The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: HBO's newest drama had a decent debut, Maura Tierney gets a juicy new role, and Miley's dad heads to Broadway.
This just in: Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama The Newsroom premiered last night, and the ratings were... just OK. With 2.7 million viewers across two airings, the cable news network-set series lost a significant portion of its True Blood lead-in, but still ranked among one of HBO's best debuts since 2008. So pop a bottle of champagne, just not the magnum. Reviews for the show haven't been great, and Twitter reactions last night were pretty harsh, so we'll have to see how many viewers the show holds onto. It gets worse as it goes, so... The outlook could be grim. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here is some resoundingly good TV news. Maura Tierney, former E.R. nurse and onetime NewsRadio-er, will be recurring on next season of CBS' great, sudsy-smart series The Good Wife. She'll be playing "a self-made millionaire who has become the doyenne of Chicago Democratic politics." That sounds like a good role for her! She's good at tough-babe stuff and plays smart people well. Basically The Good Wife continues to have the sharpest guest casting in the biz. If you like good, interesting actors, you should probably watch The Good Wife. Or you can keep watching the rest of the stuff on CBS and let the oatmeal continue to burble out of your mouth. [Deadline]