Before you say anything, yes- I know that The Newsroom is an old show and yes I know it’s not even on the air anymore and yes I know I’m a bit behind, but I just started watching it and I am hooked! I don’t have cable and I recently gave up my Netflix, so I’ve been getting movies and TV Shows from the library. This was a show that was at my local branch, and I had heard good things about The Newsroom from friends, so I decided to give it a go.
The Newsroom originally aired on HBO from 2012-2014 and was created by Aaron Sorkin (you probably know him as the creator of The West Wing.) I tried watching The West Wing and DID NOT CARE FOR IT AT ALL, so I was apprehensive about watching another Sorkin show, but I really enjoyed this one a lot! It’s all witty and smart people, but it still seems like real conversations that could actually happen in real life, and not just “oh, ok, they’re reading a smart and witty script” if that makes sense.
First off, they got a great main cast. The people I didn’t already know became new favorites, and then people I did already know were happy surprises! I didn’t know any of the cast before watching, so it was fun to see Olivia Munn and Dev Patel and Emily Mortimer, who upon seeing, I immediately yelled at the TV “Be careful, she has hollow bones!!” in reference to her cameo on 30 Rock.
One of my favorite things about the show is that yes, it’s completely fictional, but they incorporate real events into the show. A lot of the drama comes from getting breaking news stories, such as the BP oil spill, when congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot, when Osama bin Laden was killed, etc. There are definitely very heavy and serious moments to the show, but they do a great job balancing it out with humor and plenty of references to Broadway musicals.
My favorite character by far is the economic reporter, Sloan Sabbith (played by Oliva Munn). She is awkward and sassy and always stands up for herself.
I’m not even finished watching the entire series yet (I only watch one episode a day) but I can’t wait to finish it! I have a friend who is watching the series at the same time (and at the same speed) that I am, and it’s fun to text her my reactions and my predictions and my frustrations. So far during season 1, she got a lot of texts about “DUMB BOYFRIEND DON!!!!!!!!!!!”
Have you watchted The Newsroom? Did you love it, too? What’s a TV show that you’ve been obsessing over lately?