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The Newsroom S01E01

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

  1. mwhip

    mwhip All better

    Jul 22, 2002
    Who wants to get political? Opening speech was excellent and spot on man I miss the America of my dad's youth where Presidents stood up and said we would put a man on the moon in 10 years. Now we shut space programs down and cut science and math. We sit around watch the world pass us. But hey we are #1 in one thing....self confidence.
  2. markz

    markz Active Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    I, for one, love it!
  3. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    Funny. Having watched the Making Of it wasn't looking too good. My take was Sorkin went off the deep*end and made everybody an unattractive dipwad.

    I also didn't like Sam Waterson always getting lines wrong.

    The actual show was great. Sam did fine. The characters do have attractive aspects.

    Olivia Munn? SHE is already on my nerves and we haven't seen her yet. Watch her try to get top billing.

    The cast will find an ensemble groove, it'll get more and more great and then HBO will pull the plug.
  4. Hoffer

    Hoffer Eat Lightning ----- Poo Thunder

    Jun 1, 2001
    Twin Cities, MN
    Really enjoyed this first episode. I didn't expect to like this show, but I was definitely wrong.
  5. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Haven't seen it, but it's available for free stream on Tivos..
  6. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    Sam Waterston losing his temper when he is trying to cut off one of his employees who is ignoring him " DON, I AM A MARINE! I WILL BEAT THE shiat OUT OF YOU, I DON'T CARE HOW MANY PROTEIN BARS YOU EAT!" finishing with a look that says "Come At Me Bro!"
  7. jschuur

    jschuur TV-holic, improving

    Nov 27, 2002
    London, UK
    Sam Waterston's character might just be my favorite one of the show actually. Aside from Ellen of course ;)
  8. Queue

    Queue UnbowdUnbentUnbrokn

    Apr 6, 2009
    Loved the show! I loved the opening and can't wait until the next episode.
  9. danielhart

    danielhart Nerp Nerp

    Apr 27, 2004
    That president was assassinated.....yeah, I miss the good old days....:rolleyes:
  10. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    One thing I don't get. If she was really in the audience at the beginning, holding up those signs, why did she keep disappearing every other time he looked up?

    Did she keep ducking out of sight?
  11. Anubys

    Anubys All About Footwork

    Jul 16, 2004
    ...and replaced herself with someone wearing similar clothes and who looked like her!
  12. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    I believe we were seeing it from Will's POV. He wasn't sure it was her, so the images were vague.

    I liked it enough to keep watching. I agree that it didn't grab me like Sports Night or West Wing, but it has potential.

    Love the fact that Sorkin writes much more like people talk and dares to have people taking at the same time. Something that other writer will not do.
  13. markz

    markz Active Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    Along those lines, it wasn't his mind playing tricks making him see her. His mind was playing tricks making him not see her half the time. Like "Surely that can't be her" so it became someone else.
  14. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Really? I know NOBODY who talks with the cadence that is required by a Sorkin script/direction. Maybe it's a California thing or something.
  15. MauriAnne

    MauriAnne Mostly lurking

    Sep 20, 2002
    I loved it. Can't wait for the next one.

    I've been re-watching Sports Night on NetFlix. Still sad that show was cancelled.
  16. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Olivehurst, CA
    Exactly. I'm not overly familiar with Sorkin's style enough to identify them as "Sorkinisms", but I was pretty annoyed by some of the dialogue. People talk over each other, but not EVERY TIME. People have fast exchanges and conversations, but not EVERY TIME. Also at one point, I told my wife, this is The Yelling Show. How often in real life do people not only give speeches, but the other party actually LISTEN to the whole thing?

    An example of this is where the british woman (sorry I'm horrible with names) was in Jeff Daniels's office. He'd just yelled at her, and she was giving a passionate speech. Daniels sat and listened to the whole thing. I've had bosses like that, and he would have cut her off after the first sentence and moved along.

    For the annoyances, I did enjoy it and will keep watching.

  17. MegaHertz67

    MegaHertz67 Registered Smart Ass

    Apr 18, 2005
    Greg...I believe they were trying to show that the characters have a history with one another. Yes, you might toss a coworker out of your office when she jumps up on the soapbox. But this is a woman with whom he had a personal and professional relationship. On some level he must value her opinion, but he was acting like a petulant child at that moment because of the circumstances that got them into that office together that day.

    I look forward to seeing how these characters grow and how the dynamic changes as the series goes along.
  18. Dave_N

    Dave_N Member

    May 4, 2006
    NW Suburban...
    I am also having trouble with a season pass. Missed the first show and couldn't find it with a search either. Had to record episode 1 and 2 manual from the guide.
  19. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    That is a nice piece of editing!

    Also the funniest thing I've seen since I found the website about Harrison Ford's finger point.

    The original I saw (from 2003 or earlier) appears not to be online anymore, but a Google search turns up plenty of others.

  20. rondotcom

    rondotcom I Like To Watch

    Feb 12, 2005

    You forgot a couple of things. The "obvious question" and the monosyllabic affirmative. Revised scene:

    Character 1: My dog crossed the street and went into the neighbor's yard
    Character 2: Your dog?
    Character 1: Of course my dog. I don't understand why my dog always does that.
    Character 3: Is it because you never keep an eye on that dog?
    Character 1: I know, I never keep an eye on that dog.
    Character 2: Yeah.

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