There’s nothing quite as cathartic as a Sorkin rant echoing with righteous fury, and that’s what he’s bringing to HBO with “The Newsroom.” The story follows Jeff Daniel’s character, a milquetoast news anchor, as he goes just shy of full Bullsworth during an interview, and the subsequent turn of his career. We’ve got the first trailer below.
There was very little walking and talking in that trailer, which makes me concerned that Sorkin might have lost his touch. How can information be conveyed while sitting? It is unnatural.
Look, Sorkin’s the best at what he does. The writing is going to be the strength, and as long as the cast can talk and walk at the same time (no, seriously, that skill will be very important for a Sorkin scripted series), the writer’s vision is going to end up on screen. And with it being HBO this time around, there’s less chance of a fourth season walk out over creative differences. But the main tripping point for the show is that it’s premised on what happens the moment after the dramatic moment. It’s easy to show Bullworth snap, it’s easy to pen a glorious speech for our Olbermann stand-in. What’s difficult is writing what happens the day after.
When Olbermann snapped, oh a decade ago at this point, and issued his first special comment, it was a breath of fresh air. It was someone articulating an anger that many had been feeling, but didn’t have any reflection on any of the news broadcasts. But it didn’t change anything. If anything, it was a step towards even fuller and deeper polarization. That’s the tripping point Sorkin has to watch out for. How do you tell what happens after, without just becoming a parody of yourself the way your subject matter did?
The series is set to premier June 24, although there’s no word how many horses it’s allowed to kill before cancellation.