As “Newsroom’s” show within a show, “News Night” makes its way through a real-life timeline of headline-making news stories, Sorkin says Season 2 focuses a good bit on the recent presidential election, but he hasn’t made it to the Newtown shooting tragedy just yet. When the show does go there, will Jeff Daniels‘ character, “News Night” anchor Will McAvoy, break down on-screen as so many real-life journalists did.
“Yeah it wouldn’t surprise me at all,” Sorkin says. “I’m not up to Newtown yet, but obviously something like that, you want to be very careful how you handle it. It’s such a meaningful event to everybody. You don’t want to exploit it, and you certainly don’t want to spread Cheez Whiz on it. But it’s a big deal, and it affected everybody in a huge way. You really want to think before you decide how to handle that. A little goes a long way.”
Sorkin also addresses the story arc for Constance Zimmer (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Entourage”) who will recur in Season 2 as a spokesperson for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. When asked if Zimmer will have an on-screen romance with any of the show’s main characters, Sorkin admits he’s contemplating the idea.
“[Zimmer] is in the middle, right now, of shooting her fourth episode. And she’s done a fantastic job, and I’m in the middle of writing the fifth,” says Sorkin. “And now after seeing her in four episodes, it wouldn’t surprise me if there was some romance.”
Hmm, will the love quadrangle between Don (Thomas Sadoski), Maggie (Alison Pill), Jim (John Gallagher, Jr.) and Lisa (Kelen Coleman) — which morphed into a pentagon with Sloan (Olivia Munn) in the finale episode of Season 1 — extend the reach of its geometry? Or will we see Will finally moving on from MacKenzie (Emily Mortimer)?
“The Newsroom” Season 2 is expected to premiere in June, so we’ll all have to tune in to HBO see what Sorkin decides.