It’s been a long time since I did a review of a TV show, but I felt that in this case I had to write something. From the creative mind of Aaron Sorkin who has brought us such television delights as The West Wing and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip comes a brand new drama from HBO called The Newsroom.
I am a fan of political type drama shows and although this is a slightly different setting, the style of the program is similar to The West Wing in its writing. The show pilot has been getting less favourable reviews from what I have read so far, but I have to take the completely opposite view.
Starring a wide range of acting talent which I will cover in the next section, the show is about a news anchor, who following a rant at a university question and answer session, finds himself coming back from vacation to a bare newsroom where all his staff bar a few have “defected” to a later broadcast at the ACN network. What happens in the next hour is some of the best television I have seen since the days of The West Wing and I can’t wait for the next episode.
The main cast includes Jeff Daniels as news anchor Will McAvoy who seems to have forgotten what it is to actually tell the news rather than being the popular kid in the playground. Sam Waterston plays Charlie Skinner who runs the newsroom. He is a very likeable character and quite old-fashioned in a lot of ways, but he only has one thing at heart, and that’s telling the news right and getting the right people to do it for him. Waterston of course you should all remember from The Killing Fields. Emily Mortimer plays the executive producer Mackenzie MacHale who is an old flame of McAvoy’s and brought in without his knowledge to take over the running of the show. Also starring are Thomas Sadoski, Alison Pill and Dev Patel.
Right from the start just as with previous shows by Sorkin, its is fast paced, long sentenced dialogue, but it’s also clever and this is something that I like. It is a very nice blend of The West Wing, Sports Night and Studio 60 and I look forward the rest of this show, to put it simply, if you liked The West Wing, you’ll like this show, its well worth the watch. Check out the trailer now.