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The Newsroom S01E01

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Gunnyman, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. TheMerk

    TheMerk Always Bid First

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    HuffPo is conservative?
     
  2. Jesda

    Jesda CAPTAIN AWESOME

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    It is run by and was started by Ariana Huffington, a very vocal liberal.


    So far, I'm enjoying this show. If it continues to be thoughtful and provocative without being preachy, I'll stick with it. Nice to see Sam Waterston too.
     
  3. ADG

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  4. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    Yeah, way too much Sorkin speak, but I liked it. I think I liked it mostly because it felt a LOT like Sports Night, which I liked a lot. In fact, you can almost parallel the opening story to the first ep of SN. New "research geek" comes in, falls for the assistant producer (same in Sports Night), hotshot producer show host have a spark and a past. Big breaking story that brings the group together. Same Waterson is essentially the Robert Guilleume character.

    I know you guys love Sorkin, but WHY must he write EVERY character to sound the same way? That's what bugs me, and I found myself going through half the episode overly aware of that. In fact, I was watching with my son, and I was predicting what the characters would say next and which line they would come back to 20 minutes later.
     
  5. markz

    markz Hilarity Ensues

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    This reviewer that I posted earlier from HuffPo liked it.
     
  6. mwhip

    mwhip All better

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    D'oh! Late night.
     
  7. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

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    That must have made it really fun for him.
     
  8. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    He was laughing. Actually we laughed quite a few times, both at the context of the show, and the speech cadence. He thought it was funny that I could describe the speech cadence before the show even started and I was spot on...and then....explain how a typical Sorkin show is delivered, and, again, I was spot on.

    Luckily the context of the show is good, I just wish there was, you know, some actual emotion in the delivery.
     
  9. DavidTigerFan

    DavidTigerFan No, not Detroit. TCF Club

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    Excellent! Emmy material already. Of course only us liberal losers will watch it. :D
     
  10. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    Yeah, I miss Sports Night. I would still watch the reruns if they were on.
     
  11. scooterboy

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    I was being sarcastic (surprise!). You (or anyone) talking through the whole show would have bugged the crap out of me. :)
     
  12. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    That's what the pause button is for :)
     
  13. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

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    I haven't watched this show yet but I think that his characters don't sound exactly the same historically -- at least, not any more than Milch characters sound the same.
     
  14. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    I watched both Sports Night and Studio 60 (was not a West Wing fan..but that's something I might go back and revisit. In the time before TiVo/DVR, I had conflicts when it was on), but I can tell you that to me, all the characters speak with the same cadence. short bursts of dialogue, with kind of a questioning response and then another character chimes in. It goes something like this.

    Character 1: My dog crossed the street and went into the neighbor's yard
    Character 2: You dog?
    Character 1: Of course my dog
    Character 3: You know he never keeps an eye on that dog
    Character 1: I know, I never keep an eye on that dog.

    15 minutes later in the episode:
    Character 3 to Character 4: Character 1 went across the street
    Character 4: He went across the street because he never keeps an eye on the dog
    Character 2: I wonder why he never keeps an eye on the dog?
    Character 1: have you seen my dog?

    All with a monotone rapid staccato delivery with sarcastic overtones. Rarely more than one sentence per character at a time. And one they do speak more than one sentence, it's generally a big pontificating speech.

    Fortunately his stories are really good :)
     
  15. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I liked it. Better than anything else on right now. The one thing about those Sorkin shows I forgot about, given the amount of talking that you need to keep up with and the fast frenetic pace of the show, I can't watch it right before bed. Because it gets me all amped up.
     
  16. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    http://www.hitfix.com/news/newsroom-premiere-numbers-are-open-to-interpretation


    "The Newsroom," HBO's drama about how people report and interpret the news, debuted on Sunday (June 25) with an audience that's very much open to interpretation.

    In its first airing, the Aaron Sorkin created drama drew 2.1 million viewers. That's below the 2.2 million viewers who watched the first airing of "Game of Thrones" when it premiered in 2010, but above the premiere numbers for "True Blood" (1.4 million viewers in 2008) and "Luck" or "Treme" (1.1 million each). The numbers were far below the 4.8 million viewers who watched the premiere of "Boardwalk Empire" in 2010.

    Every single one of those shows -- plus all of HBO's recent comedies which premiered to lower viewership -- were renewed for second seasons by HBO, so it's hard to imagine HBO not renewing "Newsroom."

    Including its second Sunday airing, "Newroom" drew 2.7 million viewers in its first night.

    Naysayers, though, will point out that "Newsroom," which drew decidedly mixed reviews, squandered more than half of its lead-in from "True Blood," which drew 4.7 million viewers in its 9 p.m. airing.
     
  17. TAsunder

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    Do lead ins really matter that much on HBO, which re-airs its content several times in the week?
     
  18. DougF

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    Sorkin fans may (or may not) enjoy this.

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S78RzZr3IwI[/media]
     
  19. TheMerk

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    Sorkin fan here, although I thought Studio 60 was kind of dumb.

    I LOVED episode 1. Can't wait for more.

    I keep thinking of Sports Nigh and West Wing cast members who could have played the various roles in this.
     
  20. swizzlest

    swizzlest Furry Cat Feet!

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    Never watched anything Sorkin, but gave this one a shot.

    Look, actual characters! There's potential for development here, so that intrigues me. I think it'll be interesting to see the dramatized retelling of news stories. It may be a cheap hook ("Hey! I remember when that happened!"), but with the right writing, it can be a really effective one.
     

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