HBO BRINGS “THE NEWSROOM” BACK ON AIR
HBO Latin America announced that the second season of its original acclaimed drama series, The Newsroom, will premiere on July 14th in the Caribbean, simultaneously with the United States. Created by Oscar® and four-time Emmy® award winner Aaron Sorkin, this smart, topical and humorous series follows on the on- and off-camera lives of the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) Network’s “News Night” staff, with an idealistic mission to do the news well despite facing a fickle audience, corporate mandates and tangled personal relationships. Jeff Daniels (Golden Globe® nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama) stars as Will McAvoy, the cable-news show’s volatile anchor.
Season one, which was nominated for a Golden Globe® in the Best Television Series – Drama category, ends with Nina Howard (Hope Davis) surprising Mac (Emily Mortimer) with a damning revelation that jeopardizes Will’s future at ACN, while Jim (John Gallagher, Jr.), Don (Thomas Sadoski) and Maggie (Alison Pill) reach a crossroads. Meanwhile, as Sloan (Olivia Munn) weighs a new job offer and Neal (Dev Patel) uses his internet alter-ego to smoke out a threat, Will, Mac and Charlie (Sam Waterson) face off with Leona (Jane Fonda) and Reese (Chris Messina) during a tension-filled lunch meeting.
One of the season’s major storylines involves a wrongful-termination lawsuit made by a staff member alleged to have doctored a report about a suspicious U.S. drone strike, and this season depicts the “News Night” staff preparing to give depositions in the lawsuit as details about the suit’s origin and aftermath emerge.
Joining season two as guest cast members are Oscar® winner Marcia Gay Harden as Rebecca Halliday, a lawyer hired to defend ACN staffers in its wrongful-termination case; Hamish Linklater as Jerry Dantana, brought up from Washington to temporarily replace Jim when he heads to the Romney campaign; Grace Gummer as Hallie Shea, a reporter competing with Jim on the Romney campaign trail; Constance Zimmer as Taylor Warren, a Romney campaign press spokesperson who questions the coverage her campaign is getting from the media; and Riley Voelkel as Jennifer, the student hired by Will as an intern in the season one finale after he railed at her question, “What makes the U.S. the greatest country in the world?” in Episode 1.
Executive producers for The Newsroom include Aaron Sorkin, winner of an Oscar® and four Emmys® (The Social Network, Moneyball, Charlie Wilson’s War, A Few Good Men, and The West Wing), as well as Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men) and Alan Poul (Six Feet Under).