The Newsroom (premiere)

{5/5} “We stood up for what was right, we fought for moral reasons, we passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbours, we put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest. We built great, big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men, aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it. It didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed.”

The Newsroom premiere, aired in 2012

I’m talking about the new 2012 TV series, not the one from 1996 (which is also a great show).

Will is a popular TV news anchor. While being interviewed on a college campus, a student asks why America is the greatest country in the world. Will decides to tell the truth as he sees it — it’s not (I’ve quoted part of his answer above). When he goes on vacation, most of his staff disappears. His boss hires him a new executive producer who comes with her own staff — Mackenzie, who happens to be Will’s ex-girlfriend. Mackenzie did something not-so-nice to Will in the past but now she wants to make his news show the best.

The show takes place in 2010, and the first episode takes place on the day of the BP oil spill. The team gets lucky with some sources who give them the scoop before anyone else knows how big the story is. It shows the work that goes on behind the scenes — perhaps in a time-compressed manner, but that’s pretty much inevitable for an hour-long show.

It’s thoughtful, interesting, different, and exciting — I absolutely loved it.

Jeff Daniels (Pleasantville) stars as Will and Emily Mortimer (Lars and the Real Girl) as Mackenzie. John Gallagher, Jr. (Whatever Works), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) play various people that work for them, and Sam Waterston (the TV show Law & Order) plays the boss.

I love the majestic theme music from Thomas Newman (WALL-E).

The series was created by Aaron Sorkin (the TV show The West Wing).

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