Whether or not you were a fan of Aaron Sorkin’s much-maligned (but surprisingly popular!) HBO drama (we’re of a mixed opinion around here), you have to admit that the first season of The Newsroom contained just as much yelling as it did walk-and-talks and recycled Sorkinese. If your Wednesday afternoon could use an auditory jolt right about now, click through to watch a supercut of all the crazy commotion, courtesy of Slacktory — but do your coworkers a favor, and put on some headphones first. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we wished we could see the looks on a bunch of Rhode Islanders’ faces when they found out their 1979 Who concert tickets were redeemable for a 2013 show. We wanted this Irish Olympic commentator to narrate everything, forever. We wondered if this Korean song is the new… Read More
Are you still watching Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, readers? Can you update us on whether that nice, righteous, rich, white, middle-aged man has finally succeeded in getting all of those frustratingly diverse Millennials off his lawn with their Twitters and their blogs and such? All joking aside, we may finally have found a reason to give the HBO series another shot: Paste has created The Newsroom Bingo, so we and our friends can make a (drinking) game out of tracking the show’s tropes. Because it’s more fun to put a marker down (or take a sip of something strong) than to groan whenever poor Alison Pill stumbles over her words or Jeff Daniels uses an extended metaphor. Click through to see the first card in the series, then print out all four at Paste. … Read More
1. The trailer for the upcoming season of Doctor Who has landed online, and it’s chock full of awesome Dalek action. Also: dinosaurs on a spaceship! [via io9]
2. “The writing staff was not fired. And just seeing that in print is scaring the hell out of the writing staff. They’re acting very,… Read More
If you haven’t been enjoying the “dramatically inert, infuriating mess” otherwise known by many as Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, you still may want to stick around for season two. Reports indicate that most of the writers behind the TV news drama have been fired. “They’re not coming back, except for Sorkin’s ex-girlfriend [Corinne… Read More
Vampire sex and self-congratulatory, “clever-fake click-clackity dialogue” (as dubbed by writer Bret Easton Ellis on Twitter last night) are returning to HBO. The network has picked up True Blood and The Newsroom for new seasons.
This will be round six for Alan Ball’s melodrama about bloodsuckers, werewolves, and other sex-crazed, supernatural fiends stalking… Read More
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. … Read More
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. … Read More
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. … Read More