HBO unveiled its trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” about the cable news business, and it’s impossible to watch it without seeing Jeff Daniels character and not think of Keith Olbermann, especially in light of Olbermann’s exit from Current TV.
Alyssa Rosenberg writes at Think Progress that it’ll be good PR for Olbermann:
“As crisis PR goes for Olbermann, it’s a dream. He gets painted as a truth teller stifled by the expectations of his network and the people around him, never mind that flinging Blackberries at your camera operators is utterly un-charming behavior. Aaron Sorkin does love him a principled truth-teller, and in an age when the presidency is on tighter verbal lockdown than ever before, it makes a certain amount of sense that he’d give up on the hope of a Commander in Chief telling it like it is in the White House briefing room and downgrade his fantasies to cable television instead.”
Daniels’ character is not a mirror image of Olbermann, as the trailer makes clear that he is a neutral-conscious anchor before expressing his POV. He’s also a Republican.
Update: Variety’s Jon Weisman reports that Ken Finkleman, creator of the Canadian “The Newsroom,” is readying a new show about a right wing cable network. The title: “Good God.”