I’ve been in love with Aaron Sorkin’s writing since the first episode I watched of Studio 60 which led me to watch the whole show, then The West Wing and Sports Night afterwards. I even watched The Social Network just because he wrote it but I believe his talents are put to better use writing TV shows. So it’s completely natural that I wanted to check out his new HBO show called The Newsroom. I love how Aaron Sorkin’ themes are always about behind-the-scenes stuff. He shows us little worlds most of us will never get the chance to get a glimpse into.
And he had me, from the moment Will McAvoy starts to explain to the college girl why the US is NOT the best country in the world. He sends of a stream of reasons, words put together, forming sentences and I knew immediately, this is why I love his writing. Sorkin is simply a genius when I comes to putting words together into sentences. 8 minutes in I knew I’d love this show.
Then Emily Mortimer walked in and I thought I didn’t like her because I only ever saw her on 30 Rock but boy was I wrong. She is perfect for the role of Mackenzie MacHale, the new EP for Wills news show. Along with her adorable accents she brings in a woman that can stand up to Will which is what every good show needs. Two characters who stand eye to eye when the fight for what they think is right.
I won’t recap this episode in regards to content, you should just watch it, the 1 hour and 13 minutes will breeze by with witty dialogue and a quick pace that is astounding. I’ve been drawn to quick shows since I started watching Gilmore Girls and it amazes me that people can get words out of their mouths so fast.
There are so many things happening all at once during this episode and it’s amazing, it produces an energy and you feel the world is a better place because this show is in it. It’s the same feeling I had after I watched the pilot of the West Wing.
I hope that The Newsroom can live up to its fantastic pilot episode and that it will bring many more of these great hours of television to me and the rest of the world.
I would love to gush on about how much I adore Aaron Sorkin and his writing abilities but I have to leave for a performance soon so I’ll have to leave you with this incomplete assessment of his new show. Just go and watch it, you won’t be sorry!