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John Orquiola
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
Who watched Aaron Sorkin's lastest? If you don't have HBO, you can anyway. HBO is letting anyone see the pilot of The Newsroom for free until July 23rd on HBO.com (hbo.com) or on the HBO YouTube. (youtu.be)

I'd embed it but embedding is disabled.

I decided for some reason to watch it as soon as I woke up this morning. Watching The Newsroom at 6:30am was jarring, like Sorkin rustling you out of bed and yelling at you for an hour before you've had your morning coffee.

Is it well-written? Sure. Angry? A bit. Full of literary and celebrity name dropping? Natch. Well-acted. Very. Still, it reeked of artifice; expertly constructed by a man who certainly knows how to make a high quality level television show, but it's still a show oddly lacking in surprises or anything innovative to the format. There's some swearing, no nudity (seriously, on HBO!), and the show could just as easily be on any of the major broadcast networks. It's very, very Sorkin-y, if you like to be Sorkinized.

Olivia Munn Spoiler:


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She's not in the episode, even though she's in the opening credits. She doesn't appear until next week, which you gotta buy HBO to see.


If you are a Sorkin fan from Studio 60, The West Wing, or Sports Night and dialogue in The Newsroom sounds familiar to you, Vulture points out that it is. (vulture.com)

But then, I don't think this is a very fair criticism. Sorkin is a television writer. That's his job. His job. Repetitiveness is his job.

(edited by John Orquiola on 25.6.12 1237)

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.94
http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/06/25/newsroom-ratings/

    The Newsroom delivered 2.1 million viewers for its premiere run. also shed a fair amount of its big True Blood lead-in (4.7 million).




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The only people who watched this show are the people who reviewed it last week, the people who reviewed it last night, the people who inexplicably think people need to read the review they're writing tonight, and the people who watched it so they would be able to make sense of the reviews. Or make fun of them.

There's nothing else on that hour...if I can sit through "Tremé" I can probably sit through this.

(Oh, man, you know what show is awesome on Sundays, though? "My Momma Throws Down" is awesome.)



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.94
btw, did you catch the cameo in the show? the phone interview during the newscast with "Eric Neal, a rookie oil rig inspector from the Minerals Management Service"


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it was Jesse Eisenberg, star of Aaron Sorkin's 'The Social Network'




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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
    Originally posted by CRZ
    The only people who watched this show are the people who reviewed it last week, the people who reviewed it last night, the people who inexplicably think people need to read the review they're writing tonight, and the people who watched it so they would be able to make sense of the reviews. Or make fun of them.


I guess I mostly fall in the last category.

Speaking of reviews, the best one I read was by Dan Rather. (gawker.com) He seems to know what he's talking about regarding the subject matter more than TV critics.

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.58
I was very happy with the episode. Now, granted, I say that as a huge Aaron Sorkin mark--that flag that's not the US one on my posts right now? That's because I'm 9000 miles from home visiting The Lovely Future Mrs. Hegemon, and our love of TWW and SN was a major thing that brought us together. So, yeah, I'm the kind of person likely to like this. I liked it more than I liked most of Studio 60, for what that's worth.

So if you're going to say that there was a lot of familiar Sorkinism stuff, well, yeah. TWW became the greatest show ever in part by recycling lots of stuff from Sports Night.

Great video of examples of Sorkin doing "his job":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S78RzZr3IwI

Anyway, Jeff Daniels is good, Sam Waterston is fun in his role, and most of the younger people are unfamiliar to me but good in their roles, at least at first glance. So I'm happy, and looking forward to more. The theme is nice, too--perhaps it's reminding me of a movie theme? Any ideas?
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.94
I am not a Sorkin fan. I think he's over-rated as a writer. I did find this episode really good, however, and I will be tuning in for more.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.08
It's like Studio 60, but with an excuse for people to talk like that. They're creating a news show, not a comedy.

I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm sure I'll like a lot of shows more, ones that keep me guessing or change things up a lot, and in some ways I'm wondering why I need to watch this when I watch Real Time, but I'm always looking for more shows that I can listen to while I edit.

I noticed the actor cameo right away (I wonder if they're gonna do that every episode), but I also noticed during the opening credits (even though I was doing something else at the time), that it was directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland).
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    I am not a Sorkin fan. I think he's over-rated as a writer.


Never been a fan of anything he's written (yes, that includes the horrible facebook movie)



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.56
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
      Originally posted by Cerebus
      I am not a Sorkin fan. I think he's over-rated as a writer.


    Never been a fan of anything he's written (yes, that includes the horrible facebook movie)


His whole writing style is gainsay. Not unclever, but melodramatic.



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