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I love Newsroom and Bullies made me LOL (many times). I watch the new
episodes on Sunday and then watch the same episode whenever I can
during the week. What else is there to watch? Reruns of Newsroom are
better than anything on network TV. What other show even mentions the
unrest in Egypt or the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords or the nuclear
meltdown in Japan.
I have seen some criticism of the show. It is not a documentary. It is not meant to fix everything wrong with the media. It is a drama with wonderful, quirky characters, talented actors, intelligent writing and HILARIOUS moments.
Newsroom is awesome entertainment.
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With his life in turmoil and his inability to sleep, which is showing
on his on-air performance, Will goes back to his psychiatrist. The
latter is now dead and the practice has been taken over by his 29 year
This show, as usual, deals with ethical problems and how the team has to be careful, especially when something has been said to them which is supposed to be off the record.
It is interesting how the situation is resolved. Let us say that thank the Lord for language problems, especially when two words sound nearly the same
Will, Jeff Daniels, besides being highly intelligent, always comes right to the point. His sarcasm is really a way out of his frustration. He is quite cunning and has biting sarcastic humor.
Sam Waterston has his moment with a reporter he suspends. Haven't heard him ever use that language, though it was appropriate.
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Gosh, this show, episode to episode, covers so much ground. Suffering
from insomnia, McAvoy needs a sleeping aid, and goes to a psychiatrist
(the son of his former psychiatrist who had since died), not expecting
to share so many details of his life over the past few days. McAvoy has
received a death threat after a recent unfortunate interview with a
Santorum aid (he's black and gay). McAvoy's intent is to "encourage"
the aid, Sutton Hall (Damon Gupton), to admit Santorum's in the wrong,
but it is the way he goes about the interview that is clearly wrong. It
is bullying. Hall, however, equips himself with integrity and class,
addressing McAvoy's tactics and rough interview style of him by not
throwing Santorum under the bus (both are advocates against abortion,
and Hall considers Santorum a good man he believes can be President of
the United States), although he does admit that the two don't agree on
all issues. It was a diatribe of McAvoy regarding Santorum's rhetoric
about how gay marriage would be a detriment to traditional,
heterosexual marriage, not to mention his views on homosexuality in
general. Trying to break Hall, however, places McAvoy under an unsavory
light. He admits that he was a bully. During McAvoy's psychiatric
session with Dr. Jack Habib (David Krumholtz), Will must relive the
past days (and how his abusive childhood with an alcoholic father has
left its scars), particularly holding onto the wedding ring that he
planned to give to MacKenzie (showing her) and perhaps giving some bad
advice to Sloan (she was asked by Don to be the broadcaster of the
10:00 show) about her flawed interview style during her economic show
early in the afternoon.
The Sloan subplot is given a lot of storyline as she (fluent in Japanese) is requested to interview a Japanese friend she's known from the past for a long time (he's a spokesman for a nuclear company in Japan) in regards to the possible reactor threat: the levels possibly going from four-to-five-to-seven, with her using off-the-record information on air, spurning the rage of Charlie, especially when she speaks in Japanese to him, with an interpreter who speaks for him in English, as Sloan understands her shifty withholding of details, during the interview on the broadcast. Charlie and Sloan's shouting match in the newsroom, as well as, Don's attempts to assuage their argument provide some major melodramatic sparks. How Charlie finds a way to address the situation where Sloan holds on to her job and helps out the Japanese friend she led to possible dishonor (he hands in a resignation as a result of the interview) in the process flies in the face of the truth McAvoy's news team hold so dear. Terry Crews, as McAvoy's security thanks to the death threat, provides some good humor to augment a lot of drama involving heightened emotions and ill-advised mistakes during the episode. I haven't come across an even mediocre episode yet with this series: there's always a moment of superb acting or a profound/thought-provoking bit of dialogue/conversation (and sublime character development) that makes each episode so richly rewarding.
Aaron Sorkin is a fantastic writer who on his day can be brilliant and
tell stories that are a joy.
Sadly he is also guilty at times of being preachy and for writing paper thin characters who he forces us to like.
This episode of The Newsroom features both of those things. It is so full of its own self importance at times that you don't even care about Sloan as she goes through a story that was meant to make us warm to her since he had only been in the background up to this point. However instead she goes on and on, ignoring advice that you almost want there to be more Will and Mac, which is ironic because the episode is meant to be a breather from that.
Sorry Mr Sorkin, you lost me on this one.
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