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Old May 13 2013, 01:57 AM   #1
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And now The Newsroom....

Sometime ago someone shared a link with me called "the most honest three minutes on television." I eventually found it was an excerpt from the first episode of the HBO series The Newsroom.

This weekend I finally got around to a marathon viewing of the entire first season. Suffice to say I now have a new series to add to my small list of shows that have managed to hold my interest: Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Game Of Thrones and now The Newsroom.

I'm looking forward to Season 2.

Not surprising it has a West Wing flavour to it given the involvement of Aaron Sorkin. It has that same style of rapid fire banter that candidly I find bears little resemblance to how I've seen real people talk. It doesn't do the following of a character from room-to-room nearly as much as was seen on The West Wing which frankly I found annoying. Even so I've always thought The West Wing was a classy and well done show that still didn't manage to hold my interest for long.

The Newsroom feels different, though. It has a measure of humour that I quite like and I enjoy a lot of the subject matter. It has that appeal of following a group of flawed underdogs still trying to be better and to do the right thing even while they continue to screw up in varying degrees.

The show deals with adult ideas while eschewing being dark and gritty. And it has a strain of idealism to it that I find appealing.

So far it works for me.
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Old May 13 2013, 02:13 AM   #2
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Re: And now The Newsroom....

63 days and 48 minutes till the next episode.

You might want scrounge up the episode of the Daily Show where one of their reporters wandered onto the set of the News Room thinking it was real and has a very confusing conversation with Bull Pullman and Emily Mortimer.
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Old May 13 2013, 03:49 AM   #3
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Re: And now The Newsroom....

The West Wing didn't have humor?
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Old May 13 2013, 03:57 AM   #4
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The West Wing didn't have humor?
Sure it did although I didn't see much of it because the show overall didn't hold me. It was well written and well acted, but something was missing for me.
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Old May 13 2013, 05:55 AM   #5
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Re: And now The Newsroom....

Here is a couple of my favorite clips in "Newsroom." I personally don't think it's anywhere near as good as "The West Wing," but it warms my heart to see Aaron Sorkin back on television. With the cancellation of "Smash" this is the only current show that I set appointments to watch.

Idealist versus Realist
Jesus versus Moses
The Payoff
Don Tells the Pilot
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Creeping Chrisitanity
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Old May 13 2013, 02:08 PM   #6
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The West Wing didn't have humor?
No, Warped9 did not, let me be absolutely clear, HE DID NOT SAY THAT. Except, yes, he did say that.

I have the opposite reaction, I think The West Wing could be very funny when it wanted to be, but that The Newsroom tries too hard to be funny and misses more often than it hits. Charlie and Will have some good lines every once and a while, but MacKenzie and the love pentagon (?) characters are as funny as a migraine.
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Old May 13 2013, 02:40 PM   #7
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I like if for the most part. It get's a little preachy at times, but overall it's quite good. Of course, the preaching isn't that unexpected in a Sorkin show.
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Old May 13 2013, 03:00 PM   #8
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Some of the humour in The Newsroom is a little forced feeling like they're trying to milk a joke a bit too much. And, yeah, the love triangle stuff is a bit much at times. But so far it's not enough to turn me off.
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Old May 13 2013, 03:07 PM   #9
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The West Wing didn't have humor?
No, Warped9 did not, let me be absolutely clear, HE DID NOT SAY THAT. Except, yes, he did say that.

I have the opposite reaction, I think The West Wing could be very funny when it wanted to be, but that The Newsroom tries too hard to be funny and misses more often than it hits. Charlie and Will have some good lines every once and a while, but MacKenzie and the love pentagon (?) characters are as funny as a migraine.

So tell me more about your secret plan to fight inflation.
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Old May 13 2013, 04:31 PM   #10
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"So how long do you usually make people your bitch?"





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Old May 13 2013, 05:56 PM   #11
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So tell me more about your secret plan to fight inflation.
I would never support a secret plan to fight inflation.


I didn't hate The Newsroom, I just wasn't enamoured by it. I like a lot of the individual components that make up the show, they were just put together in such a way didn't appeal to me. The first season was definitely more Studio 60 than The West Wing. But I'm going to give the second season another shot because of how much I want to love the show, and I'm hoping that the new writing staff helps things to click together better.
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Old May 13 2013, 06:37 PM   #12
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Re: And now The Newsroom....

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63 days and 48 minutes till the next episode.

You might want scrounge up the episode of the Daily Show where one of their reporters wandered onto the set of the News Room thinking it was real and has a very confusing conversation with Bull Pullman and Emily Mortimer.
You know The Daily Show is a comedy program right?
It's called acting. He even had a monologue prepared.
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Old May 13 2013, 08:15 PM   #13
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So tell me more about your secret plan to fight inflation.
I would never support a secret plan to fight inflation.


The West Wing, was a qulaity show, sure it had it's ups and downs but what show doesn't.

QUOTEI didn't hate The Newsroom, I just wasn't enamoured by it. I like a lot of the individual components that make up the show, they were just put together in such a way didn't appeal to me. The first season was definitely more Studio 60 than The West Wing. But I'm going to give the second season another shot because of how much I want to love the show, and I'm hoping that the new writing staff helps things to click together better.[/QUOTE]


I could never really get in Studio 60, but I did find The Newsroom easier to get into than Studio 60 is it as good as TWW maybe not but it's still good TV.
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Old May 13 2013, 09:02 PM   #14
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One of the smaller part actresses actually was working at MSNBC when Sorkin was doing his reaserch. He talked her into leaving her job there and taking the job on Newsroom as an actress and writing consultant.

Rumor is that Sorkin brought in several republican speech writers/bloggers/political consultants into the writing room to better balance out the republican/conservative characters which many in the audiance after season one felt weren't portrayed correctly and were coming off as "too democrat/liberal".
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Old May 13 2013, 09:02 PM   #15
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West Wing was probably the best, Sports Night a close second. Newsroom a distant 3rd, should be more fun like Sports Night, and let's never talk about Studio 60.
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