I’ve added a big batch of photos of the cast on the red carpet!
Some new cast photos from today’s Golden Globes Gift Suite are in the gallery.
The show has received some criticism for its portrayal of women in the media. What is your reaction to that?
ALISON PILL: I do understand a lot of complaints on the show. But I also admire how Aaron Sorkin writes these flawed women. At multiple points, MacKenzie tells Will what to do. She’s his executive producer! His broadcast would be nothing without her. One thing I [hear] is that, between women, there should be more talk of sexism. But I also get why Aaron didn’t write that in. He has got bigger fish to fry.
Speaking of flawed characters: Don vs. Jim. Who would you choose?
AP: The whole show has been set up in such a way that Don and Maggie are not a perfect couple. They may be a good couple for now, and they’re supportive and help each other out a lot, but they’re not a real soul mate couple. The soul mate couple is introduced in the first few minutes of the pilot. Jim and Maggie are meant for each other.
You’ve been in two Woody Allen films, Midnight in Paris and To Rome, With Love. What was the takeaway on working with Woody?
AP: I love Woody Allen. And the thing that I love and respect about him, and that is inspiring, is that he really doesn’t give a shit what people think of him. Why would he? His simple response to people taking in his movies is just, ‘If you like it, you can tell me. If you don’t, then you don’t need to talk.’
How would you compare the experience of working with Woody Allen to the experience of working with Aaron Sorkin?
AP: Aaron Sorkin lines are written to be spoken as they’re written. The commas are there as breath points, the periods are there as full stops. He writes very musically. With Woody, if you get the gist of it, if you get the point across and if you can be funny while you do it, that’s all he cares about.
You’re engaged to fellow actor Jay Baruchel. Congratulations! When is the wedding?
AP: We postponed it! We had set the date before I got the TV show, and he was going to spend the year writing three scripts. He also got a couple of movies. It’s awesome, but we haven’t been in the same city in months. Literally a few days ago we were like, ‘You know what? Let’s just wait.’ We just postponed it and we’ll figure it out. That’s the thing, it could be 20 years from now and it would be fine!
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Episode #7: “5/1”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 5 (midnight), 6 (8:00 p.m.), 7 (11:00 p.m.), 9 (10:00 p.m.) and 10 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 6 (10:00 p.m.), 8 (11:00 p.m.), 10 (midnight), 11 (2:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m.) and 22 (9:00 p.m.)
An anonymous source contacts Charlie (Sam Waterston) and provides advance details on an imminent story of national importance. When news breaks that the President will be making a televised speech that night, the 2.0 staff cuts short its one-year (and one-week) anniversary party, and rushes back to The Newsroom amidst a flurry of speculation as to what exactly happened.
Written by Aaron Sorkin; directed by Josh Marston.
Episode #8: “The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 12 (midnight), 13 (8:00 p.m.), 14 (11:00 p.m.), 16 (10:00 p.m.) and 17 (9:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 13 (10:00 p.m.), 15 (11:00 p.m.), 17 (midnight), 18 (3:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.) and 22 (10:00 p.m.)
“News Night” refuses to lead with a pair of sensational stories, which causes ratings toplummet – and forces Will (Jeff Daniels) and Mac (Emily Mortimer) to abandon their principles in order to lure viewers back and shore up the network’s bid to land a Republican debate. Will auditions an unlikely scribe, Brian Brenner (Paul Schneider), to write an all-access profile; Sloan (Olivia Munn) chafes over her lack of air time to report on a critical financial crisis; Charlie learns the identity of an NSA whistleblower; Neal (Dev Patel) pitches an internet sting.
Written by Aaron Sorkin; directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
Episode #9: “The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 19 (midnight), 21 (11:00 p.m.), 23 (10:00 p.m.) and 24 (9:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 20 (10:00 p.m.), 22 (11:00 p.m.) and 25 (3:15 p.m., 9:00 p.m.)
Will and the “News Night” staff stage a mock debate for a pair Republican Party officials. Mac has an epiphany during a power outage; Charlie vets the credibility of an NSA insider; Lisa (Kelen Coleman) goes off-script during an on-air interview; Neal goes undercover as an internet troll.
Written by Aaron Sorkin; directed by Alan Poul.
Episode #10: “The Greater Fool” (season finale)
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 26 (midnight), 28 (11:00 p.m.). 30 (10:00 p.m.) and 31 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 27 (10:00 p.m.) and 29 (11:30 p.m.), and Sept. 1 (12:25 p.m., 9:00 p.m.)
Nina Howard (Hope Davis) surprises Mac with a damning revelation; Jim (John Gallagher, Jr.) and Maggie (Alison Pill) reach a crossroad; Sloan weighs a new job offer; Neal uses his internet alter ego to smoke out a threat. Will, Mac and Charlie Face Off with Leona (Jane Fonda) and Reese (Chris Messina) during a tense lunch meeting.
Written by Aaron Sorkin; directed by Greg Mottola.
Aaron Sorkin employs some interesting techniques when it comes to having his cast learn their fast-paced lines — just ask star of “The Newsroom” (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO) Alison Pill.
“The first day we had our read-through, Aaron had made sort of little survival kits for us, which included our script and a head shot of him,” Pill, who plays Maggie on Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” told Vulture. “I was staying at this corporate-y apartment in L.A. and there was a mirror right by the sofa. I just put his headshot in the mirror. So whenever I was on the sofa, I could look at the television, but every so often I’d be looking and be like, ‘Oh God! Aaron wants me to learn my lines.’”
“The Newsroom,” which saw decent ratings at 2.1 million viewers for its premiere episode, was renewed for a second season earlier this week. But Pill has no idea what will happen in the HBO show’s second season.
“That’s sort of the fun of the episodes,” she told Vulture. “As a cast we’ll get together and be like, ‘So, what do you think the next news event is gonna be?’, trying to figure out what the story line could be around that news event, and it never works.”
Before “The Newsroom” premiered, Pill talked to HuffPost about her character and her TV news icon — Rachel Maddow. “I have a really big crush on her,” Pill said. “I don’t know what I would do if I met her. I feel like she would make me feel special and smart.”
New photos in the Newsroom Fan Gallery from the premiere after party.