My Simplistic Review of HBO’s The Newsroom

11 Jul

I love HBO original programming.

The current schedule HBO is offering is incredible.

First you have Boardwalk Empire which originally I only tuned in to see Steve Buscemi, but ended up being hooked on the show. It is about prohibition in Atlantic City at the turn of the century. (The 1900s, not the 2000s!)

*Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire

Then there’s Veep with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It’s a bit talky for me, but as a teenager I had a crush on Julia when she was on Saturday Night Live. As with all Louis-Dreyfus stuff it’s awkward funny.

*Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

Girls is another show. It’s really quirky. You have to stick with it a little while to get into it. It is only a half hour long, so I watched it while waiting for True Blood to come back on the air.

*Lena Dunham in Girls

And of course, Game of Thrones. If your not watching this show, you should be, but you have to start at the beginning…don’t be doing that watch one episode in the middle of season 3 thing and then declare it was the stupidest thing ever.

The only complaint I have on Game of Thrones is I can’t keep track of anyone’s names. The cast, as I have it, consists of: the midget, the queen, the little girl, her sister, the stupid boy king, the midget’s friend, the cripple, the dragon girl who used to get naked a lot but now doesn’t, the scar face man, the gay king…there’s more, but I think you see where I’m going with this…

*A monster from Game of Thrones

So now there is The Newsroom. It’s about a cable TV network’s newsroom.

The End.

No, just joking. It has Jeff Daniels in it, playing the same character he played in Dumb and Dumber.

Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber

No, just joking again. He is playing an asshole news anchor who is more worried about his likability with the audience then his likability with anyone or anything else.

*Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom

The show was created by Aaron Sorkin, so you know there is going to be lots of dialogue and lots of people walking and talking in tight corridors. (A la West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip)

There are some supporting characters as well: his ex-girlfriend now producer, another producer, a up and coming producer, a producer who left, an Indian guy, and a really hot chick that sits in the background a lot and only says one or two things in a single show.

It’s pretty good so far, but they do talk a lot of politics…and I’m just not into politics that much, so I’m not sure exactly what they are talking about. But I do like Jeff Daniel’s asshole character which fills a void that House M.D. left when it went of the air.

*Apparently in all HBO promo shots, the actors have to have the same far-off stare look.


3 Responses to “My Simplistic Review of HBO’s The Newsroom”

  1. Christopher De Voss July 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM #

    Me too. And if I had boobs. They had Bobby Monahan (spelling? Too lazy to look it up) on the last episode, which I thought was super cool ’cause I’m an SNL fan.

  2. chelsea July 15, 2012 at 9:54 AM #

    I can’t put my finger on why I like The Newsroom either, but there’s something about it that keeps me intrigued! Girls is another show I’ve started to warm up to, even though I don’t share your love for Hannah; her frumpiness bugs me. Nevertheless, there’s no doubt that HBO is killing it these days with good TV series! I’m happy I have my Hopper DVR box that is equipped with enough recording space to keep up, since it seems HBO can’t stop whipping out great series after great series. Boardwalk Empire is another one I’m going to have to start recording. I haven’t been keeping up, but some Dish coworkers of mine raved about it each week and can’t wait for the third season to premiere this fall, so I’ll have to find the time to catch up!

    • Christopher De Voss July 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM #

      You’ll definitely have to catch up. Season 2 ended with a huge shocker in my eyes…although after watching many a HBO series I should have learned that….

      *hint of spolier alert*

      No one is safe!

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