New tonight: HBO’s ‘The Newsroom,’ TNT’s ‘The Great Escape’

Aaron Sorkin’s new show is here.

Dear cable network executives, please stop making so many of your shows air Sunday nights between 9 and 11 p.m. Eastern time. While Thursday through Saturday are becoming a bit of a ghost town, Sunday is starting to cause a jogjam of great programming that happens in a very short period of time. We already had “Drop Dead Diva,” “True Blood,” “Army Wives,” “Falling Skies,” “Ice Road Truckers,” “The Next Food Network Star,” and plenty of other programming if you love either the Kardashians or “The Real Housewives.” We had AMC programming until “The Killing” and “Mad Men” wrapped up, and we’ll have it again when “Breaking Bad” returns on July 15.

So while there may not be much room on your schedule to add a couple of new shows, there are a pair at the moment that are at least worth a spot on your DVR.

“The Newsroom” (premiering at 10:00 on HBO) – While Aaron Sorkin’s style may not be for everyone, this series clearly has the potential to be an Emmy favorite for years to come. Jeff Daniels stars as a cable-news anchor forced to adjust in the midst of a major transition, and he is joined by a stellar lineup of supporters including Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn, and Dev Patel. Sorkin has always been known for smart, snappy writing, and we hope that this program ends up capturing the spirit of the times as much as “The West Wing” did during its run and “The Social Network” did on the big screen.

“The Great Escape” (premiering at 10:00 on TNT) – From the people who brought us “The Amazing Race,” we now have a show all about contestants trying to break out of some notorious places (including Alcatraz, which will be the setting for some early episodes). If this show manages to capture some of the excitement we have with the famous race around the world, this could be intriguing. We just hope that the challenges are creative enough for this not to feel stale week after week.

Are you planning to check out either of these shows?

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