HBO orders cable news drama from Aaron Sorkin

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NEW YORK (AP) - 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 said the series would follow the newsroom staff as they attempt to report the news in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, as well as their own personal entanglements. HBO announced no premiere date.

Sorkin has said he wants to bring to cable news the same sense of idealism that made government appealing on his acclaimed NBC series, “The West Wing.”

Earlier this year, Sorkin’s screenplay for the film “The Social Network” won him an Oscar.

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