HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin's Cable News Drama

It’s official (and not at all surprising): HBO has made a series commitment to Aaron Sorkin’s untitled drama pilot set at a fictional cable news network.

The hourlong project, originally titled More As This Story Develops, centers on a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new exec producer(Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski) and their boss (Sam Waterston). 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.

There’s talk HBO plans to fast track production in an effort to get the series on the air by year’s end.

This marks Sorkin’s fourth foray into television, following Sports Night, The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The pickup caps a banner year for the auteur, who picked up an Oscar in February for his screenplay adaptation of The Social Network.