HBO Orders Cable News Drama From Aaron Sorkin

NEW YORK – HBO says writer Aaron Sorkin is returning to TV with a series about cable news. The as-yet-untitled drama will center on a cable-news anchor played by Jeff Daniels and a newsroom boss played by Sam Waterston. Other cast members include Olivia Munn and Alison Pill. In making its announcement on Thursday, HBO […]

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Terrorist Attacks: A Universal Television Event

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK — The first indication of the horrors to come was a single camera shot that suddenly appeared on television sets throughout the world: a skyscraper bathed in the morning sun, smoke pouring from a ragged hole in its side. The images grew even worse, as the entire […]

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Can Candidness Work For A TV Executive?

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK – The way television’s business calendar works, more programs are born or die during the first few weeks of May than at any other time of the year. More often than not, the people asked to invite these shows into their living rooms are kept in the […]

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Palin Fires Back, Calls Sorkin’s Criticism ‘Appalling’

Sarah Palin finally responded Friday to “West Wing” producer Aaron Sorkin’s harsh criticism of her televised takedown of a caribou earlier this month on her TLC series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” Palin called Sorkin’s comments about her “appalling” right after she claimed she didn’t know his first name was Aaron. “Is his name Alan? I’ve been […]

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Big Ratings for O’Donnell, Cable News’ Latest Star

MSNBC’s newest prime-time star, Lawrence O’Donnell, got off to a flying start Monday, scoring the day’s highest ratings on the cable channel for the debut of his new nightly show, ‘The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell’ (10/9c). ‘The Last Word’ attracted a first-night audience of 928,000 (266,000 in the target demo, adults 25-54), which was […]

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‘West Wing’ Alum Joins ‘Criminal’ Spin-Off

‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior‘ just landed their top FBI guy. Richard Schiff of ‘The West Wing‘ (and last season’s short-lived ‘Past Life‘) has been cast in the recurring role of FBI director Jack Fickler, according to EW. ‘Criminal Minds’ Star to Pull Double Duty Schiff joins previously announced cast members Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo […]

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