Media Morsels 4.6.12

  • The Newsroom
    Dear readers, I'm so excited to present to you the first trailer for The Newsroom, the new Aaron Sorkin show set to premiere on HBO on June 24. (The season will last ten episodes.) Once again, Sorkin takes us behind the scenes, this time at a 24-hour news network. The show boasts an outstanding ensemble, including Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Jane Fonda and my dear Johnny Gallagher! I'm in love already! Enjoy the first sneak peek: (Bonus: check out this Vanity Fair online feature)

  • Tony Update
    Great news: Neil Patrick Harris will once again host the Tony Awards! You may remember that last year, Harris successfully hosted the Tonys, closing out the night with a snappy, spot-on rap, co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I wonder what he'll do this year! Tony nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 1, and the Tony Awards will be handed out on Sunday, June 10. Go to for more information.

    In other theatre award news, we learned that Stockard Channing and John Larroquette will host the Drama League Awards on May 18th. Find details here.

    The Obie Awards, honoring excellence in off-Broadway theatre, will be presented May 21. Among others, Grace Gummer, Hugh Dancy, Michael McKean and Tracee Chimo will be on hand to present awards. Visit Playbill for details. announced that its annual Audience Choice Awards will take place on May 13.

  • The Spring Standards
    My dear James, Heather and James, collectively known as The Spring Standards, are at it again. I received my copy of Gold last week - and I LOVE it! (Gold is the companion album to Yellow.) Visit the band's site to pre-order your copy of Yellow/Gold and to find out when their tour will hit your town. And now, please enjoy this awesome video for the first single off of Gold, my favorite: "Here We Go."

  • Shakespeare in the Park: Casting News
    The lovely Amy Adams and the reliably good Oliver Platt will both play in the Delacorte Theatre this summer as part of the Public's Shakespeare in the Park. Adams will appear as The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, running July 23-August 25, and Platt will play Touchstone in As You Like It, running June 5-30. Remember that tickets for Shakespeare in the Park are free, and there are multiple ways to obtain them. Visit for detailed information. I love Shakespeare in the Park - it's a New York City summer institution - and with this casting (as well as the previously announced casting, which includes Jessie Mueller and Lily Rabe), I will definitely keep you posted!

  • To Rome With Love
    First Barcelona, then Paris and now Rome. The trailer for Woody Allen's new film, To Rome with Love, has hit the web: