The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA hosts big events from time to time and recently at such an event Aaron Sorkin sat in on a panel and talked about his HBO venture THE NEWSROOM. The creator and executive producer had a few insights into how Season 2 will be structured and only one plot point was disclosed.
First, is that little tidbit about plot; the only one evidently offered during this panel. It was alluded that the characters of Don Keefer, who is the former News Night producer, and Sloan Sabbith, the economist on staff, become an item in the second season. They are played by Thomas Sadoski and Olivia Munn, respectively.
Also, Aaron Sorkin told the audience that Season 2 will pick up a week after where we saw Season 1 conclude and rattled off a list of topics ACN and the show’s viewers will deal with – from
[box]“The Tea Party, American Taliban, the General Election including the primaries and conventions, Trayvon Martin, the Affordable Care Act, and drones”[/box]
will all be broached. He added extra comment about whether the Newtown Shootings would be a topic of discussion. He said –
[box]“That’s a tough thing to write about without minimizing or exploiting it or spreading Cheez Whiz around it. It’s a profoundly important moment, and the last thing you want to do is handle it poorly.” [/box]
We will have to wait and see if that plays out or not. Another snippet has Sorkin addressing the critical hits THE NEWSROOM took its first season. He didn’t dwell on it and simply stated –
[box]“I hope some of the critics who weren’t happy with the first season will take a look at the second and maybe reassess their opinion,” he said. “But no one has ever won a fight with a television critic, and I doubt that I’ll be the first one.”[/box]
Executive producer Alan Poul made a cool comment regarding the issues when he said –
[box]“…that part of the problem critics and viewers may have with The Newsroom is that it’s in fact entertainment. Some people get confused, it looks and sounds like news. The set feels like news. So people think we’re re-creating the news. But we’re not.”[/box]
Brief discussion about journalism and acting also happened when the session was opened up to the cast as well. Present were Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterson, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn and Dev Patel.
No actual date has been locked down for the premiere of Season Two expected in June but, HBOWatch will keep an eye out for news, teasers and trailers as the new season approaches.
Check out Steve’s personal report from Paleyfest here.