Meet the Black Stars of HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’

The Newsroom Cast
(L-R: Terry Crews, Adina Porter, and Chris Chalk at the ‘Newsroom’ Red Carpet premiere/GETTY)

The highly-buzzed new cable series from Aaron Sorkin is a workplace drama that takes a look at the erratic world of a nightly news broadcast. Despite all of the marketing and advertising efforts pushing the white stars of the show, we’ve learned there are actually a few black characters you should know about.

Terry Crews (The Expendables) will appear in the second half of the season in the role of the lead character’s bodyguard, Adina Porter (‘True Blood’) and Chris Chalk (‘Homeland’) will play newsroom staffers.

Terry Crews on his character:

Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, receives a death threat, so they have to hire a bodyguard for him because he’s in imminent danger. I’m in Episodes 5-10. When I come in, my whole thing is like, “Hey man — I don’t work for you.” Everyone else is scared of him. He’s the big man. But I’m like, “I don’t get paid by you, so I don’t take any shit.” But I hear all these things in his life, and I actually give him good advice — I become like a life coach for him.

Adina Porter on Kendra:

“Kendra is smart, but the rug has been pulled out from underneath her feet. You do your shot, you’re at the top of the ratings and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it … and then someone comes and breaks it, and then you have to adjust if you want to keep the job.”

Chris Chalk on Gary Cooper:

“Gary is very dedicated to the news. You find that he’s gotten into the news to do the news, so this new introduction of News 2.0 is awesome, to be able to do news honestly and with a hopeful hint. He also has this little rivalry with Kendra. They’re all no longer wallflowers at work — something has woken them up, and they’re like, ‘Yes, I will stay overnight!'”

The Newsroom premieres Sunday, June 24 at 10 p.m. EST on HBO.


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