First and foremost: The Newsroom has been picked up for a second season! Yay!!!!!!! And now, back to this season. What did you think of the second episode? I loved all the shades of Sports Night and the comedy of this episode. It definitely fits into Aaron Sorkin's description of this having ancestry in romantic screwball comedies. Plus, this episode featured the debuts of funny lady (and sometimes The Daily Show correspondent) Olivia Munn and the talented and appealing Chris Messina (Ira and Abbey).
As promised, Broadway.com has a round up of their favorite moments of the episode, including this one: Reese (Messina) says to Will (Jeff Daniels), "Have you ever been at Sardi's on opening night of a Broadway show five minutes after word gets out that the Times panned it? They leave and they never come back."
Next week, you'll have a chance to chat with John Gallagher, Jr! Head over to HBO Connect to learn more!
Finally, here's a look at next week's episode, "The 112th Congress," which looks really good, and what we can expect in the next several episodes:
Here are some bits of starstuff (i.e., info about Peter and the Starcatcher):
- Company member Greg Hildreth lets us join him, via photos, on a two-show day.
- Christian Borle, who won a Tony for his performance in Starcatcher, took his final bow as Black Stache this past Saturday. He left the show to begin filming Smash's second season. Playbill and Broadwayworld.com have photos of his final curtain call, during which he handed over the stache (or rather, the coat) to his successor, Matthew Saldivar.
- Welcome Matthew Saldivar as the new Black Stache.
- Arnie Burton shares his five favorite things in his dressing room:
Entertainment Weekly brought us its list of the 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen. In my case, however, it's only 40 because I've seen ten of the movies on the list! While I can't say that all ten I have seen are worth a watch, this is a fun list to peruse. My favorites from the list? Safe Men (with Mark Ruffalo, Sam Rockwell and Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, among others), Happy Accidents (with Marisa Tomei) and Idiocracy (from Beavis and Buff-head creator Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson). Which have you seen?
Bring It On
Today, via his Twitter account, Lin-Manuel Miranda shared the "B-roll" that's playing outside the St James theatre, the summer home to his new show, which he co-wrote with Tom Kitt (a genius), Amanda Green and Jeff Whitty. Find details about the show at its official website, bringitonmusical.com.
- The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced its 2012-2013 season, and it includes premieres from Adam Rapp (The Metal Children) and Jesse Eisenberg, whose Asuncion played at Rattlestick last season. Playbill has details.
- The Hollywood Reporter tells us the five things we need to know about The Mindy Project, the new FOX comedy series created by and starring Mindy Kaling. The show debuts on Tuesday, September 18 at 9:30pm.
- Last week we learned that Aaron Tveit's TV series, Graceland, had been picked up; this week, Broadwayworld.com brought us some photos from the pilot.
- Playbill reports on how the Affordable Care Act benefits theatre and other creative and performing arts artists.
- The Book of Mormon star Rory O'Malley presents his first video blog on Broadway.com, taking fans backstage at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
- Nicky Silver, the witty playwright behind The Lyons, wrote for the New York Times a reflection regarding the experience of bringing The Lyons to Broadway—and watching it close (too soon, I might add).
- More stars have been added to the Broadway Barks lineup, including Tony winner Nina Arianda, Rita Moreno, Ben Vereen, Norm Lewis and Starcatcher's Adam Chanler Berat, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Matthew Saldivar. Playbill has the full list of those scheduled to appear.
- Check in with Veep's Anna Chlumsky in Playbill's latest Cue and A.
- Sutton Foster chats with Good Morning America about her new TV show, Bunheads: