TV Tuesday: Sorkin redux

I know I have the wrong audience here for this topic. As witnessed here. Crickets. And I know I don’t have too much of an audience to begin with. In fact, even using the word ‘audience’ is something I should probably never do.

That said, and with the risk that I may lose the few readers and Spam-ites I do have (including my own mother), I can’t stop myself from posting this quote from an article in last year’s New Yorker that made me laugh out loud. It’s about The Newsroom.

Sorkin’s shows are the type that people who never watch TV are always claiming are better than anything else on TV.”

I know there’s always someone out there to back up whatever position you need support for, but this one quote really made me smile. It didn’t hurt that the author called Parks and Rec, a personal fave, “the one excellent political series on tv.”

Anyway, Newsroom fans, I hope we can still be friends.

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9 Responses to “TV Tuesday: Sorkin redux”


  1. 1 satcla September 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Hahahahahaha- well, we are most certainly still friends! You aren’t getting rid of me that easily. 😉

    I do watch The Newsroom but I do not think it’s the greatest show on television.

    That being said:

    This one’s for you. 🙂

  2. 2 Sara September 11, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Seeing this made me try to remember why I was thinking of Aaron Sorkin the other day, so I had to do a quick google (I believe it was because I had forgotten he wrote A Few Good Men). According to Wikipedia, he’s dating Kristin Davis???? That seems…. icky for some reason.

    Anyway.

    Still love WW. 🙂 But never saw Newsroom.

  3. 3 kateandgracie September 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I don’t love WW the way other people do, but I do find it kinda fun to watch. And I really like all of the actors. And I looooooooooooooooooooooooooove AFGM. I know people can be harsh on that one, but I could watch it every day. Every. Day. Tom Cruise doing a Jack Nicholson impression? Every. Day.

    Yeah, that does sound icky! I’m with you.

    Gotta watch the video above. I imagine I’ll enjoy it. In the meantime, thanks for still being friends, friends.

  4. 5 kateandgracie September 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    OMG. I’m laughing so hard. That. Is. Hilarious.

  5. 6 kateandgracie September 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Ok, I just watched The Funny or Die thing and I gotta say, I’m only so so on it.

    Here’s the thing: I don’t think The Newsroom is smart. Quite the contrary. And I don’t think that it’s condescending to Tea Partiers. I mean, maybe it is. But I think it’s condescending to progressives and leftists. It makes a case for being leftist by being assholes and smug and chauvinistic. It doesn’t feel human to me. It feels cold. And the Funny or Die’s idea that “we need The Newsroom” because “we’re a country that can’t name a single Supreme Court justice but we can name every contestant on the Bachelorette” is exactly the type of “zinger” that I find so tiresome about The Newsroom. Guess what? I like reality tv and I can name every Supreme Court justice! But that’s not my point. My point is that I don’t think the writing on The Newsroom is good. I think it’s stale. I think the plots are stale. As The New Yorker article pointed out, all of the stories The Newsroom uncovers are actually stories that have already been covered by actual journalists. So all Sorkin seems to be doing is getting up on a soapbox and talking really quickly about how the Koch brothers suck. Yeah, I saw that show already.

    And don’t get me wrong. I love zingers and feeling good about my politics and country as much as the next guy. Maybe more. But I don’t think The Newsroom offers that. I think it offers piss-poor female characters, white men whining about “the good old days” and recycled stories from the actual news.

  6. 7 Kristin September 12, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Loved West Wing. Everything about it. I have some friends at work who literally talk about it at least once a day, and that is, frankly, annoying. I don’t love it that much. But The Newsroom? Three episodes and I was out. Emily Mortimer alone – what a horrendous use of someone I think is a pretty solid actress. Ugh. I could go on.

    The best thing I’ve seen lately is Veep. J L-D is GENIUS, as are the supporting players. So good.

    The end. 🙂

  7. 8 kateandgracie September 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep is the best! I. Love. Veep.

    And I love Emily Mortimer, too.

  8. 9 Mary September 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Dropped Newsroom from my schedule. But loved West Wing.


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