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The Newsroom Preview: Promo And An Invitation To The Set

HBO has yet to miss the mark with any of the previews for their upcoming drama The Newsroom. From the very first few glimpses at Aaron Sorkin's much anticipated return to television to the most recent (third) trailer everything about the series so far has looked great. Not that we should expect anything less from the Academy Award winning writer pairing up with the the most prestigious network in the medium but it is certainly making the month wait for the premiere seem even longer. In order to tide us over, HBO keeps releasing small tidbits from the series, careful not to reveal too much but also show enough of the Sorkin style and fantastic ensemble to get us all hooked and waiting for more... as the story develops.

Sorry, bad play on the original title for the series but by the looks of the latest and excellent poster, the phrase has since been tweaked into a perfectly fitting tagline for The Newsroom. I say, perfectly fitting not only since it's a common expression in the news-world but because it seems to sum up our protagonist latest whim of conscientious unpredictability. What will news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) crusade against? What bridges will he burn? How many times can his boss (played by the brilliant Sam Waterston) save him from the ever increasing corporate pressure? Well, if this new "Season 1 Promo" is to be believed, I'd say the answer to all of the above is a lot.

HBO has also released this "Invitation to the Set" to give audiences a look behind the scenes of The Newsroom and talk with some of the key creatives as well as showcase a few more bits of new footage.

What immediately struck me about the promo was not only the focus on Sorkin (which is obviously well deserved) but also getting to see Greg Mottola beside him in the director's seat. We've already discussed at length the many reasons to watch the program (most of them are reinforced in this invitation, namely the great creator and cast) and the fact that the film and TV director is behind the pilot only adds one more to the ever increasing list. Oh, it's also another link to the the voice-cameo from Sorkin's The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg because he was also the lead in Mottola's Adventureland. Great minds cast alike.

The Newsroom premieres Sunday, June 24 on HBO. It stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, Alison Pill, Dev Patel and Jane Fonda. It was created by Aaron Sorkin.