In the midst of an election year, HBO looks to have caught the political junkie bug. After the much politicized "Game Change" made-for-T.V. film chronicling the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign, the biggest original-movie opening crowd for the network in about eight years, HBO is launching two new series in 2012 centered around politics and the media.
"Veep," a comedy following a quirky and somewhat aloof female vice president played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is set for an April 22 premiere and has seen much promotion from the network. Those watching HBO last night before the "Game of Thrones" season 2 premiere (which was epic), got the first look at a trailer for the upcoming HBO cable news drama, "The Newsroom."
"The Newsroom" is the premium cable debut of Aaron Sorkin, the heralded showrunner for "The West Wing" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", and screenwriter for The Social Network and Moneyball. Jeff Daniels will play the lead for the new series: an unraveling anchor of a 24-hour cable news network.
"The Newsroom" is scheduled to premiere June 24.