, who has just the right style for a Sorkin series. The television legend Sam Waterston, iconic as Law & Order's ethic attorney Jack McCoy, is also on board as the duo's boss at the network. Also part of the news staff: Olivia Munn (The Daily Show), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, which she dominated), Tom Sadoski (Loser) and John Gallagher, Jr. (Jonah Hex).
We can likely expect a super-smart, farcical and fast-paced comedy, swaying regularly into drama and examining intimately both the inherent flaws and the unabashed gifts with which each of these characters are instilled. Sorkin's projects, with the exception of The West Wing, rarely have long lifespans on television. Perhaps his heightened popularity thanks to The Social Network will earn him a larger audience this time around. We can hope so. Though often low in ratings, Sorkin's programs are never low in quality. And this cast promises quality in spades.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
When gullible small-town square Paul (Biggs) gets a scholarship to a prestigious New York City university he's ripe for the plucking from the likes of his spoiled rich roommates (Zak Orth Tom Sadoski Jimmi Simpson). Meanwhile Paul's classmate Dora (Mena Suvari) tries to balance schoolwork off-campus jobs and a covert relationship with her world lit professor (Greg Kinnear). Will Paul and Dora two very different breeds of social outcast find a way to hook up? You don't need SAT scores in the 99th percentile to figure that one out.
Biggs' natural goofiness and Everyboy likability go a long way toward making "Loser" watchable but there's little the talented young actor can do with the lifeless increasingly predictable storyline. Suvari who functioned well enough as "American Beauty's" teen lust object ranges from weak to downright awful trying to navigate a lead role in this vastly inferior film. Kinnear lends a piggish charm to his people-using misogynist prof easily the film's most entertaining character.
Writer-director Amy Heckerling who so successfully mined the comic potential of '80s and '90s youth culture in the genre classics "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Clueless " scores surprisingly few laughs in moving her act to an institution of higher learning. To its credit "Loser" shows more respect for the audience's intelligence than the average campus comedy fare taking the time to delve into a few real issues (teacher/student relationships inequalities between rich and middle-class students) along the way but the results simply don't generate the sparks Heckerling's earlier high school films did.