Ten fun facts about The Newsroom


Fact 1
The series chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel.

Fact 2
It features an ensemble cast including Jeff Daniels as anchor Will McAvoy, who, together with his staff, sets out to put on a news show.

Fact 3
In 2012, The Newsroom was honored, along with four others, with the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series. The series also received two nominations at the 70th Golden Globe Awards, for Best Television Series—Drama and Best Actor—Television Series Drama for Jeff Daniels.


Fact 4
Sorkin, who created the Emmy Award–winning political drama The West Wing, had reportedly been developing a cable-news-centered TV drama since 2009. After months of negotiations, premium cable network HBO ordered a pilot in January 2011 and then a full series in September that year.

Fact 5
Critical reaction to the series in its first season was mixed. The show's second season has seen more positive responses from reviewers.

Fact 6
Daniels was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and won as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, in which the series received two other nominations, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Jane Fonda and Outstanding Main Title Design.

Fact 7
The role of MacKenzie McHale was initially offered to Marisa Tomei, but negotiations fell through.

Fact 8
The cable network ACN is fictional, but the news stories being covered in the broadcast are actual past news events.

Fact 9
Sorkin had planned for MSNBC host Chris Matthews and Andrew Breitbart to appear in a roundtable debate scene in the pilot. However, the idea was shot down by MSNBC purportedly because the network was displeased with the corporate culture portrayal of cable news and skewering of left-leaning media in the show's script.

Fact 10
With fewer than 10 credited writers, The Newsroom has fewer writers than most other television series.


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is an American television political drama series created and principally written by Aaron Sorkin that premiered on HBO on June 24, 2012.

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