I have to admit upfront, that I only watched the first 5 minutes of the second show (I watched the pilot 2x). It takes too much energy to follow the dialogue acrobatics. It's fast pace, is not witty and smart, it's just annoying. Does Sorkin get paid by the word? Are the actors rewarded for reciting his dialogue without taking a breath? Thanks, but no thanks.
What a total mess last night was. Premiere was typically frenetic, insecure and choppy but its energy gave its negatives a pass from me and encouraged a second peek. There won't be a third. Characters are overplayed, cliched and loathesome. Few shows have 'jumped the shark' faster.
I agree that the women were mostly weak and unlikeable this episode - undoing all the great character building last week - and Sorkin apparently can't write an intelligent conservative argument even when his smart and capable leading man is (apparently) being conservative.
I don't know how Newsroom or the fictional News Night will ever show two sides of the story if Sorkin can't or won't take the conservative viewpoint seriously.
I heard an interview with Aaron Sorkin about his motives and ideas behind this series. The point is exactly to make a newsroom "done right" but more importantly he was focused on dialogue. The banter back and forth between people, the sing song kind of methodic tone of dialogue - think 1930's Cary Grant His Girl Friday. I think Sorkin has succeeded. I had to stop reading this review because it is obvious to me that the critic has no clue what the show is about. "She can't write an email..." seriously how do you get through any movie or tv show if you are picking apart each character piece by piece. The characters are supposed to represent real life people, I don't know about you but the human beings I am surrounded by are flawed, imperfect and completely unpredictable. If you analyze every show as superficially as the above review insinuates then you are simply not grasping the full concept.
They need to watch Mad Men and learn that less is more with acting. I never liked West Wing, and this show is even worse with the over acting and self important dramatics.
I liked the West Wing, but this show is complete crap. The dialogue (for just about everybody) sounds like the hysterical ranting of a college student who has zero self-awareness, and the plot devices (Email to all staff by mistake!) and hiding under a (ex-date) state governor's spokesman's bed in college are risible. In fact, it makes the new series of Dallas seem totally grounded in the real world in comparison to this intelligence-insulting piece of pseudo-intellectual nonsense. I'm surprised that any of the actors could keep a straight face while they thrashed about in their carefully-manufactured faux-existential angst and tried to emote meaningfully to each other as quickly and loudly as possible while everybody else looked on in an apalled/shocked manner. No privacy in the newsroom! All personal stuff is out there for everybody, all the time!
btw, at least Dallas is honest silly escapism which doesn't make the mistake of taking itself seriously.
Rating 0.1/5.0, but the 0.1 is only for the horror and the disbelief that such shoddy, cringeworthy pap provoked in me.
@ Feedback - Completely agree.
The Good Wife is known to mirror big Stories.
I also believe that by giving us history, they've removed potential entertainment. Leaving it mostly on the characters to carry the show.
@ Matt R. Great Review . (-_')
Last week I too was guilty of a cop out. When I complained about what I didn't see as supposed to what I did. As I couldn't bring myself to dissect the pilot. I figured it was my own fault for knowing A. Sorkin's dialogue so well.
This week I'll just agree with the review. Especially on the woman or M&M as they can only be describe as a travesty.
Will McAvoy needs to stop shouting it's annoying. I'm not buying him as a leader , thus far. Considering he is the voice we should be listening to, STOP SHOUTING. Hell it's even annoying in caps.
Politics - I'm pretty jaded in this subject. As I'm under the belief that--
Democrats Sale the dream that was once free.
Republicans Sale the pharmaceuticals so you don't see the nightmare.
Me To broke to sleep.
So the S Palin shots were just bad. What's next Tiger jokes. SNL is terrible and this show should be better.
@ Feedback - Completely agree ...
The Good Wife is known to mirror big news stories.
I also believe that by giving us history lessons, they removed potential entertainment. Thus leaving it to the characters to carry the show.
Now, Matt Richenthal, if only you wrote all the reviews on this website!
I understand what Sorkin is tryng to do with this show, I just think he's failing at it. He wants to show a Newsroom done right, but by relying on old news stories, he's making it hard for us not to roll our eyes because we all know that hindsight is making it too easy to break these news stories correctly.
I think he should have used fake news stories. Some of them could have mirrored the popular ones of last year, but they shouldn't be the exact ones. I think I would have enjoyed the show much more.
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