The Newsroom is Aaron Sorkin’s new politico-journo TV drama showing on Sky Atlantic in the UK and HBO in the US. It stars Jeff Daniels as leading man Will McAvoy the show’s host along with a strong supporting cast that includes Emily Mortimer as Executive Producer Mackenzie McHale, Economics professor Sloan Sabbith played by Olivia Munn, Dev Patel as aspiring producer Neal Sampat, Sam Waterson as Charlie Skinner the president of the ACN (Atlantic Cable News) divison along with recurring stars David Krumholz and Terry Crews.
You can take a look at the trailer for the show below:
Not unlike Sorkin’s creation The West Wing the focus of the show spends time attacking Republicans and their politics as Will and MacKenzie try to forge a new culture of news reporting in American TV focusing on stories that are pivotal to the country and will help inform voters of how to cast their ballot come election time. Whilst the show is only in its first season, and 8 episodes shown in the US, the series has already shown unique depth and character in many of the show’s cast.
Unlike the West Wing; The Newsroom is using current events like Japan’s nuclear crisis, congress’ debate over raising the debt ceiling, the News International hacking scandal to punctuate and support the show’s content and relevancy. In the episode Bullies the programme efficiently and eloquently uses the ignorant and ideological views of former Senator Rick Santorum, who was denied the Republican nomination for President as the Primary season saw former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney outspend and outperform many rivals to become their candidate for President, to illustrate why he would be unsuitable to lead the country.
It’s fast-paced, quick-witted and endearing: all qualities that come with Sorkin’s shows so take my advice and have a watch even if it’s just the trailer because if you’re like me you’ll go back wanting more.