The Newsroom “Because We Decided To” Review


Tonight HBO premiered their latest syndicated drama, but is this Aaron Sorkin led romp worth your time?  Read on to find out.

Official description from HBO:

In the series premiere, cable-news anchor Will McAvoy gets a new executive producer, a staff overhaul, and a breaking-news challenge.

The Newsroom chronicles the rise of good cable news journalism, if that’s even possible.  I’ll be the first to admit that this is a series that flirts the line between intelligent and extremely corny but thanks to entertaining dialogue and competent acting, this pilot maintains a strong enough footing to make this series worth a look.

This show is without a doubt the brain child of Aaron Sorkin, who seeks to use HBO to point out that that there has been a steep decline in the quality of anchored journalism in this country.  Whether you agree or disagree with that statement it doesn’t matter, the people behind the show do and they work hard to drive that point home.  There’s no getting around it, this show is preachy.  But it’s done in a well-written and well acted way that makes it almost excusable.

The cast is led brilliantly by Jeff Daniels, who offers viewers a strong and engaging performance as cable-news anchor Will McAvoy.  Other highlights include performances by Emily Morimer as his etranged love interest and Alison Pill as his accidental assistant.  The Newsroom has a robust cast that tries its best to sell the material the script shovels and for the most part they succeed.  I just wish the story would have avoided some of the well written but nevertheless bloated conversations that made this pilot unnecessarily long.

At the end of the day The Newsroom is without a doubt a show that carries a mostly intelligent conversation with an eager to please attitude.  Sure, there are moments where it stumbles but it succeeds enough to warrant some attention.  This latest HBO drama comes recommended.

3.5/5