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Hey, so this is me poking around the internet to see if I can find some active, current Newsroom fans to babble at over this season.

I finally saw the first episode of the new season the other night, and I had the strangest feeling, where I could totally see, really feel, all the critical allegations against the show, could see exactly why people might think it was preachy, overblown and self righteous, but taken all at once, within the full package of the show, I ended up finding even those flaws largely really enjoyable?

It's like a cake--self-indulgent, very possibly not good for me (at least if we are operating under the assumption that NOT being a smug, righteous, wanna-be-intellectual-asshole is what is good for me), but DAMN is it satisfying.

I am not trying to bash this show--I just realized it might be starting to sound like I am, and that is incredibly not true, and I know this is SO not the place for that to be getting confused, but really, Sorkin? The scene where he reaches back through time to speak through Neal and warn Occupy Wall Street about why they would fail? MORE THAN A BIT HEAVY HANDED, NO?

I was really digging the greater inclusion of Neal this season so far, though. He and Sloan are definitely my favorites (though shhhh, don't tell. I am clearly very subtle), though not together--there were a few minutes last season when it looked like the show might be going to a Neal/Sloan place that really wasn't doing it for me. I am much more excited that it looks like we might get some Don/Sloan.

(I maybe ship Jim/Neal a whole lot, please don't judge. I love Maggie to bits but am not convinced that she and Jim are as ~MFEO~ as the show's trajectory would indicate, and I really love the idea that JIM HAS SUCH A THING FOR IDEALISTS. He has a definite type, that way, from Mac to Maggie straight through to Neal, who is the most idealistic idealist around. HE IS SO VERY MUCH MY FAVE.

That bit with "Has anyone talked to him?" after Jim RUNS AWAY FROM HOME and Neal's "He called me" made me waaaay happier than it should have, tbh.)

Anyway, this post is pretty much just to poke my head in, say hi, and see if anyone's down to be enthused about the new season with me. Hello! Anybody out there?
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This is only relevant to anyone who is interested in requesting The Newsroom fic in the yearly Yuletide gift exchange, but I think it warrants mentioning. (Sorry for bothering you if you're not interested in Yuletide!)

Neal Sampat, Will McAvoy, and Jim Harper are the only characters showing up on the autocomplete, but they're not the only characters available! The Newsroom characters eligible for Yuletide are, according to the Yuletide 2012 tag set: Charlie Skinner, Don Keefer, Jim Harper, Kaylee (The Newsroom), MacKenzie McHale, Maggie Jordan, Neal Sampat, Sloan Sabbith, and Will McAvoy.

If you want to request anyone from that list other than Neal, Will, or Jim, the Yuletide sign-up post says, "If a character listed on the tag set does not come up under the appropriate fandom, you can copy & paste it from the tag set to make sure it's input correctly."

Happy Yuletiding!
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Title: A Lot Of What's Going On In This Story Has To Do With The Economy
Fandom: The Newsroom
Characters/Pairings: Sloan/Mackenzie (with canon background het)
Rating: Soft R
Disclaimer: The Newsroom characters and plot aren't mine. (Granted, much of it isn't Sorkin's, either...)

Sloan and Mac's conversation over drinks takes a different turn.

(Fixit fic for a bunch of the things I didn't like through episode 5, including such gems as "what could two lady characters bond over? Nail care!" and "Mac keeps being shown as hilariously incompetent with few competent moments to balance it out" and "incessant, repetitive telling-not-showing about the romances Sorkin wants to push, even when it's wildly inappropriate for the characters to do so" and "not enough lesbians.")

( Read on Dreamwidth | Read on the AO3 )
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So. I enjoyed that episode!

Not because it found a way to redeem the flaws of previous episodes, mind you. Or even because it avoided them. Rather, because it took them so comedically OTT that it was like the entire episode was airlifted in from a completely different show. The few times it tried to give Serious Speeches About News, you couldn't even take it seriously, because the rest of the action was such unadulterated crack.

And it was funny crack, too! Like, if you were pitching a comedy about the backstage antics of a screwed-up but plucky and irrepressible team of newspeople, this is basically the script you would sell it with. It was like 30 Rock for journalism. Like a series about backstage on The Daily Show, but taking place in TDS' fictional continuity, so everything is just as ridiculous backstage as it is on-screen.

I am aware that this is not at all how Sorkin was expecting viewers to feel, and episode 8 will probably take things back to normal, but it was definitely fun while it lasted.
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Which is to say: I mostly really liked this episode! Hands down the best one so far (though there were still some facepalm-worthy moments). I was torn between looking forward to it, and being anxious that the focus on Sloan would get her hit with the Awful Writing bat. And it did not! And there was much rejoicing.

More, with spoilers )

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Granted, this is seriously late, and some of it may already be jossed by the episode that aired the other day. But I haven't seen episode 6 yet, and still have Things To Say about episode 5, so here goes--

Spoilers under the cut. )

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I wrote a blog post about last night's portrayal of the Wisconsin union protests here.

I'm interested to see how they keep carrying this storyline.

More links, post-ep4

Saturday, 21 July 2012 01:14 pm
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Dan Rather still thinks it's awesome. I gotta say, it is kind of disorienting to see a Distinguished Newsman fanboying this hard.

Especially since I came to it off Television Without Pity's dissections, which do a laserlike job of pointing out all the really stupid things Sorkin wants us to accept as noble and good and right. Also, the fact that NewsNight spelled Richard Clarke's name wrong. Journalism!

Meanwhile, apparently Sorkin fired almost his entire writing staff. Except for the one who's his ex-girlfriend. Life imitates art? Or art serves as foreshadowing for the life of the artist?
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Okay, so this is way late, but whatever. Have some thoughts.

Most of this is a critique of the show's use of real news as dramatic fuel. Particularly in that last sequence, under the Coldplay lyrics.

Spoilers and such under the cut )

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Explication of the reference to Scott Walker from Mackenzie and Will

Olivia talks about her role and her past journalism jobs

Discussion thread on FFA, mostly not impressed, but with a great conversation about why not.

Also: new icon! Feel free to use =)
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Well, evidently Dan Rather thought it was awesome.

(He's reviewing the series for Gawker, of all things.)

I accidentally had music playing when I started the episode, and the track in question was cinematic background music. Took a while to realize that Two Steps From Hell's "House of Fire" wasn't supposed to be playing over Will's dramatic speechifying.

To be honest, I kept zoning out for bits of the rest, so my reactions are going to be less organized. If anything important seems to be missing, please bring it up.

Spoilers and discussion )

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An article on The Daily Beast about The Newsroom's treatment of female characters. Contains major spoilers for episodes 1-2, minor ones for episodes 3-4.

I just saw episode two, and my overall feelings go like this: there's a Newsroom that Sorkin is showing us, and then there's a Newsroom that Sorkin is telling us about, and I like the first Newsroom very much. There are a couple of mental edits I've made to the "telling" parts to bring them more in line with the "showing" parts. If I have to do that more and more as the series goes on, it's going to be less and less enjoyable...but hey, I made it through the last series of Glee, and it's not like this can be harder.

Spoilers: mental rewrites, more detail, and miscellaneous reactions. )

Would love to hear everyone else's reactions!

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Season 1, Episode 1 is available on YouTube!

I've got one post up with some preliminary thoughts, plus links to other reviews. Anyone else have reaction posts? Or just post your thoughts here =)

ETA: spoilery thoughts under the cut )

(Mods: needs tags for "videos", "reaction posts"?)
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NPR's Monkey See blog has a list of The Ten Most Sorkin Things In The Trailer while The Guardian has a short write-up saying The Newsroom trailer hints at a new pessimism from Aaron Sorkin.

Meanwhile, I've made six icons from the trailer that you're free to snag. They're all Will, since the trailer was pretty Will-heavy.


Sunday, 1 April 2012 09:41 pm
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If you head on over to HBO's The Newsroom site, you can watch a trailer for the show. It goes without saying that it contains spoilers.

It looks amazing, but that's just my humble opinion. What are your thoughts?

Jane Fonda

Thursday, 15 December 2011 12:37 am
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Entertainment Weekly's Inside TV reports Jane Fonda is joining the cast of Newsroom:
Jane Fonda has joined the burgeoning cast of Aaron Sorkin’s news network drama at HBO.

The Oscar-winning actress is going to play a recurring character – the CEO of the show’s fictional cable network’s parent company. (Real life point of interest: Fonda was married to CNN founder Ted Turner).


Monday, 5 December 2011 06:25 pm
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HBO Watch reports that we may finally have a title: Newsroom. (Warning: Minor spoilers at that link.)

So, do we like Newsroom as a title? It doesn't have much in the way of pizazz, but at least it's short, and it kind of fits with titles like The West Wing, Sports Night, and The Social Network.
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I'm late to the party on this by about two weeks, but via Forbes: Chris Matthews' Son Is In Aaron Sorkin's New Show About Cable News. How Meta Is That?
Here's a fun tidbit from my interview with Chris Matthews that I, um, forgot to mention in my earlier story about him: His son, Thomas, is an actor, and he has a role in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming HBO series about cable news talking heads, “More As This Story Develops.” Matthews fils plays a producer on a program not unlike “Hardball,” although the lead character, played by Jeff Daniels, is said to have more in common with Keith Olbermann.

And I'm even later to the party on the other bit of info about Chris Matthews and the new show:
It’s also funny, though, because Matthews himself reportedly agreed to make a cameo on the show, only to back out after his bosses at MSNBC denied him permission. According to Vulture, they worried that the show might present an unflattering view of the network and/or cable news and/or left-wing media. That marked an about-face, since earlier, MSNBC had been helpful to Sorkin, allowing him to spend time on the set of “Hardball” as research.
I just find this whole thing hilarious given the somewhat... let's say "contentious" relationship between Matthews and Olbermann.

More casting news

Thursday, 16 June 2011 06:10 pm
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From New York Magazine:
The cast for Aaron Sorkin's HBO pilot More As the Story Develops is pretty much complete: Josh Pence, John Gallagher Jr., and Thomas Sadoski have all signed on for the show, which stars Jeff Daniels as cable-news anchor and Emily Mortimer as his new producer and former flame.
(Or, well, okay, from Deadline, but Deadline was calling it "More as This Story Develops," so I wanted a different source.)

Sam Waterston

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 05:57 pm
sarken: washington square arch in spring ([nyc] washington square)
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Sam Waterston joins the cast!

I'm kind of excited. I love him.