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Sorkin told The New York Times he "thought it would be fun to write about a hyper-competent group of people," which he has certainly done. They're also just plain hyper; watching an episode can be like an adrenaline shot of sermonizing, sanctimony, sophistication, and jaw-dropping flights of fast-talking astuteness. Researching the show, Sorkin spent time embedded at MSNBC shadowing both Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews. He also dropped in on programs at Fox News and CNN that were the model for McAvoy and his Atlantis Broadcasting Network's show "News Night." The homework clearly informs The Newsroom's sense of verisimilitude, which is made even more realistic by the device of molding episodes about real news events of the recent past. The season unfolds from April 2010 to August 2011, so the action includes the newsroom's reporting on everything from the Gulf oil spill and the killing of Osama bin Laden to the teacher protest in Wisconsin and Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration bill. Personal politics enter the fray when the subject of the Koch brothers and the Citizens United decision come up, and there's a "News Night" uproar when the Fukushima nuclear crisis spills over into questions of ethics and personal responsibility. But for such a bunch of brilliant, zealous professionals there certainly is a lot of childish behavior, especially when it comes to everyone's love life. Biting social commentary dressed up as high-class entertainment sometimes dips into the soap opera-ish--which doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. A phone-hacking scandal that develops in the last episode will probably carry into the second season. It's also tantalizing to wonder what to expect when The Newsroom starts delving into the 2012 presidential election as seen through the lens of Aaron Sorkin's cutting pen and gift for putting lots of smart words into other people's mouths. --Ted Fry
Even smarter and more informative than "The West Wing," Sorkin does it again. One of our finest writers.Published 15 hours ago by Jeannine Grizzard
Great show - smart, funny, well-written, topical, great cast. A great peek behind the scenes on what it takes to get a news broadcast done. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Lindaras
Superb. A progressive's euphoric dream. Great writing in the lineage of West Wing. By far, Jeff Bridges best work ever.Published 1 day ago by Peter Johnson
Nice to watch a show that is engaging and still feels relevant even with the time lapse. The acting is exemplary and fully utilizes the great dialog exchanges developed by Mr. Read morePublished 1 day ago by John Riddle
Extremely well done, the banter leaves you laughing and the drama unfolding continuously leaves you guessing and wanting more.Published 1 day ago by Kevin Brown
Quick witted, quick dialogue, strong acting and script. Could not stop watching.Published 2 days ago by Alecia Collins
I've watched the first scene a dozen times on youtube and facebook. We're not the greatest country in the world.
But we used to be.