Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” hits HBO this Sunday, June 24 and John Gallagher Jr. is more than ready for audiences to see his portrayal of the shy, politically-charged Jim Harper.
In the July issue of Elle, Gallaghar opened up about Sorkin’s unique writing style. “Aaron’s scenes unravel like a play, and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the majority of the actors in the show have backgrounds in theater,” Gallagher, who has appeared in the Broadway shows “American Idiot” and “Spring Awakening,” said. “It’s nice to have that muscle stretched when we tackle his material.”
“The Newsroom” centers news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and his staff as they attempt to bring the authenticity back to cable news. The show also stars Emily Mortimer, Chris Chalk and Olivia Munn.
Earlier this month, Sorkin told The New York Times that he “just thought it would be fun to write about a hyper-competent group of people.” But according to HuffPost TV’s Maureen Ryan, he didn’t exactly pull off the “fun” factor.
“‘The Newsroom’ displays all the subtlety of a jackhammer set to maximum or a terrier on speed,” Ryan wrote. “Characters talk at each other, they constantly preach to their colleagues, and McAvoy frequently fulminates at his viewers at length.”
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