Who could have guessed that one of the biggest thrills from HBO’s programming last night would come in the moments before the long-anticipated season 2 premiere of Game of Thrones?
Alas, before viewers were transported back to Westeros, they got their first look at the upcoming Aaron Sorkin-penned drama The Newsroom. With Jeff Daniels leading an impressive ensemble (including Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, and Dev Patel) starring as Will McAvoy, a once-reserved cable news broadcaster (or, as he’s described in a most delicious Sorkinism, “the Jay Leno of news anchors”) whose public meltdown goes viral and changes the course of his network, The Newsroom looks like it has the makings of a new Sorkin classic and The First Great Drama of 2012.
Watch the jaw-dropping, bitingly funny, and politically charged (“I’m a registered Republican, the only reason I seem liberal is because I believe that hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure and not gay marriage”) first trailer for The Newsroom here:
Will you be tuning into The Newsroom? Between this, Veep, and Girls does HBO have the most exciting new line-up for the 2012 television season? Should Jeff Daniels make space on his mantle for an Emmy now?