April 01, 2012 6:48pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
First Trailer for HBO's Aaron Sorkin Drama 'The Newsroom' Released (Video)
First, he showed you behind the scenes of The West Wing, then he won an Oscar for his account of the creation of Facebook. Now, Aaron Sorkin is revealing the gritty side of The Newsroom.
HBO has released the first full-length trailer for Sorkin's new Jeff Daniels starrer The Newsroom, which explores the inner-workings of a 24-hour cable news network.
The hourlong drama stars Daniels as Will, the Keith Olbermann of news anchors, and follows him as he becomes unraveled and does what ever he can to hold on to his audience.
Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, John Gallgher Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski and Sam Waterston star. Jane Fonda recurs as the CEO of the cable news network's parent company whose ideals often clash with the news outlet she oversees.
"Progress is slow, but I'm in it for the long haul," Will says after expressing a string of less-than-popular political views.
Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for penning the screenplay forThe Social Network, will executive produce and write after spending time with high-profile cable news personalities like Olbermann and Chris Matthews to understand the world he planned to re-create.
Scott Rudin (The Social Network) and Alan Poul (Six Feet Under, The Big C) serve as executive producers, withGreg Mottola directing the pilot.
Newsroom becomes the latest in Sorkin's behind-the-scenes TV takes, following his exploration of a sports talk show in SportsNight and focus on sketch comedy in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Check out the promo below.