Fret not, political junkies who enjoy large dollops of hamfisted romantic comedy. HBO's cable-news drama The Newsroom will return for its second season on Sunday, July 14.
Debuting last June, The Newsroom became one of the most "hate-watched" programs on television because of creator Aaron Sorkin's heavy-handed politics and the show's portrayal of its supposedly intelligent female characters. The season finale aired on August 26 and pulled in an audience of 2.3 million viewers, marking a series high for the freshman drama.
The new season will see a number of new recurring roles played by recognizable actors. Patton Oswalt plays the new Vice President of Human Resources at the fictional Atlantis Cable News network, Jonas Pfeiffer, while Marcia Gay Harden steps into the role of Rebecca Halliday, a lawyer hired to defend ACN in a multi-million-dollar wrongful termination lawsuit. Grace Gummer, better known as Meryl Streep's daughter, and Entourage's Constance Zimmer will play recurring characters related to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign — Gummer an embedded reporter covering the campaign, Zimmer a press spokesperson for Romney.
Speaking at the PaleyFest last month, Sorkin revealed that Season 2 will pick up a week after the end of Season 1 and cover several topics from that timeframe that are still relevant, including, "The Tea Party/American Taliban, the General Election including the primaries and conventions, Trayvon Martin, the Affordable Care Act, and drones."
He added that he was unsure if the season would tackle the highly sensitive subject of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. "That's a tough thing to write about without minimizing or exploiting it or spreading Cheez Whiz around it. It's a profoundly important moment, and the last thing you want to do is handle it poorly," Sorkin explained.
During an appearance at the Television Critics Association conference last summer, Sorkin noted that he would be hiring conservative consultants for Season 2 to add some much-needed authenticity to the discourse. "They'll bring real experiences that they've had working in a newsroom," he said. "They're also going to bring a political perspective that I don't have. I'm hiring some really bright, interesting conservative minds who work in conservative politics who will help me bolster some conservative arguments for those moments when we talk about politics."
Did you like Season 1 of The Newsroom? If not, are you willing to give it another chance?