Aaron Sorkin's New Show Will Make You Rethink Your HBO Budget

Ever since we cancelled our HBO subscription in an effort to rein in some household bills, I swear the network has been going out of their way to make me regret this move. Yes, it's all about me, Comcast Customer #4827103, and that's why HBO has picked up a news drama by none other than Aaron Sorkin. TO WOO ME BACK.

The network has commissioned 10 episodes of the currently-untitled drama (previously referred to as More As This Story Develops), and if you're a fan of Sorkin's cerebral scripts and rapid-fire dialogue (West Wing! Sports Night! The Social Network!), you'll probably like the premise: the story revolves around a news anchor striving for ethical journalism in the world of modern media.

I don't know about you, but I see a LOT of possibilities with this. Damn you, HBO. *checks cable bill, sighs heavily*

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The casting doesn't exactly have me worked up into a froth of anticipation (Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn, Sam Waterson), but I can definitely get behind the show description of a news crew setting out on a "patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements."

Back in February, Sorkin teased a few details about the show:

I'm loving the idea of coming back to television and taking the same combination of idealism and romanticism and realism that made government sexy on The West Wing and seeing if we can't do the same with the news and journalism, which are held in at least as much contempt. (...) It'll be aspirational. It'll be wish fulfillment. But they're going to lose as much as they're going to win. In other words, it's not going to be a fantasy. They're going to be trying to do well in a context where it's very difficult to do well when there are commercial concerns and political concerns and corporate concerns.

Apparently he wrote the pilot after he spent a ton of time at Keith Olbermann’s and Chris Matthews’ MSNBC shows, as well as behind the scenes at Fox News Channel and CNN programs. I can only imagine the interesting stuff he mined from those experiences. How does a team present non-divisive news content in an industry that's become increasingly sensational over the years? What sorts of ethical quandaries crop up as a media network competes for ratings while juggling any number of competing interests? Most importantly, how many seemingly coke-fueled monologues will Sorkin manage to include in each episode?

As if the writing talent isn't enough to catch your interest, Greg Mottola of Arrested Development/Superbad fame will be directing. I don't know, between missing my first-run True Bloods and HBO's continued success rate with original programming, I might have to re-visit my TV budget.

What do you think this new show? Are you interested?



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