The Newsroom Preview: Breaking News

By Jesse Carp 2012-06-18 05:45:07 discussion comments
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Less than a week remains between now and the premiere of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom. Sorkin's return to television is obviously already highly anticipated but the fact that the Academy Award and Emmy winning writer has decided to take his talents to HBO makes it all the more exciting. The series is about the fictional 'News Night' team and the inherent struggle between trying to present the not glamourous but necessary stories while also somehow being popular at the same time.

In an ideal world, the news and news organization's primary concerns should not be ratings but, well, we don't live in an ideal world. We live in a world where television news, like everything else on the small screen. is driven by ratings. Who cares about an informed populace when you have the number one news show in the country. The Newsroom addressed these issues in the latest 'What is Newsworthy?' promo but what I found most interesting was the tidbits they let slip about the episodic structure of the HBO series.

It seems each week will focus on a particular news event from recent history and show the team at 'News Night,' lead by Jeff Daniel's lead anchor Will McAvoy, struggling with how to best present the story to the public, the battle with the brass to be allowed to present it that way and, ultimately, the very different newscast than what we saw on Fox, CNN or MSNBC. The 'one big story' per show structure is further highlighted in this third The Newsroom promo, take a look to see a few of the topics that will be tackled.



Over the course of the eight episode first season it seems like The Newsroom will be addressing familiar stories like the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the 2011 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tuscon, Arizona and even the success of Operation Neptune Spear (Osama Bin Laden). Things could get a little preachy. But I don't care, only because I'm usually on the same political page as the creator and listening to his dialogue is often like listening to good music. Now, that doesn't mean I'm going to love The Newsroom in its full one hour installments, however, nothing I've seen so far would have me think otherwise. Looking forward to next weekend.

The Newsroom premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. It stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, Alison Pill, Dev Patel and Jane Fonda. It was created by Aaron Sorkin.
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