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Terry Crews Joins Cast Of Aaron Sorkin's HBO Drama 'The Newsroom'

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 3, 2012 11:51 AM
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Fresh off his participation in the upcoming Expendables sequel, muscle man Terry Crews has joined the cast of the new Aaron Sorkin HBO drama The Newsroom.

His character, described as "a bodyguard, and unofficial life coach" for star Will McAvoy (played by Jedd Daniels), will be introduced in episode 6 on July 29.

The Newsroom was just renewed for a second season, but whether Crews will return to the show next year is unknown.

Jeff Daniels stars as news anchor Will McAvoy, who takes a mandatory leave of absence after a public tirade against America during a political debate. Upon his return, he discovers that most of his staff has quit and that his boss Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston) has hired his ex-girlfriend MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) as his new executive producer. She and Will immediately clash when she envisions the creation of a new kind of news show, where entertainment and ratings are irrelevant and facts are of primary importance.

Critical reaction to the series has been mixed. But it's an Aaron Sorkin drama, so I'll give it a look.

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  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 4, 2012 7:27 PMReply

    They say: "unofficial life coach." I say: "magical Negro."

  • Robgee | July 3, 2012 11:57 PMReply

    Agreed, Peggy. We need to to stop giving Sorkin a pass because he's written a few entertaining scenes. I have no desire to support yet another show that foments white and/or male supremacy. No thanks show-with-talented-Black-guy-playing-pointless-servile-role, and I'll give my eyeballs and my money to entertainment I can believe in.

  • Peggy | July 3, 2012 7:29 PMReply

    So...the only black on the show is a bodyguard? Like, the only black on the West Wing(not counting semi regulars)was the bodyman or butler to the President? I like Aaron Sorkin's work (that is, I like Paddy Chayefsky's work which he is copying)but he has a serious problem with women and blacks.

  • troy | July 3, 2012 1:33 PMReply

    Jeff Daniels and I can't see how their relationship will work from watching the show. Should be a meaty as every scene is inundated with dialogue and capped with Sorkinisms.

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