If you ever wondered what it’s like to work in a television newsroom, The Newsroom isn’t going to give you the most accurate idea. But in the same way that E.R. and Grey’s Anatomy makes working in an emergency room look “fun” and The West Wing makes the day-to-day drab of American politics appear thrilling, The Newsroom favours entertainment over truthfulness.
Created by Aaron Sorkin—the screenwriter who penned Moneyball, The Social Network, and A Few Good Men (to name a few) and was responsible for creating Sports Night, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for TV—The Newsroom takes place at a fictional big-city TV station called Atlantis Cable News. Jeff Daniels leads the strong ensemble cast as star news anchor Will McAvoy, and other actors on the show include Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Dev Patel, Sam Waterston, Thomas Sadoski, and Olivia Munn.
While the pilot episode premiered on Jun 24 on HBO to mixed reviews, I found the initial episode fast-paced and well-acted, with a nice balance of comedy and drama. While occasionally, Sorkin relies heavily on the pitter-patter dialogue he’s best known for (hello, nobody talks that quickly and sharply in real life), his characters show enough diversity to keep things interesting.
HBO has reportedly already renewed The Newsroom for a second season. If you’re up for an engaging, well-acted drama series to sink your teeth into, this might be a good one to try.