This Sunday is a big day for news junkies, and for once its not for the opportunity to camp out in front of another court house or crime scene. Airing on July 14th is the season two premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s latest television drama The Newsroom.
While the show’s first season was met with mixed reviews, mostly regarding Sorkin’s liberal optimism on behalf of cable news and his unflattering portrayal of women and people who aren’t middle aged white guys, the second season is exciting because beneath all that criticism is a promising drama that could join the ranks of such HBO feats of The Wire and The Sopranos.
For those who couldn’t care less about world events (and let’s face it, there’s a lot of you), the show doesn’t patronize. Each episode is centered around a major news story lifted from real life, but carefully explains every detail along the way. Like most shows on HBO, The Newsroom’s first season is easy to catch up on as it was limited to 10 episodes.
However, as last season was not a very plot heavy one, going forward the only thing one needs to know is the show takes viewers inside a fictional 24 hour cable news channel with a nightly news program called, “News Night” hosted by anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and led by his scrappy executive producer MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and team of young, go-get-em reporters.
Sorkin’s writing has the potential to bring out the best in actors. A good case study being Andrew Garfield’s breakout role in The Social Network, which won Sorkin an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, as compared to his rather shallow performance in Amazing Spider-Man.
What’s probably most exciting about this season is the promising acting chops of Alison Pill who played Kim Pine in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and even Olivia Munn who can actually kinda act when she’s not trying to eat hot dogs without using her hands.
Sorkin’s snappy dialogue is like a perfect jingle when done correctly. Though only few of the show’s actors were fluent in the language of Sorkinese in the series’ early episodes, by last year’s finale it was exciting to see players like Munn really starting to wrangle the skill.
Here’s hoping in this season he can get these ladies to talk about something other than men!
Check out the season premiere of The Newsroom Sunday July 14th at 10pm EST on HBO.
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