PEOPLE: HBO orders drama from Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin

Writer Aaron Sorkin will return to TV with a series about cable news, HBO announced Thursday.

The as-yet-untitled drama will center on a cable-news anchor played by Jeff Daniels and a newsroom boss played by Sam Waterston. Other cast members will include Olivia Munn and Alison Pill.

In making its announcement, HBO said the series would follow the newsroom staff members as they attempt to report the news in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, as well as their own personal entanglements.

HBO announced no premiere date.

Sorkin has said he wants to bring to cable news the same sense of idealism that made government appealing on his acclaimed NBC series "The West Wing."

Lil Wayne nominated for 18 Hip-Hop awards

Rapper Lil Wayne easily topped the charts this week with his latest album. Now the self-proclaimed "Best Rapper Alive" has the most nominations for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

His 18 nominations include MVP of the Year, Best Live Performer and Hustler of the Year.

Lil Wayne's album "Tha Carter IV" debuted Aug. 29 at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 charts, selling 964,000 for the second-best first-week sales of the year, behind Lady Gaga.

The sixth annual awards ceremony will be taped at Atlanta's Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center and broadcast Oct. 11. Actor and comedian Mike Epps will host.

Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa each received nine nominations, and Miami-based rapper Rick Ross followed with eight.

Mary Tyler Moore to receive SAG award

Mary Tyler Moore will be honored with the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award.

SAG announced Moore as this year's recipient Thursday. The guild said Moore "created a new paradigm for female leads in television."

The actress rose to stardom in "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and later starred in the landmark "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Her film credits include "Ordinary People" and her Broadway productions included "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?"

Moore, 74, has won seven Emmys, a Tony award and been nominated for an Academy Award.

Reese Witherspoon hit by car while jogging

Actress Reese Witherspoon suffered minor injuries Wednesday when she was struck by a car while jogging near Los Angeles.

Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said the Oscar-winning actress was hit by a car driven by an 84-year-old woman.

Witherspoon was running in an unmarked crosswalk in Santa Monica when the driver struck her at about 20 mph. The 35-year-old actress was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Lewis said the driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Lady Gaga to rock Times Square with Clark

Lady Gaga will rock New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve.

ABC said Thursday that the singer is the featured guest on Dick Clark's annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve" special. Clark will appear along with Ryan Seacrest to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his New Year's show, the annual program already teen-aged before Lady Gaga was even born.

Fergie will host the Los Angeles portion of the show. No other musical guests were announced.