PHILIPPINES, JULY 30, 2013 – Created by Oscar® winner Aaron Sorkin, this Golden Globe®-nominated HBO Original series THE NEWSROOM, a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program, is back with its corporate mandates and tangled personal relationships. Premiering in Asia on Monday, August 5 at 9pm exclusively on HBO and HBO HD,
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THE NEWSROOM follows a high-rated cable-news program, “News Night”, at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) Network on their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of a fickle audience, but the news stories covered are often actual past news events or stories which have been inspired by them.
Beginning a year later from where we had left off in season one, this nine-episode second season covers the period from August 2011 to November 2012, and touches on the administration’s anti-terrorism policy, Occupy Wall Street, Troy Davis, Trayvon Martin, Benghazi and, the primaries and general election. The second season begins in the days leading up to Election Night 2012, when the “News Night” staff is being prepared to give depositions in a lawsuit — the circumstances of which unfold throughout the season. A mysterious tip has led to the airing of a story with consequences no one could have anticipated.
In addition to Golden Globe nominee Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer who star as news anchor Will McAvoy and the show’s executive producer Mackenzie McHale, respectively, other returning cast regulars include John Gallagher, Jr. as Jim Harper, Mackenzie’s loyal producer, currently covering the Romney campaign; Alison Pill as associate producer Maggie Jordan; Thomas Sadoski as Don Keefer, Will’s former executive producer; Dev Patel as resourceful self-made newsman Neal Sampat; Olivia Munn as financial news analyst Sloan Sabbith; and Sam Waterston as Charlie Skinner, Will’s old-school boss.
Returning guests for season two include Oscar® winner Jane Fonda as Leona Lansing, the CEO of ACN’s parent company, Atlantis World Media; and Hope Davis as gossip columnist Nina Howard.
New to the guest cast are Oscar® winner Marcia Gay Harden as Rebecca Halliday, a lawyer hired to defend ACN staffers in its wrongful-termination case; Hamish Linklater as Jerry Dantana, who temporarily replaces Jim when he leaves to cover the Romney campaign; Grace Gummer as Hallie Shea, a reporter competing with Jim on the Romney campaign; and Constance Zimmer as Taylor Warren, a Romney campaign press spokesperson who questions the coverage her campaign is getting from the media.
THE NEWSROOM was created by Aaron Sorkin (Oscar® winner for writing “The Social Network,” executive producer and creator of the multiple Emmy® awards winner “The West Wing”). The first season of THE NEWSROOM received two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Television Series – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (Jeff Daniels).
The second season of the smart, thought- provoking and highly entertaining HBO Original series THE NEWSROOM premieres on Monday, August 5 at 9pm on HBO / HBO HD. Brand new episodes air weekly at the same time.
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