Posted By Rachel AdlerAs a huge fan of The West Wing
, I was so excited for Aaron Sorkin’s latest television drama The Newsroom
to premiere. The Newsroom
is exciting because it portrays an industry I understand and live in every day, I am a publicist, and my job is to make sure my clients are in the news. The show gives the viewer an inside look at how the media works, and how the minds of the people we pitch operate. For an hour every Sunday night, I feel like I am a part of the inner workings of the ACN newsroom.Each episode takes us back in time to a familiar place, based around major news events from the recent past, so we feel like we are there with the characters. I remember watching oil flow into the Gulf on my TV screen and thinking to myself, “What can I do?” I remember where I was when the world found out Osama bin Laden was dead, and for the first time in a while there was a palpable feeling of patriotism.The storylines focus on such historic moments like the Casey Anthony trial, the riots in Egypt, or Congress raising the debt ceiling, are emotion-provoking issues for everyone – an event that touched your life in one way or another.
I thoroughly enjoy the show, and can’t wait for the season finale, however I would have preferred if the narrative was loosely based around major issues. Call me an Aaron Sorkin junkie, but I think he got it right with The West Wing, even though the events were “made up,” they were relevant and completely plausible for the time. Each episode left the viewer wanting more and you never knew what was going to happen next. Either way I look forward to the finale of The Newsroom to find out if Will McAvoy and Mackenzie McHale will be able to pull of their experiment to transform television news with “News Night 2.0” or will ACN pull the plug.
Do you like the premise of The Newsroom?