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(Think Progress)   "Hey, sorority girl - when you ask me why America is the greatest country in the world, I don't know what the f*ck you're talking about." It's the trailer for Newsroom, the new HBO show by Aaron Sorkin   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 93
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2012-04-02 10:27:33 AM
I'm annoyed they made the news anchor a "moderate Republican", which really seems like either a network note, or Sorkin outsmarting himself.
 
2012-04-02 10:36:39 AM
There's no way it'll be better than SportsNight, but I'm hoping.
 
2012-04-02 10:59:20 AM
this looks promising
 
2012-04-02 11:01:26 AM
It might be good, but I'm worried it'll be the same overindulgent garbage Studio 60 was. Sorkin's great when he's on, but sometimes he gets too focused on the preachiness and forgets about actually entertaining.
 
2012-04-02 11:05:33 AM

cameroncrazy1984: There's no way it'll be better than SportsNight, but I'm hoping.


Did Sorkin let Sports Night die so that he could do West Wing?
 
2012-04-02 11:09:33 AM
I'm willing to give this a shot. Still have to watch Studio 60 some day.
 
2012-04-02 11:09:38 AM

Bloody William: It might be good, but I'm worried it'll be the same overindulgent garbage Studio 60 was. Sorkin's great when he's on, but sometimes he gets too focused on the preachiness and forgets about actually entertaining.


The problem with Studio 60 was that the indulgent pretentiousness didn't fit the premise. Hopefully this premise will allow for it a little more.
 
2012-04-02 11:29:58 AM
I like Jeff Daniels, I like Aaron Sorkin, I generally like HBO's programming. I will watch this.
 
2012-04-02 11:41:10 AM
I'm more looking forward to Julia Louis Dreyfus being Veep.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-04-02 12:16:51 PM
Moderate Republican? Is there such a thing?
 
2012-04-02 12:38:49 PM

vpb: Moderate Republican? Is there such a thing?


They exist but are very rare creatures.
 
2012-04-02 12:41:15 PM

DamnYankees: Bloody William: It might be good, but I'm worried it'll be the same overindulgent garbage Studio 60 was. Sorkin's great when he's on, but sometimes he gets too focused on the preachiness and forgets about actually entertaining.

The problem with Studio 60 was that the indulgent pretentiousness didn't fit the premise. Hopefully this premise will allow for it a little more.


And it was what made The West Wing so good. Sam, or Josh or Toby would go off on some rant and it made sense. They had important jobs doing important things. Writing a sketch comedy show, or doing NBA highlights just isn't that big a deal.
 
2012-04-02 12:41:20 PM

DamnYankees: I'm annoyed they made the news anchor a "moderate Republican", which really seems like either a network note, or Sorkin outsmarting himself.


I may be wrong, but I understood it to be that the anchor character will be played by moderate Republican Jeff Daniels.

Anyway, I'll give this a shot. Sorkin, HBO, Daniels. Worth a look.


/I liked Studio 60
//it's not Sports Night
 
2012-04-02 12:45:52 PM

vpb: Moderate Republican? Is there such a thing?


He wants to outlaw abortion, but isn't going to bomb an abortion clinic.

That's a moderate Republican.
 
2012-04-02 12:52:52 PM

propasaurus: I may be wrong, but I understood it to be that the anchor character will be played by moderate Republican Jeff Daniels.


How does it matter what Jeff Daniels is in real life?
 
2012-04-02 12:57:23 PM
I want to note how absolutely fantastic the supporting cast of this show looks to be - Allison Pill, Emily Mortiner, Sam Waterston, Dev Patel. Absolutely fantastic.
 
2012-04-02 01:26:14 PM

DamnYankees: propasaurus: I may be wrong, but I understood it to be that the anchor character will be played by moderate Republican Jeff Daniels.

How does it matter what Jeff Daniels is in real life?


A) everything matters.
B) you're right, I misread TFA
 
2012-04-02 01:34:52 PM

GAT_00: He wants to outlaw abortion, but isn't going to bomb an abortion clinic.


Um, no. A moderate Republican would want there to be less government involvement in a person's life.
 
2012-04-02 01:40:22 PM
Needs more Bradley Whitford.
 
2012-04-02 01:56:51 PM

GAT_00: I'm willing to give this a shot. Still have to watch Studio 60 some day.


Don't waste your time.

Studio 60 was a huge swing & miss for Sorkin.

It was basically 30 Rock, except pretentious and unfunny.
 
2012-04-02 02:00:11 PM

dramboxf: GAT_00: He wants to outlaw abortion, but isn't going to bomb an abortion clinic.

Um, no. A moderate Republican would want there to be less government involvement in a person's life.


I think your national party is acting in ways counter to how you understand it should be operating.

There's a reason a lot of lifelong Republicans started voting D or I this last election...
 
2012-04-02 02:01:42 PM

DamnYankees: I'm annoyed they made the news anchor a "moderate Republican", which really seems like either a network note, or Sorkin outsmarting himself.


"moderate republicans" don't exist on TV today so there's a whole lot less outrage risk since no one will take offense personally.
 
2012-04-02 02:04:59 PM

vpb: Moderate Republican? Is there such a thing?


Well, I guess it's more believable than having a talking dinosaur character.....
 
2012-04-02 02:06:13 PM

coinspinner: Needs more Bradley Whitford.


The world needs more Bradley Whitford.
 
2012-04-02 02:07:47 PM
Moderate Republican. Isn't that more commonly known as a Democrat?
 
2012-04-02 02:08:25 PM
1) Mrs. Herbie555 and I will watch the shiat out of this.

2) Why the hell did we have to link to an article about farking Olbermann in order to see the trailer and have this thread?
 
2012-04-02 02:09:06 PM

dramboxf: GAT_00: He wants to outlaw abortion, but isn't going to bomb an abortion clinic.

Um, no. A moderate Republican would want there to be less government involvement in a person's life.


i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-04-02 02:21:48 PM
offtopichut.com

There is no way this is Sorkin, there wasn't one hallway in that trailer
 
2012-04-02 02:24:17 PM
An new Aaron Sorkin show on HBO called Newsroom?

*rolls eyes*

Yeah, right you're not gonna fool me again and I suppose Firefly is coming back too?

*checks date*

*clicks link*

Sweeeeeet! I'm so there!

/Also like Studio 60.
//WW > SN > S60
 
2012-04-02 02:28:53 PM
A not An

*hits self over head with rubber tennis shoe*

Caffeine, it's a good thing.
 
2012-04-02 02:29:26 PM
Recently rewatched Studio 60 on netflix. It is watchable, and I really think it could have found its legs by season 2.

It wasn't (nor would it have likely become) as good as West Wing, but I wish it had had another season.

Very excited for this.

/kind of makes me regret getting rid of cable
 
2012-04-02 02:29:39 PM

JimmyFartpants: GAT_00: I'm willing to give this a shot. Still have to watch Studio 60 some day.

Don't waste your time.

Studio 60 was a huge swing & miss for Sorkin.

It was basically 30 Rock, except pretentious and unfunny.


Well, it made sense.

Sports Night was a show about a sports show, but not about sports.

Studio 60 was a show about a comedy show, but not funny.
 
2012-04-02 02:29:52 PM
Wonder how many episodes will feature a The Pirates of Penzance reference?

/Sportsnight was overrated
//Studio 60 was a disaster
 
2012-04-02 02:31:26 PM

dramboxf: GAT_00: He wants to outlaw abortion, but isn't going to bomb an abortion clinic.

Um, no. A moderate Republican would want there to be less government involvement in a person's life.


That's adorable.
 
2012-04-02 02:33:30 PM
Looks interesting, but can't compare to this:
www.cbc.ca
 
2012-04-02 02:45:43 PM
When I saw the trailer last night, I thought they were going to call it Network like the 1976 movie. The Newsroom is pretty 'meh'.

Moderate Republican my ass. Unless, in this goal-posts-moved-so-far-a-Kenyan-marathon-runner-can-barely-reach-them world, a Kenyan-born president that can make bongos fart is a moderate republican by the pre-goal-posts-moved world goal posts.

//GOAL POSTS 2012
 
2012-04-02 02:47:43 PM
Olivia Munn? Is she still pretending to be an actress?

Looks like a pretty god show except for some no-talent, attention whore stinking up the screen.

/not a sharp knees problem, she just farking sucks at acting
 
2012-04-02 02:47:53 PM

dramboxf: GAT_00: He wants to outlaw abortion, but isn't going to bomb an abortion clinic.

Um, no. A moderate Republican would want there to be less government involvement in a person's life.


No, a moderate Republican still "says" less government, a libertarian these days actually believes it. And no one would actually put into place - that's crazy talk.
 
2012-04-02 02:56:20 PM
Now is definitely the time for an angrier West Wing, and I like that it's being told in the context of someone in the media telling the truth being considered unbelievable.

That said, poor execution kills many a good idea, no matter how timely it is. I'll definitely give it a chance, though.
 
2012-04-02 02:58:12 PM
I have a hard time believing people actually liked Studio 60 or Sportsnight and aren't just huge Sorkin fans who were giving him a free pass. I love WW as much at the next person (I have all four seasons on DVD) but Studio 60 was self important crap and Sportsnight had a freaking laugh track for christ's sake.
 
2012-04-02 03:01:55 PM

imontheinternet: Now is definitely the time for an angrier West Wing, and I like that it's being told in the context of someone in the media telling the truth being considered unbelievable.


I agree. Let's discuss this further while we walk together through a maize of hallways exchanging witty banter.
 
2012-04-02 03:08:47 PM

someonelse: imontheinternet: Now is definitely the time for an angrier West Wing, and I like that it's being told in the context of someone in the media telling the truth being considered unbelievable.

I agree. Let's discuss this further while we walk together through a maize of hallways exchanging witty banter.


Didn't Law and Order and even Star Trek to a lesser extent do the brisk-walk-dialogue thing decades before and leading up to the West Wing? Why is the West Wing seen as having invented this? Was there some stupid making-of or Dateline fluff piece on Sorkin that claimed as much and now everyone repeats it as gospel?
 
2012-04-02 03:09:47 PM
FFS, the -character- is a moderate Republican. He even says so: "I only seem liberal because I believe hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure, not gay marriage."

Or maybe I only caught that line because it's either a stretch or completely wrong depending on what he meant... hurricanes are areas of -low- barometric pressure... but perhaps you can say they are "caused" by high pressure as the high pressure is heading towards the low? Hmmm. Regardless, it'd be a cleaner line as, "because I believe hurricanes are areas of low barometric pressure, not god's tears over gay marriage" or something.

/ looks good... we'll see
// didn't hate Studio 60
 
2012-04-02 03:12:41 PM
Looks good...

Damn, I might have to support a show with Olivia Munn on it. Fark, can't she just quit this shiat and get into porn already?
 
2012-04-02 03:12:45 PM
I don't think I've seen any of Sorkin's other work.. dunno. I usually like my fiction a bit more removed from reality.
 
2012-04-02 03:15:11 PM

cameroncrazy1984: There's no way it'll be better than SportsNight, but I'm hoping.


It could start by not having a sex worker as a recurring character.

/Yeah, SportsNight and West Wing, I'm talking to you.
 
2012-04-02 03:15:18 PM

DamnYankees: I'm annoyed they made the news anchor a "moderate Republican", which really seems like either a network note, or Sorkin outsmarting himself.


Why? It accurately reflects the center right slant of our mainstream news. barring Fox who actually believes Huricanes are caused by gay marriage.
 
2012-04-02 03:18:58 PM

FooDog: "moderate republicans" don't exist on TV today so there's a whole lot less outrage risk since no one will take offense personally.


It's like Balki from "Perfect Strangers."
 
2012-04-02 03:19:50 PM

someonelse: imontheinternet: Now is definitely the time for an angrier West Wing, and I like that it's being told in the context of someone in the media telling the truth being considered unbelievable.

I agree. Let's discuss this further while we walk together through a maize of hallways exchanging witty banter.


www.cherrycrestfarm.com

/hot like popmaize
 
2012-04-02 03:21:45 PM

Fear the Clam: cameroncrazy1984: There's no way it'll be better than SportsNight, but I'm hoping.

It could start by not having a sex worker as a recurring character.

/Yeah, SportsNight and West Wing, I'm talking to you.


To be fair, Paula Marshall is pretty damn hot. And Jeremy was a dumbass.
 
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