I’m a huge fan of Aaron Sorkin’s work, I love his smart, rapid-fire dialogue and his rather liberal viewpoint, whether it’s on movies like “A Few Good Men” and “The Social Network” or TV shows like the short-lived “Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip” (the sober, serious look behind the scenes of a SNL-type comedy show that had no chance against “30 Rock”) and, of course, “The West Wing” (one of the greatest shows on Earth ever, IMHO).
You can imagine my excitement about “The Newsroom” which will mark Sorkin’s return to the small screen this summer. Featuring Jeff Daniels as outspoken news anchor Will McAvoy and Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer and Jane Fonda (as McAvoys tough-as-nails corporate boss), the show is set to shine a light on the current state of (US) news media, television and, of course, politics. Produced by HBO, this could very well be a match made in heaven - while it’s unlikely that “The Newsroom” will compete with “Game of Thrones” in the T&A department, the Pay TV realm should give Sorkin the kind of creative freedom he always fought for (and not always got) on broadcast television. Which for a show about freedom of speech in modern-day US media is a tad bit ironic. I’m looking forward to a fun, thought-provoking ride. Do you?