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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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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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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.

Aaron Sorkin on the ‘Musical Dialogue’ of ‘The Newsroom’

Vanity Fair previews the upcoming HBO seriesThe Newsroom,” from “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin.

Sorkin says that to him, plot is secondary to his style of dialogue:

“I kind of see plot as a necessary intrusion on what I really want to do, which is write musical dialogue,” Sorkin says of his notoriously snappy style of discourse. “So these arguments aren’t me finding sort of a clever way to be politically persuasive. [The news is] just a really rich area for arguing.” He admits, “I’m pretty wordy when I write.”

Meanwhile castmember Emily Mortimer hints that the series will involve some serious sexual tension, though between which members of the cast isn’t readily apparent.
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Introducing ‘Atlantis Cable News,’ The Cable News Channel On Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’

Say hello to “Atlantis Cable News,” or “ACN” for short.

ACN is the fictional cable news channel at the heart of Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming HBO drama “The Newsroom,” slated to debut this Summer.

A source close to the show tells TVNewser that HBO is leaning towards launching the series on Sunday, June 24th, most likely after vampire drama “True Blood.”

Atlantis Cable News exists in Sorkin’s universe as part of a media conglomerate, Atlantis World Media, led by CEO Leona Lansing, played by Jane Fonda.

The program may exist in Sorkin’s universe, but that universe shares many similarities with our own. When “The Newsroom” debuts, episodes will focus around actual recent news events. The original pilot script for the program (you can read the first page here) was about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and one episode currently in development is about the death of Osama bin Laden, our source says.

Sorkin’s original script had the main character Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) host his program “News Night” at a network called “UBS,” an overt reference to the classic film “Network” which was set at a channel with the same name. Sorkin and HBO have decided to move away from that homage for when the program finally launches.

We are told that one of the reasons for the change from UBS to ACN is the ability to “own,” the name, and create accompanying materials like merchandise and websites.

ACN may be fictional, but it will have a very real presence on the Web, according to someone close to the production. HBO has already secured atlantiscablenews.com and www.atantisworldmedia.com, and is expected to build out pages on both websites. Right now a visit to www.atlantiscablenews.com reveals a blank page, except for the words “I don’t think you should be looking at this page,” but that will change later this year.

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It’s Official: Aaron Sorkin’s HBO Cable News Show To Be Called ‘The Newsroom’

HBO has confirmed what TVNewser first reported earlier this month: the highly-anticipated Aaron Sorkin series about cable news will be called “The Newsroom” when it debuts on HBO next year.

HBO released a video looking back at 2011 and previewing 2012, in which the first few frames from the program make an appearance (around 1:50 into the video):

“The Newsroom” follows “News Night” anchor Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his team. We will have more on the series in the coming weeks.

Jane Fonda Joining Sorkin’s HBO Series ‘Newsroom’

HBO has cast Jane Fonda in its upcoming cable news series from Aaron Sorkin, currently titled “The Newsroom.”

According to TV Line’s Michael Ausiello, Fonda “will play Leona Lansing, the CEO of cable news network’s parent company. She’s a titan and her corporate concerns often conflict with the reporting of the news outlet she owns.”

As Ausiello notes, Fonda’s character sounds suspiciously like CNN founder Ted Turner, someone she would know a thing or two about. Fonda was married to Turner from 1991-2001.

So Long AOL TV. Site Becomes HuffPost TV

An Aol brand is taking on le nom de Huffington. Arianna Huffington just announced the launch of HuffPost TV, a re-launch of the site formerly known as AOL TV. From Arianna:

In its new incarnation, HuffPost TV will have many of the same features you’ve come to know: exclusive interviews and clips, reviews and recaps, and TV listings. But now, we’re adding HuffPost’s powerful blog and community platforms to the mix, giving you an even more comprehensive — and much more social — look at everything happening in the world of TV, both onscreen and off.

Contributors on the site today include Bill Maher, Aaron Sorkin, Norman Lear and Dr. Phil. The vibrant MEDIA section of Huffington Post continues reporting on the TV News side of television. Aol bought Huffington Post earlier this year for $315 million.

Will HBO and Aaron Sorkin Draw Canada’s Ire With The Name Of Their New Show ‘Newsroom’?

Yesterday TVNewser revealed that “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin‘s new HBO program would be called “Newsroom” or “The Newsroom.” A number of bloggers, including Variety‘s Jon Weisman and Jim Romenesko noted that the name might sound familiar to some TV fans, as it was the title of a popular Canadian TV series that aired in the 1990′s and early 2000′s. The Canadian series, from Ken Finkleman, was a dark comedy in the same vein as “The Larry Sanders Show,” but set in a fictional newsroom filled with self-absorbed, petty newsmen and women.

So, will HBO find itself in some legal hot water because of the name? Don’t bet on it.

A quick search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website confirms that HBO has filed for a trademark on “The Newsroom” (see screengrab below) and with the Canadian series no longer airing, it is unlikely to be contested.

Bonus: How does Sorkin’s original pilot script open? Check out the first page of the script below, which features “News Night” anchor Will McCallister reading over some hate mail:
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