HBO's 'Newsroom' Opens to Solid 2.1 Million Viewers

The Aaron Sorkin drama bows ahead of "Luck" and "True Blood," and ranks as the cable network's third-best drama premiere since 2008.

The Newsroom (HBO) Series Premiere “We Just Decided To”

The Newsroom  “We Just Decided To” premieres  Sunday June 24 10 pm ET/PT. Episode Synopsis:  Surviving  the fallout from a meltdown, ACN “News Night” anchor Will McAvoy returns to his job and finds his executive producer and most of his staff are leaving his show. Will also learns he’s been assigned a new EP: MacKenzie McHale, a former girlfriend. Will and his overhauled staff face an immediate challenge when breaking news  comes over the wire. Read More...  

'The Newsroom' 1.02 Preview: Guests Bail Out on 'News Night' Appearance

Will's attempt to keep secret of his separation from Mackenzie turns to no avail, while a financial analyst is recruited for a nightly segment.

'The Newsroom': Is the Aaron Sorkin magic back?

Aaron Sorkin, the man behind "Sports Night" and four-time Outstanding Drama Series Emmy-winner "The West Wing," debuted a new show on HBO Sunday night (June 24) - "The Newsroom," starring Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, an anchor on a major cable news network, Sam Waterston as the president of the network and Emily Mortimer as the new executive producer who has a complicated past with McAvoy.The show definitely has Sorkin's fingerprints all over it - the break-neck dialogue, the pedo-conferencing, the "anti"-American rant done as hundreds of cell phones were on record - reminiscent of the on-air rant by Wes Mendell that kicked off "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," though the topic of the rant was different and "Studio 60" never really found its footing as a show.Will "West Wing" and "Sports Night" fans flock to "The Newsroom"? It seems like they might - there is a lot of room for the type of...

Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' asks all the right questions

Let's make this simple: "The Newsroom" is the most important drama to make it to television in years.This is not a political statement -- unless the national debate has plunged to such lows that complimenting a show that dares to say what thinking people have been questioning for years is somehow political.HBO's drama, debuting Sunday, June 24, has it all: actors who feel as if they were born to these parts and writing that proves there is hope for TV beyond talent contests, braying shoppers and those in need of psychotropic drugs.Tackling the issue of how crucial an informed public is to democracy, the drama captures the terrific energy in a newsroom when a huge story breaks. It uses its characters to question what's happening in the national arena. There's a lot going on and it takes the singular talent of "West Wing" creator and Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network," "Moneyball") to pull...

'The Newsroom' Drinking Game

Aaron Sorkin's HBO cable news drama " The Newsroom " (premieres Sun., June 24, 10 p.m. ET) has been so thoroughly pilloried in the week leading up to its premiere that it appears some drinking may be in order. In the spirit of numbing the pain, and getting in the right frame of mind to enjoy that snappy Sorkin dialogue, HuffPost TV has devised a "Newsroom" drinking game ... because even a somewhat flawed Sorkin misfire is much more fun to watch than most of the other awful new shows coming to TV this fall . Read more from the cast of "The Newsroom":

The Newsroom: Aaron Sorkin Takes on the Fourth Estate

In an early scene of HBO's new Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom , a college student asks the show's hero, Will McAvoy, why the U.S. is the best country in the world.  It's a vapid question, to be sure, but Will's mean-spirited answer — he says simply that it isn't, and then rattles off a withering, Sorkinian litany of statistics about literacy, life expectancy and infant mortality that prove his point — is both electrifying and kind of depressing. Will ( Jeff Daniels , in his first TV series role) is a moderate Republican cable news anchor whose show, "News Night," has succeeded in the ratings because Will has played it safe, journalistically speaking. (One critic calls him the "Jay Leno of news anchors.") When we first meet him, he's in a rut, and his staff, none too impressed with his very public tantrum, has decided to seek other employment....

'Newsroom' Creator Insists Jeff Daniels' Character Isn't Based on Keith Olbermann

Glad that he 'can finally clear this up,' Aaron Sorkin says he didn't base the outspoken character in the upcoming HBO series on the political commentator.

The Newsroom: Spoilers for the First Four Episodes

Thus far in his series television career, Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin has peeled the curtain back and taken his audience inside the worlds of politics, sketch comedy, and sports news. His upcoming fourth venture into the medium, The Newsroom , looks to take the political focus of The West Wing and the news angle of Sports Night to create a look at the American cable news system. In The Newsroom , we'll be following anchor Will McAvoy, having phoned in his performance on well-rated News Night and losing his journalistic fire in the process. However, once he gets embroiled in scandal, he becomes a much less passive newsman, utilizing a new team to bring back the news standards of years gone by. Can Will and his latest crew of executive producers, reporters, and staff make the show they want to and report the news the way they see fit? Read More...