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.