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The Newsroom Recap: In the Premiere, a Bit of Self-Control, for Will and for Aaron Sorkin

What do you think will happen in this final season?   Read More... //

The Newsroom Season 3 Premiere Recap: Let's Be Careful Out There

  Aaron Sorkin has always had an obsession with showing the obstacles he must face while trying to make good TV by creating shows centered around people and the obstacles they must face while trying to make good TV.   His three TV-centric shows Sports Night , Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip , and The Newsroom (not to be confused with Ken Finklemans cult, single-camera comedy The Newsroom , which us TV nerds should talk about more often, by the way) primarily featured characters striving to make not just the best television broadcast they possibly can, but the best television they possibly can. Unfortunately, a lot of things ratings-obsessed network suits, corporate overlords, war in the Middle East get in the way of these noble souls and their mission to entertain/enlighten/change peoples lives.   Read More... //

The Newsroom Review: Aaron Sorkin Drama Rises to the Occasion

The Newsroom is exactly what we expect from Aaron Sorkin . It's a workplace drama that plays fast and loose with the workplace part and leans heavily on the drama. If you're hung up on the nuts and bolts of running a cable news channel or you don't quite give the art form its due, then you're not going to see the elements of the show that make it a thrilling Sorkin offering. I'm aware of the amount of annoyance that critics and television journalistshave withThe Newsroom and its portrayal of the workplace. This need for realism in drama, in my opinion, is the destruction of the art. At its essence, scripted television is an overly dramatized portrayal of life. Once you start holding it to the criteria of a documentary or TV news report, which are completely different forms of media, then you've already missed the point.   Read More... //

Why The Newsroom Was Always Doomed to Fail

  The Newsroom returns on Sunday for its third and final season. I've watched the first three episodes, and they are perfectly fine examples of the show: Sometimes the banter is bright and flirtatious, but oftentimes the show's overwhelming sense of self-importance makes it feel like you're drowning in a lecture from your friend's dad. He's a smart guy, for sure, but it's just ... uuuugh, I just came over to say hi to my friend from high school, not have you tell me why American public education has failed your current undergraduates and how you've had to dumb down your seminar bit by bit over the last 15 years, and do I remember George W. Bush and what you have to keep in mind when we talk about the pharmaceutical industry and the Royals came so close this year and your sister got married second marriage for both and oh, yeah, Keith Olbermann, do you like him, and sometimes the Times isn't how you remember it, and finally, they don't make things in America anymore. Anyway, wow, so good to see you.  Read More... //

Review: 'The Newsroom' returns for third and final season

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews the final season of "The Newsroom," the HBO drama created by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, Alison Pill and John Gallagher Jr.  Read More... //

The Newsroom 2.09 "Election Night, Part II" Review: Chekhov's Engagement Ring

I want to keep doing the news—let’s play  The Newsroom. A faceless bureaucrat (let’s call him, Sidney Falco) ambles into Aaron Sorkin’s office. He holds in his hands the finished copy of  The Newsroom ’s season finale. “Aaron,” he says while waving briskly at the figure behind the desk. An exasperated Aaron Sorkin slowly swivels away from the screen of his desktop and sees Sidney. Sidney holds the script aloft and smiles. “Well Aaron, it’s the finale. I see that you’re juggling all of these other storylines—you’re doing a great job, by the way. You’re the man— but we need to think about priorities here. We need a game changer. We need something to get the kids talking, something that sparkles. Hey, you know what sparkles? Diamonds. Yeah, so let’s see if we can get a marriage proposal into the script. Sounds good? Good.”   Read more at  //  

'The Newsroom' Season 2 Finale: Love, Triumph, And Wikipedia

A rip-rousing conclusion to The Newsroom season 2 last night, as true love triumphs and maybe begins, and the newsroom crew (to no surprise but still satisfying) beats back attempts from various so... //

The Newsroom Season Two Finale Recap: First Comes Hurt, Then Comes Marriage

  This season of The Newsroom may as well have been its apology tour. After a flaccid first season, the show copped to some of its problems straight out of the gate: Instead of last season’s ADD, this one offered a season-long arc; rather than just calling old college roommates to report the news, this season showed its characters taking weeks to report a story ( except for that one deus ex occupa ); and it even tried to give Maggie something to do (with mixed results). This was a show that, despite its protests, had obviously heard its critics. It was trying to be better.   Read More... //

The Newsroom Review: Pulling Off the Happy Ending

It's " Election Night, Part II " and although we all know how the election turned out, The Newsroom season 2 finale left me giddy in a way I never expected.  (And if you haven't watched the episode yet… MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT AHEAD! )  Read More... //

‘The Newsroom’ Second Season Finale: TV Recap

Here's our recap of the second season finale of "The Newsroom."   Read More... //