The Newsroom is the new television series from Aaron Sorkin, the creator of the West Wing and Academy Award winner writer of The Social Network. For the first season of the show about the news, HBO has assembled a wonderful group of actors to bring Sorkin's eclectic characters, not to mention his signature quick quips, to life. And to start introducing the rather large ensemble, the network has released these 'character spots' for Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston and Olivia Munn.
First up is Jeff Daniels' lead anchor Will McAvoy. At the centre of most of the marketing so far, we know that his newsman is in the middle of a crisis of conscience and fed up with feeding the nation fluff pieces. This spot, however, focuses more on his personality and namely the fact that he's not very nice. We also get a brief look at Dev Patel's Neal Sampat, the person in charge of writing Will's blog.
The next spot is for Mortimer's Mackenzie McHale, a multiple Peabody Award winning executive producer and recent hire to run McAvoy's 'News Night.' With a background in war reporting, Mackenzie is ready for combat and oddly optimistic as she tries to turn the fledgling program into something of worth.
The is the first real look at Olivia Munn's Sloan Sabbith, the very attractive and unemotional financial analyst for the news program. When she was cast people were not convinced she'd be up to task but the short snippet has me convinced as I really enjoyed the stoic, no-nonsense portrayal. See what you think.
The last spot introduces Sam Waterston's Charlie Skinner, the president of Atlantis Cable News and essentially everyone's boss. Well, everyone's boss but Jane Fonda. Waterston's Charlie is an idealistic old school newsman and serves as the buffer between News Night and the corporate brass begging for the return of the former fluff. I love the last line.
With so many characters in the large cast still unaccounted for - Jane Fonda, Dev Patel, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr. and Thomas Sadoski - can we expect additional spots from HBO? More as the story develops. The Newsroom premieres Sunday, June 24 on HBO.