Set in a fictional cable network, The Newsroom is HBO’s brand-new series that chronicles the behind-the-scenes events that give audience the insight of what happens on and off cam while news is being delivered.
Written by Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom is a 10-episode series that follows a news team on its quixotic mission to reclaim the legacy of the Fourth Estate in the face of a fickle audience, corporate mandates and tangled personal relationships.
The series, dubbed as one of HBO’s biggest release this year, has given it mixed reviews in the US, some saying it is “a long lecture rather than an intelligent discussion.” Nevertheless, the series is a big hit among the general public as it covers actual headline-making events in the past.
In the first episode, in the aftermath of his public tirade, acclaimed news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) returns to his job to find that most of his staff are leaving and his new executive producer is his ex-girlfriend, MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and when some breaking news about a potentially disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico hits the network, the staff faces a new challenge.
The Newsroom airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on HBO. It is also telecast an hour earlier on HBO HD.