HBO just said it has picked up that Aaron Sorkin drama about a cable news operation. This has been expected, but the official announcement is significant for a few reasons. Notably this: One of the most celebrated writers in TV history now officially has a new home, and it seems like an appropriate one.
Here's the logline (below) on the show, which stars some names like Jeff Daniels, Alison Pill (talented young actress who made a splash in "In Treatment" and elsewhere) and Sam Waterston. That last name is especially significant because my bet is that this new show will be filmed in New York; Waterston has long been reluctant to work anywhere else, so he can stay close to homes in NYC and Connecticut. And if you're lucky enough to get Sam, you go where he wants. (Any bets Munn plays the chipper co-anchor?)
"The series centers on a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski) and their boss (Sam Waterston). Together they set 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."