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HBO Picks Start Date for Season Two of Sorkin's 'Newsroom'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 12, 2013 at 3:18PM

HBO is giving us some meaty counterprogramming during the summer, when multiplexes are jammed with mindless popcorn fare. The


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HBO is giving us some counterprogramming to chew on over the summer, when multiplexes are jammed with mindless popcorn fare. They're debuting the second season of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" on Sunday July 14 at 10-11 PM ET/PT.       

This season series creator Sorkin sends the staff of “News Night” on a chase after a mysterious tip, which leads to a story that ultimately spins out of control.

We'll see how much juicy material Sorkin parses out to his hungry ensemble cast, led by Jeff Daniels as the anchorman, Emily Mortimer as his executive producer, their boss Sam Waterston, and a sprawling younger news team. Of that group, Olivia Munn has fared the best.

Of course I want more from network honcho Jane Fonda, who wields more far more authority than Mortimer, who has a ditzy Annie Hall quality. The show's gender dynamics and politics have yielded endless chatter, which is sure to continue.

Sorkin executive produces along with Scott Rudin and Alan Poul.

This article is related to: The Newsroom, HBO, Television

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.