I love The Newsroom, a TV show on American politics, as viewed from the perspective of a Cable newsroom. The show was created by one of the greatest TV show writers of our generation *in my humble opinion*, Aaron Sorkin. What really sets The Newsroom, apart from other TV shows however is the powerful ensemble cast, delivering lines so clever, often you need to watch the episode again just to catch its sheer brilliance. All this is typical and hardly surprising of HBO. But what really sets The Newsroom, apart is the attention to detail placed on reflecting realities on the ground. The show whilst set in the fictional past, is affected by and reflects the real past. Being a lover of The West Wing, in times past, there really was little doubt that I would love a a show so similar to it, and season 2 has just started. Although it is worth looking back on the first season if you want to know the back story, but Episode 1 of Season 2 works out very well as an introduction to the series and it starts out well paced and delivers a powerful punch unlike any other.
I’m now up to episode 5 of the season and there have been some twists and turns, the overarching theme on this show revolves around an alleged black-op where the US government allegedly used Sarin Gas on an innocent civilian population somewhere in the Middle East. There are also various awesome stories that are swirling around, that affect intimately the lives of each and every member of the cast. It’s fantastic to watch and just really easy to fall in love with.
The show has been deeply criticised however, for being almost too Sorkin-esque. That wonderful rapid fire quality, and heart stopping pace that Sorkin loves to keep up and whilst this show seems to have done away with Mr. Sorkin’s trademark “Walk-n-talks”, the sheer speed of conversation sometimes boggles the mind. I think it’s the kind of show you will either adore, or hate with a reckless abandon, and if you’re someone like me who truly loves the pacing and the characters and the awesome story-lines, you will love The Newsroom.
Also – check this video of Olivia Munn answering the question I asked her via Twitter. Highlight of my week.