Foxtel has begun the one month countdown to the relaunch of its drama channel W as SoHo by confirming Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom as its headline series.
Sorkin created the West Wing and wrote The Social Network. The Newsroom, produced by HBO, features Jeff Daniels as a BlackBerry-throwing news anchor.
SoHo will feature mainly US and Uk drama, along with next year’s reboot of Prisoner Cell Block H, Wentworth.
The new channel – available on Foxtel’s basic subscription package, launches on Monday August 20 at 8.30pm.
Foxtel’s executive director of TV Brian Walsh said “The Newsroom has become the most anticipated and analysed drama of the new US season. It premiered as HBO’s third most watched series launch to date and has already been renewed for a second season.”
The schedule – mainly in HD – also includes Damages, The Glades and the next season of Boss.
According to Foxtel: “What does the name SoHo mean? The name conveys the sophisticated and international pulse of Foxtel’s new drama channel, capturing the best of the US and high quality UK programming. The Soho districts of both London and New York are synonymous with contemporary living. So too is this new channel destination.”
Meanwhile, The Young And The Restless will move from W to Arena.