Monday, July 23, 2012

The Newsroom

Have you been watching Aaron Sorkin's latest creation? HBO's newest hour of drama focuses on Will McAvoy, Jeff Daniels, a news anchor, who in the pilot episode has a 'break down' at a college round table presentation and after years of being the good guy on television finally speaks his mind. This causes major drama for the fictional network ACN, for which his does the evening news. A new executive producer is brought on, Mackenzie MacHale, played by the lovely Emily Mortimer. Mackenzie also happens to be Will's ex-girlfriend and the love of his life.  The chemistry between Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer brings a fresh chemistry to TV that I haven't seen since Maggie and Dr. Joel on 'Northern Exposure.'

The supporting characters are absolutely wonderful. There is a love triangle between the other executive producer of the 10 o'clock news, Don Keefer, played by Thomas Sadoski, Jim Harper, played by John Gallagher Jr, and Maggie Jordan, played by Allison Pill. The 'love eyes' Jim and Maggie give each other every episode are enough for any romantic to come back every week for more. John Gallagher Jr and Allison Pill once played siblings in the popular indy film with Katie Homles 'Pieces of April.'

Dev Patel, Sam Waterson, Olivia Munn, Chris Messina and the legendary Jane Fonda all shine as supporting characters in this fast paced witty show. As Aaron Sorkin stated himself, this show is idealistic, romantic and inspiring. These three elements are the classics ingredients to a perfect TV formula. Every episode focuses on true events, such as the Gabriele Giffords shooting, the Tea Party rise, and the Egyptian riots.

I rewound the last ten minutes of the fourth episode four times. It was beautiful..a rare moment on television that excites you, has you hold back tears and makes you stand up off your couch all at the same time. Be sure to watch the first five episodes, then tune in Sundays after 'True Blood' at 10pm to see for yourself.

Is this the next big HBO hit... "It can be."

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