The Newsroom Preview: What Is Newsworthy?
HBO's been typically generous in the amount of content it's offered us leading up to the premiere of their new drama series The Newsroom. We've seen trailers and character spots that have given us a general idea of what Aaron Sorkin has in store for us with his next television endeavor. Based on what we've seen so far, it might be safe to expect some pretty fantastic performances on the part of the series stars, and hopefully some great commentary on the modern-day news-reporting.
The latest Newsroom video to make its way online is less a preview of the series so much as it is a deeper look at the subject matter of the HBO drama. The Newsroom takes place at a cable news network and has Jeff Daniels playing a stressed out news anchor. The video below has the cast discussing what is "newsworthy," which results in some interesting comments about the evolution of television news.
It's certainly an interesting topic and one that's well worth exploring in a TV drama. If there's one concern I have about the series, it's that there's a fine line between having a subject presented in an interesting, engaging way and being preached at. A show about TV news probably runs the risk of being biased on certain issues to some extent, much in the way we could argue the cable news networks are. But based on what we've seen in the promos so far, and what I've seen of Sorkin's work in the past, I'm anticipating The Newsroom being close enough to that line for the show to be entertaining and thought-provoking, without crossing it. We'll have to wait and see once the show premieres June 24 on HBO.
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