HBO debuted the trailer for its new series The Newsroom last night, marking the return to television for one of the most storied writers in the medium’s history, Aaron Sorkin.
Fans of Sorkin should be thrilled by what they see, as The Newsroom seems to be the perfect blend of his previous shows — Sports Night, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip — only this time with a lot more cursing.
Behind the scenes workings of a popular show? Check. A cantankerous leading man? Check. Passive-aggressive political agenda? Check. Exhausting rants? Check.
Surely, The Newsroom has plenty of potential, but judging by this first glance at Will McAvoy, the once straight-ahead news anchor who has blown his fuse, he comes off as more than a little bit unlikeable. But casting Jeff Daniels in the lead will hopefully be a stroke of genius, as I trust him to balance this guy’s strong ideals and brash behavior to give the audience at least a somewhat sympathetic protagonist.
Daniels has plenty of talent to bounce off of as well, as the cast is rounded out by a nice mix of seasoned veterans (Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterson) and likable newcomers (Alison Pill, Dev Patel, John Gallagher Jr., Olivia Munn).
Check out the trailer for yourself below. The Newsroom premieres on HBO Sunday, June 24.