I really want to like The Newsroom.
I'm not saying I hate 'The Newsroom', but maybe I'm at that point in my life where I need more. I can tell you exactly what I need more of. What to do about the underlying problems with news. Network news, cable news, internet news, newspaper news and so forth.
I'm not expecting, in the pilot episode no less, to be guided by pulling my ear to the solution, however, not just a bunch of tropes that Sorkin perfected. We'll get a lot more before the show ends its run. I wanted, and still want mind you, solutions to the problems. Not social ones like the Deepwater Horizon fallout or the archaic Arizona immigration law, but what's wrong with newsrooms or the news in general and how to fix it.
If 'The West Wing' were to come out today I'd probably watch a season or two then quit. Not just because it became glorified Democrat-in-a-near-perfect universe, but because the problems it faced were unrealistic. Unrealistic? TV isn't supposed to be realistic you say. I agree.
This has more to do with people making it out to be more than what it is than Sorkin's vision, what we've seen of it so far, for the show. It's paint-by-the-numbers Sorkin. A lot of talking, some of it needless, relationship woes, romantic and otherwise, and a splash of realism to make the critics gush with enthusiasm for the project.
I don't hate Sorkin's vision, I'm just bored with it. I was excited too. But cautiously excited and after two episodes I feel like I've seen this before. On 'The West Wing'. On 'Sports Night'. On 'Studio 60'. I mean Will McAvoy is a carbon copy of Harriet Hayes. Conservatism, yay! Social conservatism, boo.
I'll probably watch 'The Newsroom' for a season then stop and that's sad because I had high hopes for this program.