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What do you do when you're a famous show runner whose next project after the end of a massively successful series flops? Well, if you're Aaron Sorkin, you take a few years off from the small screen and write some Oscar-nominated screenplays. (And also Charlie Wilson's War.) So he didn't really have to return to television; he's been doing pretty well, despite what the desperate version of himself he played on 30 Rock might have said. But I guess the siren song of the idiot box was too hard to resist, and now we have the first look at The Newsroom, his big return to living rooms everywhere. (Which is not a remake of the Canadian dramedy from 1996. I'm sure you were all wondering.)
The HBO drama follows Will McAvoy, a news anchor whose career is put in danger when his co-anchor lands his own show and takes most of the crew with him. It's a little bit Sports Night, and little bit The Hour, and a whole lot of Network, if this trailer is any indication:
It's hard not to feel excited about a new Sorkin TV show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip notwithstanding. And judging by the trailer, it looks like the time away did some good: one of the biggest problems about Studio 60, which was nominally about a sketch comedy show, was that it actually wasn't very fun or funny. At least The Newsroom feels like it has a bit of swagger and a sharper wit. (And Jane Fonda. Let's not overlook that.) Welcome back, Aaron. May your characters curse with aplomb at your new, non-network home.