“The fact that everyone is talking about it, for whatever reason: challenged by it; disturbed by it; annoyed by it; loving it; can’t wait to see the next one — all of the above, we absolutely love it.”
Jeff Daniels is speaking of the new HBO drama “The Newsroom,” in which he stars as insufferable newscaster Will McAvoy, and he wants you to know he’s undaunted by the commotion the Aaron Sorkin series has stirred up since its premiere last Sunday.
The workplace drama marks Sorkin’s first new TV series in nearly six years — with past shows including NBC’s hit “The West Wing” and the short-lived “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” The premiere of “The Newsroom” drew a solid 2.1 million viewers, but reception for the series has been less than warm.
“The fact that it’s blown up, the fact that people love it and that people hate it — that people are just screaming at Sorkin and getting bent out of shape about this, that and the other thing — it’s great,” Daniels told The Times on Tuesday by phone. “What we love, believe it or not, is that people are talking about it.”
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