HBO has fulfilled the dreams of die hard West Wing fans, announcing on Thursday that it has given the go-ahead to start development of a new Aaron Sorkin television series.
The project, which is still untitled -- although it previously held the working title More as This Story Develops,-- takes a departure from Capitol Hill to center around the behind-the-scenes antics of a cable news show. Jeff Daniels has signed on to play a cable news anchor, with Emily Mortimer as his executive producer and Sam Waterson as his boss.
Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and Thomas Sadoski will round out the cast as Daniels' newsroom staff.
Together they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements, the show's log line notes.
Earlier this year, multiple media outlets reported Sorkin was shadowing former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann as inspiration for the series' main character.
While the project, for which Sorkin penned the pilot and will serve as executive producer, is the screenwriter's first venture for cable news, it certainly isn't his last. Sorkin and John Kransinski (better known as Jim from The Office) have reportedly teamed up to produce a mini-series for HBO surrounding the famed Los Angeles hotel, The Chateau Marmont.