- Last Updated: 12:41 AM, June 12, 2012
- Posted: 10:06 PM, June 11, 2012
HBO’s newest series “The Newsroom,” written by Aaron Sorkin, who created shows like “The West Wing,” stars types like Jeff Daniels as the anchor and Sam Waterston as the network boss. It starts the 24th. Said Waterston:
“I didn’t ask any VIP or journalist for advice or how their show’s done. My character is sort of supposed to make you think of Ben Bradlee, but I made my character a new guy. Not patterned after any one person. I remember hard news stars like Edward R. Murrow.
“Bill Clinton’s high-wire act or when cable news came along is when I became a news junky. Took awhile to get over that. Now I don’t watch any one program. I read papers online, follow the Internet services and tune into cable.
“We filmed in New York and California, not in any print or TV newsroom. Stuff I really got to take away was about the people I learned to know not their beehive of activity. I didn’t speak to a Dan Rather. Listen, having the actor miles on me that I have, I can’t list any special thing I’ve used.
“Aaron Sorkin writes lots of dialogue. Learning it was the challenge. He likes dialogue to fly. It’s technically a big challenge. When the production’s only just begun, learning miles of words is no easy thing. We all tried to live with it and memorize best we can in order to have it trippingly on the tongue. I’d go over and over it. We worked November to May. I only had a script five days beforehand.”
So back to his centuries with “Law & Order.”
“I’ll never forget right after we started, right in the beginning, I’m walking down the street in New York and some guy yelled, ‘Hey, Law & Order.’ I smiled for an hour.”
So did that show make him rich?
“It didn’t hurt. I’ve brought home some souvenirs, and they’ve given me copies of every show I did. Although I’m not good at seeing myself, maybe when I’m older I’ll watch them.”
I then called Sam “a fund of non-information.” And he said, “Make up your own answers. They might be better than mine.”
WITH “Newsies” double Tonys, its book writer Harvey Fierstein said creating it took him “on and off, two and a half years.” . . . Tiffany in LA did a Sundance fund-raiser. Robin Thicke and the missus attended, got a sitter and called it “a date night.” So, if no jewelry type event, Thicke has no sitter? This singer/actor/composer’s housekeeper-less? . . . Chef Mario Batali’s busman’s holiday is at Sammy’s Roumanian restaurant. Latkes, derma, chopped liver are not what Batali makes.
DANIEL Radcliffe, whom Nick Jonas replaced in “How To Succeed in Business Without, etc., etc.,” wasn’t on the Tony lineup. Do not pant to know why. I, kiddies, since mother just lives to serve, am here to tell you. He’s in London with Jon Hamm. Filming TV’s new four-part “dramedy” show “A Young Doctor’s Notebook.” Both play the same character. Radcliffe’s role is of a younger Don “Mad Men” Draper.
Produced by a Brit company, this miniseries is semi-authentic. Adapted from a Russian’s life stories which, for some odd reason, Radcliffe voraciously reads and dug up. Another odd reason is Jon Hamm will do it in British stiff-upper-lip accent.
THERE now exists conclusive evidence that Khadafy and bin Laden are dead. They both registered to vote in Chicago.
WHETHER it’s private or public sector that’s stopped up, what’s still flushing are the parties. Last night was for the book “The War at the Shore: Donald Trump, Steve Wynn and the Epic Battle To Save Atlantic City.” Every single human registered in this year’s census was invited. Wednesday it’s for one-time deb Cornelia Guest’s book “Simple Pleasures.” I know Cornelia. Her pleasures were never simple. Thursday’s Whoopi’s CancerCare event at the Mandarin Oriental. It honors S. Epatha Merkerson. It also gives cocktails and dinner.
MUMBLES about Anna Wintour’s Obama devotion are twofold. A) Running Vogue since the birth of Confucius, superiors maybe think maybe they should infuse new young blood. Thus, Wintour’s showing she’s really a player, up on things, too important with her connections to replace. And B) Weighing maybe, if and when it’s over, ambassadorship. Non-career envoys to posh places like France require serious money, and she may lack that bankroll but . . . it’s what’s being whispered.
IN September Hubert Hughes, Anguilla’s chief minister, is organizing a 21-day blubber’s biggest loser shrink on his island. It’s together with James Hester and Roni DeLuz’s best seller “21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox.” Here for Caribbean week, the minister was feted. One of the feters was Bravo’s Chef Roble, whose own fete was cooking for B.O. in the White House.
SHOEMAKER Uriel plays clarinet and does requests for customers at his West 26th shop. He says: “I’m no Benny Goodman or Artie Shaw but, then, they couldn’t put heels and soles on shoes.”
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