Jeff Daniels as TV anchor Will McAvoy stars in Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” now in its second season on HBO. Click image to enlarge.
IF YOU WATCH NOTHING ELSE on television this summer, you absolutely must not miss “The Newsroom,” the HBO original series created by Aaron Sorkin.
There is little else in the popular culture that’s so perfectly captures the American zeitgeist – not even the news – and does so with verve, elan and panache.
What’s more, you don’t have to be a paying subscriber to the premium cable network to get a taste of just how good this drama is – nor do you have to be a journalist to appreciate it.
Watch the video below the fold … it tells you everything you need to know to be In the (K)now !!
Genius Aaron Sorkin appears Monday night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, seen here with guest host John Oliver.
MOST PEOPLE FAIL to realize that great television begins with a great script.
Just think of those 1960s and 70s hits – “All in the family,” “Maude” and “The Cosby Show” come to mind. The reason they endure, what makes them classics, is the writing. The scripts are terrific.
Thus it is with “The Newsroom.” But Sorkin not only begins with a great script, he adds superb production values to produce a gripping drama that keeps one glued to the screen while receiving an important (though occasionally subliminal) message.
For evidence, look no further than these quotes from the opening sequence of the new season premiere.
Jeff Daniels plays TV anchor Will McAvoy. He’s talking on a panel, apparently to a group of college students.
“You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose! If liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so goddamn always?”
Got your attention yet?
The subject it seems is whether America is the greatest country in the world:
“And with a straight face, you’re going to tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we are the only ones in the world to have freedom? Canada has freedom. Japan has freedom. The UK France Italy Germany Spain Australia, Belgium …has freedom. So 207 sovereign states … 180 of them in the world have freedom.”
Emily Mortimer appears in the HBO original series “The Newsroom,” the best show on television this summer.
“There is absolutely no evidence to support this statement that we are the greatest country in the world.”
Sorkin exceeds even my very high expectations with the following revelation, which comes out of McAvoy’s mouth:
“We lead the world and three categories. Number of incarcerated citizens per capita; number of adults who believe angels are real; and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined.”
And, to sum it all up, McAvoy says:
“The first step in solving a problem is to recognize there is one. America’s not the greatest country in the world anymore.”
The reviews have been superlative, justifiably so. Except for one of the usual suspects.
The web site Deadline Hollywood reported on Friday that those blowhards at Fox News didn’t like the show.
“Well, a new trailer for the upcoming second season of HBO’s “The Newsroom” certainly got a reaction on Fox News Channel. The cable news network’s … lambasted the Aaron Sorkin show today as a “liberal fantasy.”
“Last season, Newsroom called the Tea Party the “American Taliban.” Sorkin has said that Season 2 of the fictional cable news show will address that issue further as well as deal with the 2012 Presidential election,” the site says.
Actually if Fox doesn’t like “The Newsroom,” do you need more of a reason to watch it? I don’t.
Check out the video below, courtesy of AttnJake and decide for yourself.
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