Topic: The Newsroom

The Newsroom

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From the mind of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and screenwriter of The Social Network and Moneyball,  comes The Newsroom,  a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on a network anchor (played by Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), the newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel) and their boss (Sam Waterston), the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles-not to mention their own personal entanglements.

Holy hell that was fantastic. I admit I never got around to see Sorkins writing, but after this one episode, The West Wing jumped up on my list of shows to watch. The dialogues and interactions between characters was perfect, along with the fantastic cast (Don't dismiss Jeff Daniels because of Dumb & Dumber, Cranston showed already, that you can play in comedies and be a brilliant drama actor). The story itself felt to me as very immersive, with the first part about the shakedown in the office being a great introduction to everyone and when the second part about the oil spill went up, it showed how everyone works under pressure, how the bisnes works. I couldn't stop watching and I'm already waiting for the second episode. And yes, people will complain "omgz they are only talking and stuff boring >.<", but I don't care.

Also, the opening monologue about America not being the greatest country in the world. :c Only on HBO.

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Interesting... Will check this out.

Although I didn't follow religiously The Westwing, I always found it incredible in the dialog and intelligence sector. It blows you away to the point that it can be hard to follow. Always thought that when I'll have the money, I would buy the complete set.

If the Newsroom has the same level of intelligence, it's a keeper. smile

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A very good first episode. Good writing and acting!!!
Added to the watchlist. smile

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I enjoyed the first episode, but boy was it obvious that it was written by Aaron Sorkin.  And I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but sometimes it feels like the man has a couple dozen basic storylines in his head and he keeps rewriting them to fit new situations.

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Loved the first episode. I watched almost every episode of West Wing and if this follow suit, I will hope The Newsroom gets as many seasons (and more) than WW did.

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Very good pilot. I really enjoyed it. smile

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Yep, a very fine and intelligent piece of television. Obviously, when you saw most of Sorkin's westwing time, you're in known territory but it is still good.

Permanently added to watchlist.

(In fact, this single episode even with his little clichés was probably more intelligent than most things in my watchlist).

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8 (edited by fjarle 2012-06-26 03:30:35)

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Orlando wrote:

The Newsroom
Holy hell that was fantastic.

Indeed it was. Fair enough that it resembles earlier writing by Sorkin, I've seen some of The West Wing and the interactions and the moods aren't all that different - although that's based on one episode alone. But even if some of it might be a tad formulaic, if you're one of those people constantly getting annoyed by the easy headlines of the Fox News' of the world, this would probably rock your boat.

I loved it. Instantly.

Even if my first thought at the "HBO"-screen was ... oh, no. Another slightly perverted sex-driven swear-fest like the others. Don't get me wrong, I like sex and swearing as much as the next guy, but HBO has a tendency to overdo it for no good reason other than being able to.

My only concern about The Newsroom is this - the pilot spun around a real world story. How fast will they go, and will they become current at some point - making them have to invent their own news? In that case, how much of the patos of this ep was made up from it being the most followed news story, apart from the earthquake in Japan, from these last couple of years? Everyone knowing about the BP oilspill must have added to the intensity of the episode. What happens when people don't really know the story?

Anywho. Those are my two cents.

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Boring...

Dropped it when the oilrig news hit... Not for me.

...where did I put that rat's ass I could give?

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I loved the first episode, I hope they can keep this going. The cast is excellent and even though it very much feels like Sorkin writing, the whole feel of the show is different from his previous work. I gotta agree with karenbear though on the recycled plots, every show Sorkin has ever written has started off with someone freaking out in a public forum, saying something true when he shouldn't have and then taking heat for it.

I think they purposely started the plot 2 years ago so they have a lot of room to do stories people have nearly forgotten about, if they keep going parallel in time it's gonna be fun trying to figure out what story is breaking as they're gathering the facts.

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10 Signs You're Watching an Aaron Sorkin TV Show

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Sorkinisms

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Its been slated in the media, im conflicted should i check out or not

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kmorrisuk wrote:

Its been slated in the media

And praised by the viewers.

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Praise be Sorkin!

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The first ep is a bit of a whirlwind...good, but there is a lot of stuff that the viewer has to piece together with regards to subtext and context and character...which I like...but for those who aren't as cerebral, it may seem boring or pointless...just a bunch of mile-an-hour jibber-jabber.

I look forward to seeing more range/depth in the characters...each one was sort of a caricature of themselves by the end of the episode...

...that said, it would seem that the first episode was a success as the characters were established well enough that they gained an air of predictability. From here on out, it is a matter of putting them in situations that pry them each away from the characters' status quos....

I have a hard time telling if this will be a show about characters, or a show about a story that just happens to have characters in it.
I suppose the news room could be the principle organism of interest too.

At any rate, I'll tune in for a few more episodes at least, to see where it is going.

The Sorkinisms are a little disappointing though, as they smother my faith that it will be something I haven't seen before. Hopefully it is something I've seen before only done better than every other time...

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kmorrisuk wrote:

Its been slated in the media, im conflicted should i check out or not

Since when the "medias" know anything about a good tv serie ? Given the incredible stuff that was canceled in the past, you should know better. big_smile

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... although now that I've said that, the most watched tv show of 2010-11 was American Idol in the US...

So depressing.

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Sorry to be negative, but this is the cheesiest HBO-pilot I've ever seen. As if the bad acting and bad writing weren't enough - when did HBO consider to soap-wash their viewers brains with such a cheap and penetrant score/soundtrack? As times went by...  hmm

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Orlando wrote:

Sorry, this is not the topic for True Blood.

hehe...  lol

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They had me at hallo or rather at Jeff Daniels.

I just like that guy since i saw the movie  Chasing Sleep


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And they lost me again at around 30 minutes, i watched till the end and it was alright but a bit slow paced. Maybe i check out another ep.

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Renewed for a second season!

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Awesome! I frakking love this show! big_smile

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Cool. Glad we'll get at least another season smile

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How can it be renewed after only one episode?

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