“The Newsroom” was Daniels’ first television series, and the protracted style of storytelling – wherein we follow a character’s arc far more extensively than we might in a movie or play – has shifted his sensibilities.
“After wrapping season one, I was reading a movie script and thought, ‘Well, that felt like a short story,’” Daniels said. “Because with the show, you’ve got a 10 hour season. You’re shooting the novel, not the short story. There’s more there, the journey’s longer – I like it. And I’d do it again.”
Will Daniels miss playing prickly anchorman Will McAvoy?
“Yes and no,” Daniels said. “ … I didn’t do it for 8 years. I did it for 3. And I’m from the world of, close the play and move on. … With everything, you know it’s ending at some point, and there’s a sense of relief in a job well done, past tense. I told Aaron (Sorkin) that. Having that sense of, you can’t do anything more than you did with it. … The goal for me is always, ‘Is the performance definitive? Can you imagine anyone else in the role?’ And I feel successful in coming close to that.”
Kate Maguire, Artistic Director of Berkshire Theater Group and Donna Hassler, Executive Director of Chesterwood, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announce Lincoln’s Favorite Shakespeare at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage tonight, August 14 at 4pm. A reception immediately follows at Chesterwood. The benefit performance, presented by both organizations, includes the opportunity to attend a twilight reception at Chesterwood, the newly-restored studio where Daniel Chester French created the seated figure of Lincoln for the Memorial in Washington, D.C.
A quartet of noted actors: Brian Dennehy, John Douglas Thompson, Kathleen Chalfant, and Sam Waterston, donating their performances to the event, will present scenes and soliloquies known and loved by Abraham Lincoln.
Assembled and annotated by noted scholar Harold Holzer, author and editor of over 40 books about Lincoln, the program is inspired by the 16th President’s lifelong love of Shakespeare. The program is produced and directed by Gordon Hyatt.
Jeff Daniels seems to be having a moment – and not just in one area of his multi-faceted career.
Following a 2013 Emmy Award win for Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama, “The Newsroom,” Daniels has again been nominated for a 2014 Emmy for his portrayal of anchorman Will McAvoy, and the final season of the drama has wrapped and will air this fall.
Daniels also recently got to re-visit (with co-star Jim Carrey) the biggest, most commercially successful film of his career, “Dumb and Dumber” (1994), for the purposes of a much-anticipated sequel, called “Dumb and Dumber To,” which will be released Nov.14.
And finally, Daniels is now embarking on a 14-city, Midwest tour of live music shows, playing his original, often funny folk songs while backed (for the first time) by his son, Ben, and the Chelsea-based Ben Daniels Band.
Mark it down Jeff is scheduled to be a guest on Late Night with David Letterman Monday!
Congrats to both Jeff and Jane Fonda, nominated for Emmys!
Netflix is staging a Newsroom reunion.
The Newsroom’s Sam Waterston will co-star in the streaming service’s 13-episode comedy Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The single-camera comedy centers on nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married. The women, much to their dismay, find that their lives are permanently intertwined and, much to their surprise, find they have each other. It comes as Netflix looks to push further into comedy, as original content vp Cindy Holland noted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Munn, however, has more on her plate than just movies. She also plays Sloan Sabbith on HBO’s The Newsroom and is currently filming the third season.
“I’m going to say that (creator) Aaron Sorkin has put all of us into really intense situations,” Munn said. “We don’t know how the whole season and show will end. We’re all kind of like, ‘How do we get out of this? Or do we get out of this?’ He’s really layered it. None of us know what’s going on.”
Munn’s most well-known co-star on the show, perhaps, is Jeff Daniels, with whom she has a great working relationship.
“Daniels is awesome,” she said. “He works really, really hard. There’s so much dialogue for him to know.”
Because we can. We’re about to start shooting the final episode, this Thursday. On HBO, there’s no business incentive to keep something running longer than it should. So I just felt like it was a good time to stop. When I was doing shows like “Sports Night” and “West Wing,” it was 22 episodes a year. The first year of “West Wing” was the last year of “Sports Night.” We don’t want to get to the fifth season and have everyone go to space camp.
Question: Is there any chance that Chris Messina will have a bigger part this season on The Newsroom? Thanks! – Ali
Ausiello: Bigger? Unclear. Better, in the cosmic sense? Likely. Messina says that the usually prickly Reese “has a whole lot of change and a major difference in his philosophy” in the HBO drama’s final installments. “People will be excited about the last season and bummed that it’s ending, because I think it’ll be a really good one.”