11. The Newsroom (HBO)
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, Sam Waterson
Premiere Date: June TBA
After a promising pilot, The Newsroom writing team—Aaron Sorkin, Aaron Sorkin, and Aaron Sorkin—frustrated us with juvenile romantic comedy, a timeline that allowed the News Night team to crack stories because of convenient connections or just sheer, unexplained prescience, that annoyingly saccharine theme song, and the 18th use of Coldplay's "Fix You" for a moving montage.
And yet, for all the jokes, each time a big national event went down we found ourselves wondering if and how Sorkin-through-McAvoy would cover it. Sure, there's a very high possibility that the election 2012 coverage will be intercut with Jim and Maggie staring longingly at each other with Vanessa Carlton playing in the background, but either way, The Newsroom will certainly have our attention. —FT