HBO Officially Places Series Order for Aaron Sorkin’s New Show

Aaron SorkinAfter 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