Monday, June 18th, 2012

Aaron Sorkin's Big Bomb

All we've heard about this show is that it's absolutely terrible, and now? "'The Newsroom' gets so bad so quickly that I found my jaw dropping."

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skahammer (#587)

There's something about Aaron Sorkin that makes commentators lose sight of all other possible goals and simply strive, as hard as they can, to prove how intellectually superior they are to him.

It's an interesting phenomenon. Sorkin isn't the only person to excite this reaction, I'm sure. Future generations will look back and be utterly baffled at how so many people could feel so nettled by these folks.

riggssm (#760)

@skahammer Right? Sorkin is preachy and sometimes recycles himself a bit too much, but so what? I'll take a Sorkin show (with his generally fine casts) over CSI Kansas City or Law & Order SWAT any day.

As for Nussbaum specifically, some of what she wrote "is intelligent; just as often, however, it’s artificial intelligence, predicated on the notion that more words equals smarter." The last quarter of her piece is tenuously-related filler. She's guilty of what she accuses Sorkin of!!

Danzig! (#5,318)

@riggssm "I'll take a Sorkin show (with his generally fine casts) over CSI Kansas City or Law & Order SWAT any day."

Why would you watch either when there are good television shows currently on the air

deepomega (#1,720)

@skahammer Sorkin somehow made a show about Saturday Night Live preachy. What do you think he'll do with a show about how Important the News Is?

@deepomega Roger that. Preachasaurus. Like a liberal South Park without the laughs.

skahammer (#587)

@deepomega "Preachy," offered as a criticism? You're reading The Awl just like I am, right?

deepomega (#1,720)

@skahammer Maybe you misunderstand. You can offer advice and criticism without being a self-aggrandizing Mary-Sue-writing no-self-awareness motherfucker. The latter would be "preachy," the former might be "servicey" maybe?

coalbaron (#11,105)

Can we get back to Wes Anderson smackdowns?

Pop Socket (#187)

If this isn't twice as bad as Studio 60, I'll be very disappointed.

Danzig! (#5,318)

Whatever you think about Aaron Sorkin, making his "behind the news" show about things that have actually happened in the recent past is the worst idea in the history of television. Actually scratch that the worst idea in the history of television was making Keith Olbermann the protagonist.

Really we knew this show was going to be bad when they revealed it started the same way Studio 60 started – with a television personality going off-script and delivering the truth they don't want you to hear. The West Wing ruined Sorkin – he can no longer write simply about passionate, hypercompetent people (ala Sportsnight, still his best thing), they now have to be heroes on a sacred mission. Everyone's either a pedagog, a fawning padawan, or a straw-man philistine

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

@Danzig! The West Wing lost all credibility with me when he started adding Jedi Knights to the Secret Service.

Danzig! (#5,318)

@Lockheed Ventura Toby probably had the highest midi-chlorian count of anyone on the show

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

He is acting as if television news matters? Is this set 15 years ago or is it based on an alternative universe like the Star Trek reboot.

Danzig! (#5,318)

@Lockheed Ventura The best thing about rewatching The West Wing is the early episode in which the White House Press Corps is presented as being a bulwark of hard news. Also the characters' unchallenged skepticism regarding the concept of "blogs". An item breaks on the internet before the next day's news is printed? What is this madness?!?

Danzig! (#5,318)

@Danzig! (actually the best thing about the West Wing is John Goodman as Newt Gingrich)

deepomega (#1,720)

@Danzig! Incontrovertible. He barely squeaked in under the wire on "needing to understand the internet" when he was doing TWW. A decade later, he's gonna have trouble.

But maybe we'll be lucky and get some great ham-handed nonsense about the Bloggington Post or whatever straw man he makes?

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