June 28, 2012

TV Talk: The Newsroom

Televison Hungarian ORION 1957In case you missed it, HBO launched a new series called The Newsroom, written by Aaron Sorkin.  While I was slow to come around to The West Wing, and I've been ambivalent about some of his projects (though I did enjoy The Social Network), I have to admit that he is an excellent screenwriter.

That said, I had no idea how much I was going to like this new show (The Official Website for the HBO Series The Newsroom | Series Premiere in June:) until we watched it last night.

Wire-to-wire.  Intense.  That's all I really have to say about it.  It certainly has some political slant to it, that seems to underly much of Sorkin's stuff, but looks at some events of our recent past as a kickoff to the show. I am curious if this pattern will continue of using real news events of the recent past as they continue to develop both the show and the characters.  As the show-within-a-show is geared towards a "different" portrayal of the news than our current media outlets, I am intrigued if the goal of the show, in part, is to retell the same news events that actually occurred but through this "different" lens.

Whatever it is, I like it.

Oh, and I think HBO makes the best television on television.

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