By Michael Gioia
02 Jul 2012
|Photo by John P. Johnson|
In "The Newsroom," Daniels (God of Carnage) is joined by Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening), Alison Pill (Lieutenant of Inishmore), Jane Fonda (33 Variations, There Was a Little Girl), Sam Waterston (Abe Lincoln in Illinois), Emily Mortimer (The Merchant of Venice, The Light), Thomas Sadoski (The House of Blue Leaves, Other Desert Cities), Josh Pence ("The Social Network"), Olivia Munn and Dev Patel.
Also popping up in the pilot were theatre stars David Cromer (the director-actor of Our Town, and director of Tribes), Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities), David Harbour (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Jason Butler Harner (Cock).
The series premiered June 24 on HBO and was picked up for a second season after airing only two episodes. The premiere episode of "Newsroom" drew in 2.1 million total viewers.
In the series, theatre veterans Pill and Gallagher Jr. are featured as Margaret "Maggie" Jordan and Jim Harper, respectively. When Jim comes to work for McAvoy's program, he begins to develop a crush on Maggie, an associate producer on the assignment desk.
Sorkin, Scott Rudin and Alan Poul are executive producers on the series; Denis Biggs, Greg Mottola and Paul Redford are co-executive producers. Sorkin is also writing the libretto to the new musical Houdini.
Additionally, HBO has renewed "True Blood" for a sixth season. The series features stage stars Anna Paquin (The Glory of Living), Christopher Meloni (Ireland Gate Theatre's A View From the Bridge) and Rutina Wesley (The Submission), among others.