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Old 06-25-2012, 08:50 AM   #1
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The Newsroom S01E01

I'll admit it I'm a Sorkin Junkie and I've been looking forward to this show for a long time.
I really loved it. When Daniels started his speech about America I was hooked.
The only thing I wondered was, was Daniels' part meant for Bradley Whitford. I could totally see him in that role.

This show looks like it's setting up to be the West Wing meets Sports Night and I'm all in.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:18 AM   #2
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Can't wait to watch it tonight.
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Epic. So glad to have Sorkin back on TV. Anyone know how many episodes to expect?
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:23 AM   #4
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Watched this last night. Has some potential. Interesting that it's set 2 years ago, so are they going to continue with that?
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:26 AM   #5
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Epic. So glad to have Sorkin back on TV. Anyone know how many episodes to expect?
IMDB has many characters listed for 10m episodes so far.

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Watched this last night. Has some potential. Interesting that it's set 2 years ago, so are they going to continue with that?
Here is a decent article that touches on why it is set 2 years ago.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maggie...?utm_hp_ref=tv

Basically Sorkin did not want to make up fake news stories.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:35 AM   #6
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Basically Sorkin did not want to make up fake news stories.
I think it's a good decision, since then they can spend most of their effort writing stories around the news events, and not having to make them up themselves.
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Anyone else have trouble getting Tivo to record it last night? I had a season pass but it didn't record it. I happened to flip through the channels during one of the (many) re-runs last night.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:22 AM   #8
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I enjoyed the show...I missed me some Sorkin dialogue. His speech that started it off was great...and the reaction of the conservative talking head, "You can't talk to me like that," was perfect.

Hindsight is 20/20 (not the show 20/20), and I'm sure the news team is going to act and react like we wish our news organizations would have acted at the time.

I wonder what Jay Leno's reaction was when the comparison to him was used disparagingly and with such frequency. I'm sure he just cried to himself as he drove around LA in some ungodly expensive and rare automobile in his jean outfit.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:24 AM   #9
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I was on the fence with this. I'd never watched a Sorkin show before so I don't have a baseline to measure it against. However, two critics I like (Sepinwall and Mo Ryan) panned it so I killed the SP. I watch too much stuff anyway.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:28 AM   #10
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I enjoyed this. A lot. It was entertaining, fun to watch, great characters, interesting story line. I'll admit I was worried this might not be all it had been built up to be, due to the many disparaging reviews (including several reviewers I like). But I didn't share any of their concerns. All the talk of "preachy", "condescending"---I never felt it. I don't categorize shows (and showrunners) as red or blue unless they hit me over the head with it. I just want my TV to be entertaining. And this was.

[Aside: If anyone would be sensitive to this particular story line, it would be me. Living not only in Texas (think RED), but in Houston (think Oil Capital of the World), this story had the potential to be over the top, judgmental, and with the advent of hindsight, self-serving. But again, I just found it entertaining. Hey, it's TV, get over it.]


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I was on the fence with this. I'd never watched a Sorkin show before so I don't have a baseline to measure it against. However, two critics I like (Sepinwall and Mo Ryan) panned it so I killed the SP. I watch too much stuff anyway.
I'd give it a chance. I really enjoyed it. Snappy dialogue, fleshed out characters who can only get better and grow on you, and a story that moves faster than light. IOW, a Sorkin show.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:10 PM   #11
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Eric Neal (the inspector they were interviewing on the phone) sounded exactly like Jesse Eisenberg. Was it him or was I just hearing things?
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:56 PM   #12
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The only thing I wondered was, was Daniels' part meant for Bradley Whitford. I could totally see him in that role.
On Piers Morgan, Sorkin stated that he had Daniels in mind from the very beginning (for what that's worth - Daniels was sitting beside him)).

We really enjoyed it.
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Eric Neal (the inspector they were interviewing on the phone) sounded exactly like Jesse Eisenberg. Was it him or was I just hearing things?
Correct. Good ears!
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:27 PM   #14
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Watched this last night. Has some potential.
That's pretty much my feeling. It was reasonably enjoyable, but didn't grab me like Sports Night or The West Wing did. But it has the potential to improve, so I hope it gets better and I'm more that willing to give it time.
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It seems like journalists are panning Newsroom in the same way that Republicans panned The West Wing. "It's too convenient. It's not realistic. It's motivated politically."
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:36 PM   #16
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My wife & I are watching now and we are both hooked already! My wife said it feels like The West Wing and Sports Night are hugging!

I have missed this style of TV!
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:50 PM   #17
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On Piers Morgan, Sorkin stated that he had Daniels in mind from the very beginning (for what that's worth - Daniels was sitting beside him)).

We really enjoyed it.
Whenever I see Jeff Daniels I can't get Harry from Dumb and Dumber out of my head. Hopefully I can overcome that for this show. I was able to stop seeing Bryan Cranston as the Dad on Malcolm in the Middle after a few episodes of Breaking Bad.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:10 PM   #18
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It seems like journalists are panning Newsroom in the same way that Republicans panned The West Wing. "It's too convenient. It's not realistic. It's motivated politically."
Whenever a new Sorkin show comes out, there's always a period when it's no longer "cool" to like Sorkin for, well, being Sorkin. It's always mystified me. Give it a month.

That said, I really enjoyed it. Daniels looks like he can keep up the Sorkin pace well, and I enjoyed the setup for Alison Pill's character. I just hope they don't drag out the Will/Mackenzie thing. Tell us what happened and whether they're going to crap or get off the pot. If that drags on beyond the first season I'll be disappointed.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:43 PM   #20
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It seems like journalists are panning Newsroom in the same way that Republicans panned The West Wing. "It's too convenient. It's not realistic. It's motivated politically."
True but I see conservative news organizations like HuffPo panning it as well.

Really not sure why I liked the pilot and looks to be a solid show.
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True but I see conservative news organizations like HuffPo panning it as well.

Really not sure why I liked the pilot and looks to be a solid show.
HuffPo is conservative?
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True but I see conservative news organizations like HuffPo panning it as well.
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.
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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.
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Here is a decent article that touches on why it is set 2 years ago.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maggie...?utm_hp_ref=tv

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True but I see conservative news organizations like HuffPo panning it as well.

Really not sure why I liked the pilot and looks to be a solid show.
This reviewer that I posted earlier from HuffPo liked it.
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HuffPo is conservative?
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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.
That must have made it really fun for him.
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That must have made it really fun for him.
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.
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Excellent! Emmy material already. Of course only us liberal losers will watch it.
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This show looks like it's setting up to be the West Wing meets Sports Night and I'm all in.
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