Trailer For The Newsroom Shows Aaron Sorkin And HBO’s Take On Cable News

It was a big weekend for HBO fans the past few days. Game of Thrones made its triumphant return (Peter Dinklage for the win!), we got a longer view of the The Thick of It crew’s hopefully triumphant take on American politics, and we got our first glimpse at The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin’s new series about the behind the scenes struggles of a cable news show.

The series follows Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, an anchor for fictional Atlantis Cable News, whose previous attempts to be an objective journalist falls apart after he has a meltdown during a Q&A session. At least, that’s what I’m getting from this trailer.

Sorkin spent a bunch of time hanging out on the sets of real cable news shows like Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Hardball with Chris Matthews so we’ve got some high hopes. At the very least, we hope it’s better than Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, the last television-based series Sorkin made which also opened with a Network-like meltdown.

Of course, this show already has Studio 60 beat in one respect. One of the (many) failings that that incredibly watchable train wreck had was that every time we saw the show within a show (which was supposed to be groundbreaking comedy), it was unwatchable garbage. Fortunately for The Newsroom, 90% of cable news shows are already unwatchable garbage so this could just be realism!

Watch the trailer from HBO below:

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