HBO Officially Picks Up Aaron Sorkin Pilot

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Writer Aaron Sorkin arrives at the Peter Travers and Editors of Rolling Stone Host Awards Weekend Bash at Drai's Hollywood on February 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Rolling Stone) Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Rolling Stone/2011 Getty Images

As expected, HBO has taken on Sorkin's as-yet-untitled cable-news show starring Jeff Daniels as a news anchor, Emily Mortimer as his executive producer and former flame, and Sam Waterston as network boss. Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr., and Thomas Sadoski will round out the idealistic and presumably fast-walking newsroom staff. So, great news for fans of unresolved workplace romances and that scene from The West Wing where President Bartlet rants about talk radio and touching the skin of an unclean animal. There's plenty more to come.