Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: The Newsroom

The scuttlebutt in the screenwriting world is that the best writers in Hollywood are migrating to television, and now I know it's true. Aaron Sorkin's written a show called "The News Room," and I'm taking a break from watching it on HBO online to say that this is definitely one of the absolutely best hours of writing I've ever watched move across a screen.

That's not entirely accurate, though, because while I did pause for a moment to start this post, I couldn't finish it. I had to go back. Because not only is it really, really well written television, it is also the only episode of anything that I've ever thought - while watching it - that I have got to watch it again. Like, soon.

Aaron Sorkin, for those who don't know, is the hardworking genius motherfool behind A FEW GOOD MEN, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, MONEYBALL, and a bunch of episodes of THE WEST WING. Screenwriters don't get enough attention, but this guy deserves it. This show deserves it. Tight, tight, tight and bright.

There's definitely some harsh language in there, so if that's not your thing... well, grow a pair and watch it, anyways. I've never before seen a drama I cared about so deeply and instantly.

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NOTE: One of the nice things about being Aaron Sorkin is that it can't have been too hard for him to sign on an epic cast. Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, and Sam Waterston are the most recognizable and are perfect in their roles, but props to everyone involved and even a shout-out to Jesse Eisenberg for the (I think) uncredited voice-cameo at 61 minutes. Boo-yah!

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