"There are a great many people who weren't just disappointed with The Newsroom but really maddened by it. It was impossible to avoid hearing that," Aaron Sorkin, the show's creator, recently told The Hollywood Reporter in a cover story."I hope some of the people who were turned off by the show last year take a second look and maybe are a little bit happier."
Alison Pill plays an associate producer of News Night on the HBO show. In season two, Pill travels to Africa to chase a story. “I feel like that’s what will most be missed in old media,” she told THR at the premiere. “The ability to have somebody pay you enough that you can live for six months and follow a story. I think that’s important."
Jeff Daniels, who portrays anchor Will McAvoy, says his character doesn't take cues from Keith Olbermann. "It never came up in any rehearsal or any meeting," he told THR in a recent cover story on the HBO show. At the beginning of the second season, McAvoy is still managing the fallout for deeming the Tea Party the "American Taliban" while on the air.
Olivia Munn, who portrays ACN's resident financial expert Sloan Sabbith, hit the carpet at The Newsroom premiere. "I watch CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC; I listen to news in the car on my Sirius," she explained about the TV networks she regularly tunes into.
John Gallagher Jr.
Tony-winning actor John Gallagher Jr. plays a senior producer on News Night in the HBO show. He is sent to cover Mitt Romney in New Hampshire early in season two. Mostly he's on Twitter to learn about breaking news: "When news breaks, that’s how I hear about it, usually, is on my phone."
Thomas Sadowski's character, Don Keefer, was described on the show as being well-versed in the "dark arts" of tabloid news. In real life, the actor prefers PBS. "The fact that they’re not full of graphics and shit blowing up and all of that stuff [like cable news], for me, is actually a bonus," he said of the news channel to THR at the premiere.
The News Team
From Left to Right: Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadowski, Alison Pill and John Gallagher Jr. on the carpet at the premiere.
Chris Chalk, who portrays an associate producer on McAvoy's program, on the carpet at the premiere. Chalk, who also recently appeared on Homeland, said of his own TV watching: "There’s not 24 hours of news going on everyday. There’s just not. So I can watch when a breaking story happens and probably an hour after that and then when they get the facts."
Dev Patel's character runs the blog for News Night and becomes fascinated with the nascent Occupy Wall Street movement in season two, where he begins to attend meetings and pitch story ideas.
Kelen Coleman (The Mindy Project, The Office), plays Lisa Lambert in The Newsroom, the best friend of Alison Pill's character, Maggie Jordan.
Actress Margaret Judson, who plays an associate producer on McAvoy's show, had previously worked at MSNBC programming during primetime. She first met the HBO show's creator, Aaron Sorkin, in the newsroom at the cable channel.
Sam Waterston, who plays the president of cable news channel ACN's news division, is seen here with his wife, Lynn Louisa Woodruff, on the carpet at the premiere.
'The Newsroom' Stars
"I didn't see it and I get that they probably didn't mean it as a compliment, but the show is a liberal fantasy," Sorkin told THR when asked about a segment on Fox News that attacked the show and referred to it as a "liberal fantasy." From Left to Right: Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn.
House of Cards and Entourage actress Constance Zimmer joins the second season of the HBO show. In The Newsroom, she plays a staffer working on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.