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Aaron Sorkin

A Great Speech About Why America Isn't Great Anymore (But Can Be Again)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.09.2012 | TV
Carla Seaquist

For those of us heartsick over the moral state of things in this country, this is pure catnip.

Will McAvoy's Rules -- And Ours

Howard Fineman | Posted 09.08.2012 | Media
Howard Fineman

Yes, it is unrealistic and predictable. It is preachy and takes place in a galaxy long ago and far away. In other words, it is a fairy tale. Well, fairy tales are meant to inspire and instruct, and The Newsroom manages to do both in a mostly entertaining way.

Alison Pill Talks Learning 'Sorkinese'

Posted 07.06.2012 | TV

Aaron Sorkin employs some interesting techniques when it comes to having his cast learn their fast-paced lines -- just ask star of "The Newsroom" (Sun...

Were We Great?

Noah Baron | Posted 09.04.2012 | Home
Noah Baron

Sorkin paints a view of American history that goes beyond even deeply flawed: it's downright fictional.

Can We Reinvent TV News (Please)?

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 09.02.2012 | Media
Jeff Jarvis

Let's not rely on Sorkin to reinvent TV news. But let's reinvent it, please.

'The Newsroom' Gets Renewed (Whether You Like It Or Not)

Posted 09.01.2012 | TV

HBO has renewed "The Newsroom" for a second season, shortly after the second episode of the debut season aired. Aaron Sorkin's return to TV has rec...

'The Newsroom's' Female Trouble

Maureen Ryan | Posted 07.02.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

It's hard to know what's most infuriating: that MacKenzie is written as though she hasn't even heard of a war zone or that she's presented as alternately hysterical and incompetent.

'The Newsroom' Recap: It Doesn't Get Better

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 07.02.2012 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

I worried that I'd been too cynical and too hard on the show. But the second episode, "Newsnight 2.0," did not do much to bolster my hopes for "The Newsroom."

5 Ways Parenting is Like The Newsroom

Liz Kozak | Posted 08.31.2012 | Parents
Liz Kozak

The news never stops, and neither does parenting. Disaster can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone.

Taking the Shame Out of Opinion Journalism

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 08.28.2012 | Media
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Expressing opinion in journalism isn't a fault in itself. But the veiling of that opinion behind a supposedly right vs. wrong debate of ever-increasing decibels, over-simplifications and extreme biases is.

Why Does Louis C.K. Hate-Watch Aaron Sorkin?

Posted 06.28.2012 | Comedy

During an appearance on "The B.S. Report" podcast, Louis C.K. told host Bill Simmons that the television show he ever loved watching the most was also...

The Newsroom Is a Loaded Fantasy, But It Should Get Us Talking

Mark Lashley | Posted 08.28.2012 | TV
Mark Lashley

It's possible that the problem with The Newsroom is a mistaken ordering of its priorities. It's presented as, "Come for the political polemic, stay for the high-stakes workplace drama," rather than the other way around.

'The Newsroom' and CNN

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.28.2012 | Media
Joe Peyronnin

The program, which was filled with smart dialogue, internal conflict and self-righteousness, was a bit misleading about what happens behind the scenes at a cable news network.

Aaron Sorkin's Next TV Show: Guy on Street Corner Yelling Things

Spencer Green | Posted 08.26.2012 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Emmy and Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin has announced his latest small-screen enterprise, a show titled Guy on Street Corner Yelling Things, in which a guy yells about various topics for the duration of each episode's five-hour running time.

Hey Media Snarks: Sorkin Has a Point

Howard Fineman | Posted 08.26.2012 | Media
Howard Fineman

The Newsroom is a paint-by-numbers Sorkin effort, given a frisson of media interest and buzz only because the workplace this time is the media itself. Nothing gets us going like someone we don't like preaching to us about our shortcomings.

The Newsroom: Aaron Sorkin's Love Letter to TV News

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 08.25.2012 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

The Newsroom tells the story of the collision between the way television journalism was and what journalism has become.

In Defense of Smart

Eve Simon | Posted 08.26.2012 | Home
Eve Simon

After watching the pilot of Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama The Newsroom, I'm not at all surprised that people have been beating on it like some alien weed they're hell bent on destroying. The show is just too smart.

The Newsroom Fantasy-Journalism Is What They Want

Mike Hegedus | Posted 07.09.2012 | Media
Mike Hegedus

When Sorkin's characters wax poetic about the responsibility of news people and the importance of journalism, now you can just smile and ask yourself, 'Would Jeff Daniels character do what he's doing for $162.50 a week and would you watch it for your own good?'

'The Newsroom': The Musical?

Posted 06.26.2012 | TV

They may be cutthroat journalists, but Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and Jim Harper (John Gallagher Jr.) have another skill to exercise on "The Newsroom....

Not Enough News in The Newsroom

Brian Rooney | Posted 08.25.2012 | TV
Brian Rooney

They make cruel but funny jokes about the latest dead celebrity. And they are not sentimental because they've heard and seen too much. Unlike in The Newsroom, the job they do is not accompanied by a gauzy sound track of emotional music. They want the truth.

'The Newsroom' Premiere Posts Solid Ratings

Posted 06.25.2012 | TV

The premiere episode of Aaron Sorkin's HBO cable news drama "The Newsroom" debuted to solid ratings Sunday night, as 2.1 million viewers tuned in to t...

14 Similarities Between 'The Newsroom' & Other Sorkin Shows

Vulture | Posted 06.25.2012 | TV

Aaron Sorkin loves righteous indignation. His characters embrace an unusual level of echolalia. His shows contain blonde, straight female characters w...

Dan Rather Praises 'The Newsroom'

Posted 06.25.2012 | TV

Dan Rather isn't a TV critic, but he is an experienced newsman, and in a new Gawker column, he's come out in praise of HBO and Aaron Sorkin's latest d...

My Love Letter to Aaron Sorkin

Ilene Angel | Posted 08.25.2012 | Entertainment
Ilene Angel

I sat down to watch The Newsroom, full of hopeful anticipation that this fictitious show would somehow artfully articulate the eight kinds of crazy we all witness everyday on the real cable news networks. And my hope was fulfilled.

Who Else Loved 'The Newsroom'?

Denette Wilford | Posted 08.25.2012 | TV
Denette Wilford

"The Newsroom," for the most part, has been reamed by critics. So, naturally, I dug it. Don't get me wrong, there are some parts that are maddening and frustrating, for sure, but there's nothing like it on television and Sorkin's words have clearly been missed on the small screen.