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The Newsroom Review: Anchor Away

There is just so much to say about the first episode of Newsroom , a lot of which is summed up by the final name listed in the opening credits: Created by Aaron Sorkin . Any fan of The West Wing , The American President , The Social Network and Moneyball is aware of what this means. We'll be treated to sterling dialogue, passionate speeches, endless banter, intense fighting and characters entrenched on top of their especially high soap boxes. More so than any of his previous projects, the opening episode of Sorkin's first forway into cable television, " We Just Decided To ," focuses on the latter. Read More... //

‘The Newsroom’ Season 1 Premiere, ‘Because We Decided To’: TV Recap

Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama, "The Newsroom," begins not in a room of monitors but with a familiar scene: a liberal woman and a conservative man vociferously arguing in a room of college students. //

Review - Sorkin's The Newsroom - Believe the Hype

Aaron Sorkin definitely has his friends in the media, and that friendliness has never been more exposed than for the premiere of his HBO series The Newsroom , which airs tonight at 10PM.  If I sound a bit cynical it might be because I seemed to be the only person that loathed Studio 60 prior to its debut, upon which it promptly tanked, despite the copious amounts of Sorkin worship that oozed from the mainstream prior to its release.  Yes, Sorkin is a genius, but he also deserves the same amount of skepticism anyone else gets when they bring something 'new' to our screens. So that said, it's not surprising to see that The Newsroom is the object of much critical admiration.  Is it for real this time?  Or are we staring down the barrel of another Studio 60? The Newsroom essentially tells the story of the rise of a cable news political pundit,  William McVoy (Jeff Daniels).  By pundit I mean loud mouth, ala Sean Hannity, Keith Olbermann, you get the meaning I'm sure.  At the same-time, it is an almost allegorical expose on the way these sorts of personalities passions are seized upon by their corporate masters to the point where you don't know what is coming from the heart and mind of these talking heads, or what is coming from their production 'handlers'. Read More.... //

TV Review: Sorkin’s The Newsroom — Corny, But Inspiring

The Newsroom is the worst of Aaron Sorkin and the best of Aaron Sorkin; you can't have one without the other, and I'll wager that anyone who's ever enjoyed his work must know that. Set at the fictional, New York–based cable network ACN, the show is part of an unofficial triptych of shows about how TV is watched and consumed. Like its predecessors — the mostly fondly remembered Sports Night and the train wreck Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip — it's equal parts screwball comedy, workplace drama, and polemic about what's wrong with America and American media and how they could be fixed if we'd just find our moral compass, or what's left of it, and quit being slaves to ratings, profits, and cheap cynicism. If you rolled your eyes at that last sentiment, The Newsroom isn't worth your time. From the minute that Thomas Newman's stirring opening theme kicks in, you know you're in for a tale of ideals reawakened and cynicism rejected — a show in which tough professionals try to walk a fine line between pragmatism and Pollyanna softness while putting out journalism that Edward R. Murrow would have been proud of. The two main characters, cable news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and his executive producer MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), are trying to turn their hour-long nightly news program into a beacon of journalism. Set in the very recent past (2010–11 to be exact), the show has plenty of flaws, some of them deep: The monologues often become position papers, even harangues, and its men tend to be less easily flustered and kooky than its women. But its optimism is bracing. Created by Sorkin and co-produced by Greg Mottola ( Undeclared, Adventureland ), it feels more like a broadcast network drama than something that would air on HBO, a channel whose dramas tend to tell us that our institutions have either decayed into irrelevance and corruption or were always rotten. Read More... //

'The Newsroom' Review: the Harlem Globetrotters of News, But Pretentious

In Sunday's premiere of Aaron Sorkin's new HBO series, "The Newsroom," a plucky news producer named Mackenzie MacHale -- I know, that name, but bear with me -- pleads for a better newsroom. Read More... //

Review: Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' too sanctimonious for its own good

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews HBO's "The Newsroom," and laments that the Aaron Sorkin-created drama about a cable news show is too sanctimonious for its own good. //

Review: Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' too sanctimonious for its own good

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews HBO's "The Newsroom," and laments that the Aaron Sorkin-created drama about a cable news show is too sanctimonious for its own good. //