Sunday, August 25, 2013

Oh, I can hardly wait to watch this tonight.

Of course the show is still attracting criticism from those who simply don't get it. Like this jerk from the Rolling Stones:

So if you take a sick pleasure in The Newsroom, it's like getting off on hearing Dylan sing about misunderstood mobsters reading Nietzsche in prison. Of course, Dylan ended up turning to Jesus, so maybe in a couple of years we'll get a Sorkin dramedy called Church Night, starring Bill Pullman as the world's most intensely well-meaning Methodist pastor. 

The best joke on The Newsroom is the idea of cable news as a symbol of lost purity. It's tough to imagine anybody looking back on the golden days of CNN and thinking, "This was our finest hour." Ah, the innocent yesteryear of Headline News, back when staring up at the airport TV monitors while getting sloshed on margaritas at Chili's meant something. 

I was going to cancel my subscription to Rolling Stone in protest, but then I remembered that I have not had a subscription since the 80's. 

I like the show, and though it is not perfect, it is still a hell of a lot of fun to watch.


  1. Anonymous5:47 AM

    Looooooove it! The American Taliban...come on, how could you not love it.

    1. Anonymous7:16 PM

      Who was the jerk from RS? Prob some critic trying to kiss RW ass.

      I love "The Newsroom" but I have to wait until to tomorrow to watch.

      Never fails to keep me on the edge of my seat.
      Except that guy who went on the Romney campaign, can someone tell him screwing up his face, making the 'boo,boo" face is not cute? I want to smack him everytime. He seems insincere.

      And where is the "Thing" with Will and the gossip columnist "going"?

      I want to see how they get out of the Genoa newscast.

      I love that show.
      I don't even get what the fool at RS was talkin' some shit! Isn't Will's character supposed to be based on Keith O? Not CNN!

  2. Boscoe6:10 AM

    Well, let's be honest, the guy does have a point. The premise of The Newsroom is pretty much science fiction.

    But I like science fiction, so who gives a shit what some snarky Rolling Stone reviewer thinks about it?

    But it does beg the question about what is next for Sorkin. Maybe an engaging, insightful dramedy about a well-meaning and deeply ethical Republican Congressman trying to make a real difference on behalf of his constituents and finding himself constantly at odds with his amoral peers?

  3. nancy6:55 AM

    I find it boring, and, dated, but, I gave it a shot.

  4. I find it boring, and, dated …

    It's only "dated" if you view it as a program about current events. From that point of view, Citizen Kane is dated.

  5. Anonymous7:53 AM

    Hey, Gryphen, any chance that you went to see Bill Maher last night? If not, any reports from people who did go?

  6. Anonymous7:58 AM

    I love "The Newsroom." I find it interesting and funny at times. It is well acted, thought provoking. It's not a bad thing to think that the people working for an entity, any entity, might have some ideals and scruples. Are we all so jaded that we assume that everyone always acts in nothing but his/her own self interest? I'm sick of the kind of cynicism this "Rolling Stone" writer is presenting. HBO's "The Newsroom" is good drama with much human interest thrown in. Maybe the "Rolling Stone" writer thinks that we are all like the cynical, conniving characters in "House of Cards" with Kevin Spacey but I don't agree.

  7. Anonymous9:09 AM

    I'm sure plenty of uptight rightwingnuts hated "The West Wing" for the same reasons.

    It was a show about an obviously liberal President, fighting the forces of evil, back when the Republicans were only half as bad as they are, now.

    I get a kick out of how they play Will as a supposed conservative...only to have him utter the best lines EVER about how freaking insane conservatives have become.

  8. Anonymous1:06 PM

    From today's LA Times

    'The Newsroom' has its critics, fans among journalists...',0,6682182.story

  9. Anita Winecooler5:33 PM

    This is one of those critics who may have caught one or two episodes, but misses the context. If HBO doesn't think it'll bring viewers, there wouldn't BE a second season.

    I'm not a religious gal, but the idea of a Sorkin dramedy called "Church Night" is something Sorkin could easily finesse.

  10. Anonymous6:31 AM

    Which jerk from the Rolling Stones? Mick? Keith?


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