He became a giant of television for creating The West Wing, then the toast of Hollywood for The Social Network…now Aaron Sorkin, is set to launch one of the most eagerly anticipated media events of the season.
The Newsroom, which begins on the cable channel HBO on 24 June.
A trailer has been released online, and set television critics raving. It featured the show’s star, a news anchor called Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, having an apparent meltdown on a chatshow.
But just in case anyone is thinking that liberal darling Sorkin is going only for the Democratic half of America, the clip contains a shocking revelation. “I’m a registered Republican. I only seem liberal because I believe hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure, not gay marriage,” McAvoy growls. Not that this has appeased many on the Republican right, where there has been rapid condemnation of McAvoy as an unlikely and unpatriotic televised version of an American conservative.
The Newsroom, like The Social Network, will reveal a secret story behind the world of modern media. But this time Sorkin is setting the drama in the old-tech world of a television news studio.
“It looks set to examine the process of how something is made. That’s what Sorkin is good at,” said Caryn James.