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Meet The Characters On HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’

In a week’s time, HBO will debut “The Newsroom,” the new series from Aaron Sorkin set at a fictional cable news channel called ACN.

Who are the main characters? BO has helpfully put some primers online.

Lead anchor Will McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels):

McAvoy’s new EP, Mackenzie McHale (played by Emily Mortimer):

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Sorkin On ‘The Newsroom’: ‘None of the characters are inspired by real people, not even a little bit’

TV and film writer Aaron Sorkin appeared at the All Things D conference, where he talked about writing the Steve Jobs biopic, and of course “The Newsroom,” his upcoming cable news-centric show on HBO.

Sorkin revealed some new details about the show, including the influence (or lack thereof) from real cable news channels.

“The show takes place in a fictional newsroom, none of the characters are inspired by real people, not even a little bit,” Sorkin said. “It’s entirely fictional. It isn’t meant to be anything on CNN, MSNBC or Fox, it’s generic cable news.”

He also talked about Dev Patel‘s character “Neal.” Patel plays a young staffer on ACN’s “News Night” who is the digital-savvy one on the team. He is an Internet idealist, and runs the show’s blog. “I have a blog?!?” anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) asks him in one scene.

“We get to see how the people who report the news first get the news themselves, and it is almost always entirely digital,” Sorkin says.

Sorkin also notes that the show will take place in the recent past, kicking off in the pilot episode with “a news event from about two years ago that we are all familiar with.”

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On The Set of HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’

HBO has released a behind-the-scenes look at “The Newsroom,” the upcoming series from Aaron Sorkin set at a fictional cable news channel.

The “set” is less of a set and more of an actual newsroom, with a real “bullpen,” studio and control room.

“Throw a satellite on top of the roof and we could broadcast,” quips star Jeff Daniels.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Meets The (Fictional) Press

HBO viewers may have noticed a familiar set on the comedy series “Veep” last night. Vice President Selina Meyer (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) needed to get some good press, so she was booked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to drum up support for immigration reform. Things go horribly awry, but you can watch the show for that.

Instead, you may note that yes, the show was taped on the actual “Meet the Press” set, though moderator David Gregory wasn’t there. He was “sick,” so there is a fake moderator instead.

Related: Frank Rich talks to mediabistroTV about his role in making “Veep”

Oh Look, Another Trailer For HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’

Fresh from HBO, another new trailer for the upcoming Aaron Sorkin series set in the world of cable news, “The Newsroom.”

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Bill Maher Producing New VICE Newsmagazine for HBO, Fareed Zakaria On Board As Consultant

HBO is launching a new TV newsmagazine series with VICE. VICE founder Shane Smith will host the program, which will be executive produced by Smith, comedian Bill Maher and VICE chief creative officer Eddy Moretti. CNN host Fareed Zakaria will serve as a consultant on the series, per his overall agreement with Time Warner signed in 2010. CNN is a sister network to HBO.

Potential subjects for the new series include “Taliban child suicide bombers; North Korean slave labor camps; New York’s underground voodoo heroin clinics; Somalian pirates; and Satanic dentists in the Pacific Northwest,” the network says. Some of the segments will likely be repurposed video content from Vice.com, like this segment on North Korean labor camps:

There is no premiere date or timeslot for the series, which will be called “VICE,” though HBO says it will be televised weekly. That said, TVNewser hears that it will likely debut as a lead-in or lead-out to “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which airs Friday nights on HBO.

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HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ Reveals More In Trailer Two

HBO has released its second trailer for the upcoming Aaron Sorkin series “The Newsroom.” The trailer goes into a bit more detail about some of the story, opening with news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) speaking to his viewers (on a set reminiscent of “ABC World News”):

“I am apologizing to the American people, for a failure of this news program during the time I have been in charge of it. The reason we failed isn’t a mystery, we took a dive for the ratings. I am quitting this circus and switching teams, I am going with the guys who are getting creamed.”

Jesse Eisenberg To Reprise Mark Zuckerberg Role For Aaron Sorkin’s HBO Series ‘The Newsroom’

Mark Zuckerberg and Jesse Eisenberg on 'SNL'

Actor Jesse Eisenberg, who starred in the hit film “The Social Network,” has been cast as a guest-star in the pilot of Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming HBO series “The Newsroom.” Sorkin wrote “The Social Network,” which starred Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Reports are vague as to who Eisenberg will play (they only say he will have a small voice-over role) but someone close to the show tells TVNewser that Eisenberg will be reprising his role as Zuckerberg, or as a “Zuckerberg-esque” Internet tycoon if the Powers That Be decide that the Facebook founder isn’t fair game.

Read more about HBO’s “The Newsroom” here and learn about the fictional cable news channel at the heart of the show–Atlantis Cable News–here.

Video: Jim Gray Pesters Boxing Ref Following Controversial Match

Jim Gray, co-star of The Decision and co-star of Pete Rose’s uncomfortable interview during the 1999 World Series, pestered boxing referee Russell Mora after this weekend’s controversial match between Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko, which Mares won by decision. Mares got away with a series of low blows, and though Mora warned Mares, he never docked him a point. Gray took issue with that, and asked Mora if Mares would have won the match without his help. Not surprisingly, Mora did not appreciate the question. Nor did he appreciate Gray’s assessment (shared by others) that this might have been one of the worst officiated matches in memory.

BTN Rolling Out BTN2Go In Time For Football Season

BTN (the Big Ten Network) is launching a new multi-platform extension called BTN2Go.

The new feature will include a live feed of all BTN linear network programming, beginning with the start of the 2011 college football season, BTN president Mark Silverman announced Wednesday.

“We’re tremendously excited to launch BTN2Go because, as mobile technology has advanced, this is something fans are asking for,” Silverman said. “Big Ten fans are frequently on the go, and would like to watch BTN while away from home. BTN2Go gives fans that option at no additional cost to them.” Read more

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