This summer, Aaron Sorkin dropped his highly anticiapted HBO series “The Newsroom,” and to quote Brian Williams: “That happened.” Unabashedly and at times embarassingly preachy, it was also tremendously compelling as uneven as it was, becoming the show many loved to hate to watch. But HBO has faith Sorkin and co. can turn it around, renewing it for a second season, and some new faces are coming along to possibly irritate the hell out of you.
Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt are joining as recurring characters, with the comic actor playing the VP of Human Resources at ACN, and the actress in the role of a litigator hired to defend the network. We like both of these folks, but let’s hope the writing on the show improves overall, with less speechifying and more believable characters. And in particular, we really hope the women get better material because Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn and Alison Pill have all been great, but routinely underserved by their scripts.
No date yet for the season two premiere, but look out for it in 2013. [Deadline]