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Sunday
Jul142013

The Second Season of "The Newsroom" Premieres Sunday

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The second season of the Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom premieres on HBO Sunday night with Jeff Daniels continuing his starring role as news anchor Will McAvoy.

The second season features several new cast additions, including Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden portraying a Second Amendment lawyer and actor Hamish Linklater as a veteran of the Washington D.C. bureau of ACN who transfers to New York and is anxious to score a big story.

The storyline of the second season largely involves depositions over a botched investigative report.

The series also stars Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill and Sam Waterston.

The Newsroom airs Sunday night at 10 p.m. on HBO.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Sep132012

Alison Pill of "The Newsroom" Accidently Tweets Topless Photo

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Alison Pill, a star in HBO’s The Newsroom, mistakenly tweeted a topless picture of herself to her more than 14,000 Twitter followers.

Pill, who plays a clumsy producer on the HBO series, immediately deleted the photo and tweeted, “Yep. That picture happened. Ugh. My tech issues have now reached new heights, apparently. How a deletion turned into a tweet… Apologies. ”

The photo showed the 26-year-old actress sprawled in bed with a grin on her face donning thick-framed glasses. Unfortunately for Pill, nothing is ever permanently deleted from the Internet.

Pill’s fiancée, actor Jay Baruchel, found the gaffe amusing tweeting, “My fiancee is an hilarious dork.” Later he tweeted, “Smartphones will get ya.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug022012

Aaron Sorkin Says "Newsroom" Writing Staff Wasn't Fired

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Emmy and Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin is denying a recent report of turmoil on the writing staff of HBO's The Newsroom.

He told journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon that a story he had the show's entire writing staff fired after its critically uneven debut isn't true.

Sorkin said the report was "unsourced" and "untrue," as was its assertion that the only person he spared in the alleged bloodbath was his ex-girlfriend.

"I don't have any ex-girlfriends in the writers' room or anyone else on the show," Sorkin insisted.  "I don't have any current girlfriends in the writers' room or anyone else on the show."

Sorkin said, however, that changes were made to the staff, but that included promotions for two assistant writers.

He explained, "With series television, at the end of each season, you get together with the producers and with the department heads, and you talk about ways that you can get better."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jun272012

Emily Mortimer Says There’s No Agenda Behind ‘The Newsroom’

HBO(NEW YORK) -- Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series, The Newsroom, has received a lot of Internet praise and criticism since its Sunday premiere. Some have said that The Newsroom revises recent history with a liberal slant, but star Emily Mortimer, who plays veteran news producer Mackenzie MacHale, defended the show as a fictional drama.

She told ABC News Radio, “Those moments like the BP oil spill, like the Gabby Giffords shooting, like the Arab Spring, all these things, they were images on our television that at the time were very dramatic images that we didn’t necessarily have time to think about and contextualize and ponder over, and there’s something very cool about being given the opportunity to do that.”

Mortimer said she hasn’t heard if HBO will renew the show for a second season but said, “I’m keeping my fingers crossed and I’m hoping it’s going to be good news and we’ll know very soon.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
May302012

Characters in ‘The Newsroom’ Not Real People, Says Aaron Sorkin

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.) -- While Aaron Sorkin spent a good amount of time talking about his upcoming Steve Jobs film at the All Things D conference Wednesday, there was no lack of references to The Newsroom, his show that premieres on HBO on June 24.

The show, which revolves around a broadcast journalist and anchor played by Jeff Daniels, is not based on a real person, Sorkin told interviewer Walt Mossberg at the conference Wednesday.

“The show takes place in a fictional newsroom; none of the characters are inspired by real people, even a little bit,” Sorkin said on stage. “It’s entirely fictional. It’s not meant to be anything on CNN, MSNBC, FOX. It’s generic cable news, and it takes place in the very recent past; all the news events are real. About two-thirds of the way through the pilot -- I won’t spoil it -- something happens and a date stamp comes up on a screen, and we realize it’s two years ago.”

The first season, which has 10 episodes, covers a period of 18 months, Sorkin said.

Given that Sorkin was speaking at a technology conference, he also addressed the role of digital news in the show.

“Obviously, digital media plays a huge role in the show. There’s a character that’s extremely into the Internet and the power it has -- there’s a clip where he looks at the uprising an Cairo, and how the people that report the news first get it themselves, which is almost always digital. Our entire set is basically made out of electricity, and if you put a satellite dish on the roof we could probably broadcast the news.”

As for Sorkin, he is pretty tech savvy himself. “I have the three screens -- probably more than three screens. I have a desktop, a couple of laptops, an iPad and an iPhone somewhere on my person here.”

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