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.
If anyone is still watching The Newsroom after its anti-climatic Operation: Genoa denouement–Seriously? We’re all just going to be let off the hook for Jerry Dantana’s colossal fuss-up? (Just kidding, we don’t know Jerry’s last name enough to care.)–you might also be interested in the fact that the show might be renewed for a third season. Yikers Island.
Here’s Funny or Die’s takedown of Aaron Sorkin’s blow job to himself and the rest of his liberal demographic cronies: “It’s soundtrack is Coldplay. They have a storyline based around the kid from Slumdog Millionaire believing in Bigfoot and it has the worst–period–writing–period–for women–period–ever–period…period.”
Update: Michael Gluckstadt, an online editor at HBO.com, responded to the OWS statement on Twitter after this item went to press. Read his reply after the jump.
Anyone who watched last week’s premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s gripping drama The Newsroom–where the discovery of American drone strikes and Troy Davis take narrative second fiddle to the saga of a producer finding a video of herself screaming at her crush on a Sex and the City tour bus on YouTube–will know that this season has put its laser gaze on Occupy Wall Street.
The premiere featured News Night blogger Neal Sampat getting a hot tip about OWS a whole week before Zuccotti Park was overtaken. Because he’s a blogger and reads a lot of Reddit, so he knows something big is about to go down. Attending an early General Assembly meeting–where everyone fingerwags (true to life!) and makes the letter C with their hand when they have a question (not so much!), he befriends the meeting’s leader, Shelly Wexler, an anthropology major who seems preternaturally calm about the lack of press.
She spouts a lot of OWS rhetoric about staying in the park till their demands are met, which include “the persecution of the people responsible for the financial crash, a presidential commission to investigate corruption in politics, the ratification of a Constitutional amendment.”
So what do the actual OWS members think about their Sorkin makeover?
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.
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.
Last night’s premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom may have been a bit of a letdown, but we’re holding out hope for HBO’s new Sunday night staple. After all, the M. Night Shyamalan twist that SPOILER ALERT the whole series takes place in 2010 was kind of a neat trick, right?
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
If you’re still on The Internet and/or not checked out of your job in media or publishing for the week already, that brief rumble you’re about to hear is the collective groan as word spreads on the title of Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama: