The newest series from Aaron Sorkin about the behind-the-scenes action at a fictional television program has just gotten a title, MediaBistro reports. Sorkin’s newest is said to be titled Newsroom and will star Jeff Daniels as the lead anchor of a popular cable news show called “News Night.”
We first reported on Sorkin’s latest back in June when Tom’s hero Sam Waterston signed on to the show (at the time known as More As This Story Develops). Since then, we’ve learned that HBO has ordered a full series. I haven’t been able to find any info about when we can expect to actually see this show hit the air, but I do know that I feel much more confident that it is on HBO and not a major network. We will of course follow additional news about Newsroom as it develops.
The man, the myth, the legend, Sam Waterston has officially joined Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming television show, a cable news anchor drama tentatively titled More As This Story Develops. Like every previous Sorkin show, this one will give us a behind the scenes look at the hectic life of an occupation that you probably wouldn’t want to see a television show about if it wasn’t written by Aaron Sorkin. Jeff Daniels will star as the aforementioned anchor while Waterston will play his boss. While details on the production are scarce, here’s what we do know: people will walk and talk (quickly, in both cases), friends will become enemies, enemies will become friends, it will make us laugh, it will make us cry, and it will get cancelled because it’s too “smart”.
What’s that, Virginia? No, I’m not still bitter about Studio 60.
Really, I’m just pumped to see Sam Waterston in a new role. In the same way that Pinocchio had Jiminy Cricket, and True Romance‘s Clarence had Val Kilmer’s Elvis, in times of great stress or adversity I am often comforted by the wise words of Jack “Hang ‘Em High” McCoy. Remember, “There’s no statute of limitations on murder”.
In May of 2005, I had just graduated from high school. A friend of mine was visiting from out of town, and while I was messing around on the internet one day, he said, “Hey, have you signed up for Facebook yet?” Never having heard of it, I asked what it was. He signed in and showed me what it was all about. I was delighted to learn that my school was one of only 100 or so that had access to the service at the time, so I signed up with my shiny new college e-mail address and began customizing everything. Of course back then, there were really only profiles, profile pictures, and walls. Little did I realize what a social phenomenon (and almost necessity) Facebook would become over the next five years.
I also didn’t know it at the time, but Facebook had already been around for over a year by the time I was first introduced to it, and it is that year with which The Social Network concerns itself. The new film from director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin tells the story of the inception and rise of Facebook, looking at the lives of founders and best friends Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. The story is well crafted, the film is well shot, and the acting is superb. Read on to find out why The Social Network is all over your news feed.