I spent most of Sunday fooling around in the art room and trying to catch up on many hours of television on the DVR. Since I paid more attention to painting than the TV, I didn’t get through much, but I do think I found a new favorite show.
After the original Law and Order, which remains at the top of my drama list, The West Wing series earned a close second. Low and behold, the writer and producer of The West Wing premiered a new show on HBO this summer. After watching the final two episodes of Newsroom this weekend, it is fantastic.
The Newsroom is about Will McAvoy, a news anchor (played by Jeff Daniels), who finally has enough of the shock media and wants to report on the news, and not take sides. He and his idealistic staff work tirelessly towards responsible news all while the corporate network and viewer ratings breathe down their necks. Like the West Wing, it leans towards the left, but the main character is a Republican who has become fed up with the extreme conservatism of late. In addition to Jeff Daniels, it stars Emily Mortimer as the show’s producer, who used to be in a relationship with Will, Olivia Munn, who is brilliant as the socially inept economist, and Sam Waterson (from Law and Order yay!), the Network’s president. Actually, all the regular characters are well developed and have back stories that go beyond the newsroom.
The writing on the show, also like the West Wing, is smart, witty, and topical. These are my favorite clips.
From the first episode - When Will decides he’s done with irresponsible journalism
and when I decide I have a little bit of a crush on him.
While the staff prepares for a Republican Presidential candidates’ debate….
From the final episode of the season. Will’s broadcast was shown in clips throughout the episode which is why it looks a little piecy put together in the video.
I’m sorry the season is over already. I look forward to what’s to come, especially how they will “cover” the next few months leading up to the election.