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The Newsroom - Season 1 [DVD] 
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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.
HBO presents a series from the fertile mind of Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and executive produced by Sorkin, Scott Rudin and Alan Poul. Smart, topical, humorous and highly entertaining, The Newsroom takes a behind-the-scenes look at a high-rated cable-news program at the fictional ACN Network, focusing on the on- and off-camera lives of its acerbic anchor (Jeff Daniels), new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), their newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and others) and their news-division boss (Sam Waterston). Overcoming a tumultuous first day together – climaxing in a newsflash that a BP oil rig has just exploded in the Gulf of Mexico – the team sets out on a patriotic if quixotic mission to "do the news well" in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, and their own personal entanglements.
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Aaron Sorkin has created a first class drama with excellent scripts which are superbly delivered - Will McAvoy's monologue in the first episode gives an insight into the strength of writing and performance which The Newsroom, and Will in particular, showcase week in and week out. Each individual is extremely competent at their job and there is a strong team ethos with thought provoking analysis, highs and lows, humour and integrity. Problems and politics with the owners of the station, ably led by Jane Fonda, bubble along in the background and add to the events and day to day pressures.
I would strongly recommend The Newsroom and am delighted to note that it has been picked up for a second season, if I'd more than 5* available to award I would.
His list of movie writing credits speaks for itself: A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball, and the upcoming Steve Jobs.
As for his small screen output: what's left to say? I loved the West Wing (see my review: 5 Star: Sheer class from the first episode to the last... 17 Jan. 2015). I also rated his other shows, among them: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which, sadly, only ran for one season.
Being of an enquiring mind I took a look at some of the 1 and 2 star reviews this series has gained. Now, far be it from me to criticize my fellow reviewers’ comments but some of them are enough to make you weep. For those who have written: ‘Absolutely terrible’; ‘Not entertaining’; ‘Boring, over-acted’ and ‘Dire’, you do wonder what their idea of a good, entertaining, well-acted series might be. Still, each to his or her own, I guess.
The clever twist with this series, for me at any rate, is that all the news stories covered by the ‘Newsroom’ are real events with real news footage included. By writing the episodes well after the incidents portrayed – but by filming them as if they are unfolding within the show – Sorkin brings a real urgency to the stories. The writing’s intelligent, smart and witty and often laugh-out-loud funny. Typical Sorkin, then.Read more ›
The show itself deals with the behind the scenes comings and goings of - you've guessed it, a Newsroom. Jeff Daniels plays the charismatic, yet belligerent and socially awkward, Will McAvoy, a news anchor for a cable network news channel. Paired alongside him is the tremendous Emily Mortimer as the kooky, loveable, yet brilliant, MacKenzie McHale as his executive producer. These two are just the tip off an exceptional iceberg of talent, and the strong cast do a great job engaging you into their world.
Now back to that eight minutes. I think this is a fantastic show, and while I appear to be a little late to the party I will recommend it to anyone who will listen. This usually goes one of two ways. "Yeah, Jake, that sounds really boring." And they don't watch it. Or "Yeah, Jake, that sounds really boring." Then they watch it and love it. The series opens strongly as it sees the producers of the fictional news show deciding to rethink how they 'do' the news. The concept is a noble one and it definitely makes you sit back and think.
Toward the second half of the series it does become a little more human drama focused, which is a shame in some ways, but by then you are fully invested in the characters and happy to go with the flow and see their individual crises play out. However, and this is why it is only four stars, it never really hits the high note of that opening eight minutes. That doesn't mean it isn't a great show, more like a fantastic meal where the best thing you ate was the starter and you wish you had just ordered three of them instead of a main and a dessert.
All in all, a much needed breath of fresh air from AAPD (another acronymed police drama) to give the old brain a little work out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one the series that would go down as the best tv series every written.I was introduced to this series by my daughter and I was hooked. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Uenna
Absolutely wonderful programme, a class above anything else available - brilliantly written by Aaron Sorkin,. A great shame they ended it after 3 series
John Moore, London UK
A massive fan of the West Wing and the short lived Studio 60 on Sunset Strip. So when this appeared I had to watch it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lonely stray
The series seemed to start with a bang with a career-ending speech by the lead actor - a boorish, thoroughly unlikable 40 something newsreader. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ozzieal
Fantastic! Spellbinding! I keep going back to it! t
The actors are terrific,the storyline has everything and more you could ever hopefor,and I wish I could have worked in... Read more