HBO offered the first episode for free on multiple platforms and I took advantage of seeing it over the Internet from the HBO Canada web site. Okay my laptop isn't a big honking home entertainment centre but with headphones the show was pretty good. If you haven't yet seen this first episode, check your listings or just go to either HBO in the States or Canada and watch it right now. You can't beat the price. (It's free!)
It is amusing how I even discovered Sorkin was back in the game. On the June 28, 2012 episode of The Colbert Report, Aaron Sorkin was the guest (or is it the victim?) obviously making the rounds of talk shows to plug the new series. It was great to hear the news about The Newsroom.
Stephen interviews Aaron Sorkin. *chuckles* Stephen is quite funny when he goes off on a tangent about Aaron's writing saying Sorkin is pontificating.
Published on Apr 1, 2012 by HBO
The Newsroom Season 1: Trailer #1
Will I continue to watch the series? I'm guessing HBO is going to charge for the other episodes and depending on how much I could be persuaded to shell out a couple of bucks. However I'm finding these days that since I don't own a television set, I am watching far less TV. Yes, all the major networks have free offerings over the Net and the quality isn't bad but it's not the same as having a TV set parked in front of a couch. That situation just calls out for you to vegetate.
I like Aaron Sorkin. I like his writing style and even if his larger than life characters seemingly pontificate, I somehow think larger than life characters should do and say larger than life things. It goes with the territory. I hope this series turns out to be as successful as The West Wing. HBO certainly has great hopes. The network reportedly renewed the series for a second season after just airing two episodes.
I think America needs something like this to spark debate, valid, legitimate debate. In the 1st episode, the main character states that America has not been so polarized since the Civil War. Where is this going to lead? Is America, as the main character says, not the greatest country in the world? (see full speech below) And if not, can it regain its former glory?
Wikipedia: The Newsroom (U.S. TV series)
The Newsroom is an American drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that premiered on HBO on June 24, 2012. The series chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel. It features an ensemble cast including Jeff Daniels as anchor Will McAvoy, who, together with his staff set out to put on a news show "in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements."
IMDb: The Newsroom
official web site: The Newsroom
From the mind of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and screenwriter of The Social Network and Moneyball, comes The Newsroom, a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on a network anchor (played by Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), the newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel) and their boss (Sam Waterston), the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles-not to mention their own personal entanglements.
Wikipedia: Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an Academy and Emmy award winning American screenwriter, producer, and playwright, whose works include A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, and Moneyball.
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Published on Jun 25, 2012 by OperationBaboon
America is not the greatest country anymore – "The Newsroom"
It's not the greatest country in the world, professor, that's my answer.
[pause] You're saying—
Let's talk about—
Fine. [to the liberal panelist] Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paychecks, but he [gesturing to the conservative panelist] gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn't cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don't like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin' smart, how come they lose so GODDAM ALWAYS!
We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right! We fought for moral reasons, we passed and struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy. We reached for the stars, and we acted like men. We aspired to intelligence; we didn't belittle it; it didn't make us feel inferior. We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn't scare so easy. And we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one—America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.