The Newsroom

‘The Newsroom’, ‘The Comeback’, and ‘Getting On’ Premiere Dates

HBO announced premiere dates for three fall shows including the third season of The Newsroom, the return of The Comeback, and the… Read More

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Women Should Be Next on Aaron Sorkin’s Apology List

In a rare moment of humility this week, Aaron Sorkin apologized… sort of. He said a few words to journalists who do the kind of work he portrays on The Newsroom, in an attempt to smooth over any misunderstandings about how he portrays their profession. … Read More

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Thomas Sadoski of ‘The Newsroom’ Will Be Mr. Sugar in the Film of Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild’

We’re huge fans of Portland author Cheryl Strayed, best known for her bestselling memoir Wild, so we were intrigued to… Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, Brooklyn Nine-Nine kicks off while The Newsroom winds down. … Read More

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Why ‘The Newsroom’ Is a Failure: Aaron Sorkin Can’t Write Antiheroes

The Newsroom can’t catch a break. Season 2, a nine-episode block that wrapped up this Sunday, clearly tried to put the worst of Season 1 behind it, adding a season-long arc and taking the edge off the female hysteria. But somehow, the show still didn’t come together. The snappy dialogue was all there, as was the middlebrow elitism and all of the other guilty pleasure elements that can make watching an Aaron Sorkin show so fun. The problem is that even when Sorkin does what he does best, it’s still not enough to measure up to the shows that are its peers — namely, its fellow hour-long dramas on HBO and other prestige networks. In the Age of the Antihero, The Newsroom makes a few halfhearted attempts at unlikable protagonists and moral ambiguity, but it’s unable to follow through with them. And that’s why no matter how hard it tries, the show is doomed to fail (with the critics, at least). … Read More

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‘The Newsroom’ Season 2 Finale Rage-cap: “Election Night: Part II”

It’s just like The Newsroom to give us the happy ending we never actually wanted. While “Election Night: Part II” didn’t quite wave away our heroes’ problems with a magic wand, it came about as close to doing so as it possibly could, absolving everyone of their Genoa guilt while hurling together a few of the show’s long-teased romantic couples. But even though Sloan and Don’s big kiss managed to feel like a payoff, virtually everything else that went into tying off The Newsroom’s second season with a bow was a copout. Going into its third installment, this story has about as much suspense to it as the outcome of the two-year-old election it rehashes.

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These Are the Shows Flavorwire Staffers Hate-Watch

A really good question that’s been popping up in the news lately is one we’ve asked ourselves too many nights: Why do we keep watching shows we hate? We know shows like Dexter and True Blood are (or have become) terrible, but so many of us still trudge on through the muck. In the past, we’ve tried to figure out just what it is about these terrible shows that makes it so hard to tear ourselves away. Today, Flavorwire staffers describe their most masochistic TV relationships. … Read More

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‘The Newsroom’ Season 2 Rage-cap: “Election Night, Part I”

Here’s the problem with having Jane Fonda end an episode with a self-righteous monologue: she’ll sell the hell out of it, but that same self-righteousness is going to look twice as grating on everyone else. Which is how an otherwise fun election-night episode gets bogged down by endless self-flagellation on the part of the News Night higher-ups, who seem to be competing with each other for the title of Most Willing to Throw Self Under Bus. The Genoa fallout had to be taken care of eventually, but knowing that this is a Sorkin show and all of our protagonists are going to walk out of this more vindicated than ever sucks the suspense out of the situation. … Read More

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