I’ve been watching HBO’s latest new series for the 2012 season, The Newsroom. It stars stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortmer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Olivia Munn and Sam Waterston. The show is from Aaron Sorkin.
The official synopsis of The Newsroom looks like this: “A news anchor has found a safe niche with his cable show, “News Night”, but his life is stirred up when he is forced to work with a new team of colleagues.”
The show is based around news anchor Will McAvoy (Daniels) and his hard-nosed approach to how he tackles the news. In the background events take place that have put McAvoy in a high tension situation where he’s constantly fighting for his job. Even from the owner of his own broadcast netwrok.
In the mean time, we learn how a hard-hitting but honest news anchor gets the job done. We see how the media approaches their jobs and the impacts their actions have. At least from this show’s perspective. We also see how important viewer ratings can be to a show and how it impacts the show.
The show takes place in the near past and they use some pretty big events from the news, to write their stories around.
These are just tips of the iceberg from the many stories that come out of this show.
The stories are backed up by some pretty impressive character relationships and how deep these relationships go and how they affect each other. We see how hard-nosed McAvoy can be to get the job done… and every time I turn this show on, I find myself frozen in space and time as I get riveted to each and every episode I come across.
And I haven’t been watching every single episode, and still, you don’t need to see each one to keep up to speed with the background stories.
There’s only two episodes left of the season, (sorry about this late piece) but I think it would be worth it to play catch up on The Newsroom on your VoD or HBO Online.