Meet Margaret Judson, everyone. She’s from Arlington Heights in the North Chicago suburbs, and she works on a TV program as both a consultant and a fake producer. What’s that? Did you just ask if we really meant to write “Margaret Jordan,” the character played by Alison Pill on HBO’s The Newsroom?
Funny you should ask. In actuality, Margaret Judson is just a young 20-something who used to work for MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann before being “discovered” by Aaron Sorkin and asked to consult on The Newsroom!
And wait, it just got weirder.
Big Apple Idolatry
– Jay Z was not “right next to De Niro” the other night at Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday. The Taxi Driver star gave the Jigga a Meet the Fockers-level awkward greeting when Jay-Z tried to approach the King of Comedy only to get rebuffed because he had never returned Bob’s phone calls. Even Beyoncé Read More
Today The Hollywood Reporter announced that Aaron Sorkin’s confusingly uncanceled HBO drama The Newsroom will be featuring two new cast members in its second season. The show, which has suffered from mixed reviews and sinking ratings, made headlines midseason when Mr. Sorkin fired (almost) all his writers, and apparently replaced them with alt-comedy fans.
So get ready for Will McAvoy to butt heads with not only economist lady Olivia Munn, but also King of Queens* actor Patton Oswalt. And also Rosemary DeWitt.
TABLOID JOURNALISM 101
So: a New York Post escapee/former columnist and reporter named Mandy Stadtmiller—who, according to her Wikipedia page “quit The New York Post and announced her upcoming ebook in the style of The Devil Wears Prada (novel) about her time working for News Corp. — including her time appearing on the front page of the newspaper with a gigolo — called “News Whore.’“—is back in the regular editorial hustle.
She’s now a deputy editor at xoJane. Even more, her big debut for the site is about how she supposedly inspired a character on Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom. But less exciting than the fact that she inspired a character on The Newsroom—which, really, what can be less exciting? A character on Studio 60?—is the way she characterized the Post to Aaron Sorkin on a date, and now, blogged about it.
Last night, news broke that Aaron Sorkin had fired most of the writing staff of his HBO fantasy/romance set in a fictional 2010 alterna-verse where everything was perfect and nothing hurt, The Newsroom.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s preternatural fear and loathing of All Things Internet recently flared up during a press interview for The Newsroom. It has now been turned into a meme.
Aaron Sorkin’s back with another shot at television with the premiere of HBO’s latest, The Newsroom, last night. Like his ‘Sports Night‘ and ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip‘ before it, the show takes place in TV. Unlike those shows, they can say “fuck” on this one. Starring Jeff Daniels as the Olbermann-esque Will McEvoy, ‘The Newsroom‘ opens up by indicting America, and specifically, American media, and dares to answer the question: What would greatness in news look like in 2012?
Last night, he gave us an hour’s worth of answers. This morning, some editors of the Observer gathered to talk about how he managed the task.
Former Fox Mole Joe Muto reappeared on Slate last week, writing about the verisimilitude of Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO Series, The Newsroom.
“I spent almost eight years working in cable news before I decided earlier this year to exit the industry in a quiet, dignified fashion, so naturally the show piqued my curiosity,” he wrote. “Sorkin deserves credit for Read More
Sex and the City
In 1998, the idea of four single gals out on the town talking about men the way men talked about them seemed scandalous, even for HBO. Yet the last time we saw our favorite foursome from Sex and the City–wearing burkas in Abu Dhabi, we believe–they had all but settled down. (Except for Samantha, obviously.)
But the real-life ladies who portrayed Samantha, Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda have not been so man-obsessed as their post-feminist counterparts. Only Sarah Jessica Parker has remained married all these years to actor Matthew Broderick. Kim Cattrall has bounced around in three different marriages, including Larry David. Cynthia Nixon liked girls (not Girls) more than bartender Steve, and Kristin Davis’ love-life was reduced in the tabloids to an image of her giving a blowjob.
Two years after SATC 2, and the ladies may have finally found their matches. Not that there is anything wrong with being single in the Big Apple…right ladies?
Of all the pieces to be yielded by Andrew Breitbart’s death, this one is handily the strangest: A report from Daily Mail columnist Toby Harnden that the controversial conservative pundit was working on a CNN show with Anthony Weiner, the New York congressman ousted by a sexting scandal last year.