Last fall we got our hands on a draft for Aaron Sorkin's latest television show, set inside the world of a 24-hour-news network, and got very excited. As fans of Sorkin's work (especially SportsNight and The West Wing) this new, still untitled show, seemed like the perfect outlet for the writer's voice in every way that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was not. So today when word finally broke that HBO had picked up the show, we breathed a deep sigh of relief.
Lots of details about the drama—like its name and when it will premiere—are still up in the air. But we do know this: The show stars Jeff Daniels as a fictional news anchor named Will McAllister; Emily Mortimer plays his executive producer (and former love interest); Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and Thomas Sadoski play the show's crew; and no less than Law & Order super-lawyer Sam Waterston will be on hand to play the network's boss, Charlie.
We're very curious to see what the final version of the pilot looks like, as the original script was directly about the BP oil spill which could be very old news by the time the show gets to air. Then again, Sorkin is famous for his quick turnarounds so that script might already be long gone. And while we assume that the show will include Sorkin's famous walk-and-talk tracking shots, they won't be shot by the man who made them famous, the writer's oft-collaborator Thomas Schlamme. Still, yay! Guess we have another reason to keep our HBO subscription around between Game of Thrones seasons.