HBO picks up Aaron Sorkin’s new TV series

For those concerned Aaron Sorkin would abandon television after winning an Oscar for his Social Network screenplay, fear not! HBO has given a series order for his new show about a cable news organisation.

According to THR, the untitled drama stars Jeff Daniels as a news anchor, Emily Mortimer as his executive producer and Sam Waterston as his boss. Alison Pill, Olivia Munn and Dev Patel will play newsroom staff.

Greg Mottola (Superbad, Paul) directed the pilot for the series, formerly known as More As This Story Develops. Considering Sorkin’s storied career in TV (Sports Night, The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), it seemed unlikely HBO would decline the opportunity to pick up the show.

Sorkin reportedly spent time with MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews to get an idea of the news world.

Discuss: Excited to see a new Sorkin series, or would you prefer to see him work more in film?

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