Did you watch The Newsroom last night, TV fans? And did you love it, or did you agree with most critics, who were put off by Aaron Sorkin’s condescending sermonizing, too-similar characters, and questionable representation of how the TV journalism world works? For our part, we were even more disappointed than we expected to be. Not only were the reviewers right, but the show was a bit too “rich, middle-aged white guy saves the world” for our taste — and, in accordance with that, the “kids these days” hand-wringing that was also Sorkin’s fixation in The Social Network (which, for the record, we enjoyed) felt like a bit much.
Although we had originally intended to give The Newsroom at least three episodes to win us over, we found last night’s premiere — which critics seem to agree is the best episode they’ve seen — so off-putting that we might have to give up now. Thankfully, for those of us who were particularly looking forward to a TV show about the making of a TV show, there are plenty of great series out there to take its place. From The Mary Tyler Moore Show to 30 Rock, we’ve rounded up the ten best TV shows about TV shows below.
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If you shut off Girls this past Sunday with a sigh of relief, you’re not alone. Between May and June we’ve all endured an emotionally exhausting line-up of season finales (not to mention penultimate and triumvirate finales), and frankly this week was a nice, quiet reprieve. Sort of. Knowing what’s ahead, it’s been impossible to get too comfortable. New seasons of Breaking Bad and Louie are slowly approaching, we can’t not watch Weeds‘ last season, there’s catching up to do on Bunheads, and of course this Sunday, Sorkin is back. So, in an exercise to get the juices flowing, we’ve decided to round up the writers we believe to be most responsible for putting us in this stressful state of TV addiction, starting with the king of TV confabulation himself.
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We — and every other TV connoisseur in America — have been counting down the days till the debut of Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama, The Newsroom, since the show was announced several months ago. But while we’ll still be watching the premiere this Sunday, the sheer number of negative reviews that have already been published is starting to worry us. While a few critics are sticking up for the show — The Hollywood Reporter praises its strong cast and engagement with complex issues — the majority seem fairly unhappy. How could critics possibly like an Aaron Sorkin TV show about cable news (Metacritic score: 56) less than the Dallas reboot (62)? After the jump, we take a look at the reviews to see what’s turning them off.
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If you followed the coverage of this spring’s TV upfronts, then you probably have a pretty good idea of which shows critics find promising. But just in case you’ve lost track of what you’re supposed to be anticipating, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards have revealed the honorees for the year’s Most Exciting New Series, a… Read More
1. io9 is reporting (and the AP has confirmed) the sad news that legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury — whose prolific output included Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and one of our all-time favorite short stories, “Dandelion Wine” — died this morning in Los Angeles at… Read More
Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we find Netflix purging a bunch of good titles for a giant batch of new ones in early June (must be some sort of mid-year end-of-contract period or something), so our list is mostly — but not entirely — comprised of stuff you’ll have to get on quick, featuring stars like Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Douglas, Billy Bob Thornton, Parker Posey, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Woody Harrelson, Tom Cruise, Winona Ryder, and Sylvester Stallone. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
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[Editor's note: Your devoted Flavorwire team is taking Memorial Day off, but we've left you with some of our favorite summer-related features that you may have missed the first time around. This post originally ran May 9, 2012. Enjoy!]
Sweeps month is upon us, TV fans, and while that means all our favorite shows will spend the next few weeks trying to top each other with standout episodes, it also means we’ve got to say good-bye to many of them until September. But never fear — the summer television season is never as fallow as it seems. Beginning this month, a slew of new series, old favorites, and guilty pleasures will premiere to fill the hole in our TV schedule left by the network fare that’s about to go on hiatus. We’ve listed ten of our most anticipated shows of the summer, from Breaking Bad to a revived Dallas, after the jump; be sure to add yours in the comments.
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With the 2012 college graduation season nearly wrapping up, and the unofficial start of summer just days away, we thought that now would be a good time to round up clips of all of the fantastic celebrity commencement speeches that have taken place so far. From Mayor Bloomberg’s topical response to North Carolina’s referendum banning same-sex marriage at UNC Chapel Hill to Andy Samberg’s much more lighthearted (and impression-filled!) appearance at Harvard — as well as contributions by not one, but two Obamas — you’ll find a treasure trove of interesting life advice from some of pop culture’s biggest names after the jump. Check out the videos, and let us know in the comments who you think needs to quit their day job and become a full-time inspirational speaker.
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1. Here’s your first look at the Greendale crew’s video game avatars from Thursday night’s 8-bit season finale of Community. It’s also worth noting that three new episodes of the show are airing that evening — at 8pm, 9pm, and 9:30pm. [via THR]
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1. Ashton Kutcher has signed on to play Steve Jobs in a new indie film that “chronicles Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple and one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.” While it seems like a bit of an odd casting choice, we suppose there is a slight resemblance. [via… Read More