Yesterday Mr. Beale and I re-watched the entire first season of HBO’s The Newsroom in preparation for the season debut last night. And it took me a while but I finally figured out what annoys me about this show.
All the characters are the same. They all talk the same, they all have the same quirks, they’re all hipster nerds, and so they’re all almost 100% identical.
This is the problem with having just one writer. I find a little of Aaron Sorkin’s rapid-fire, glib dialogue goes a long way. I didn’t like it on the West Wing, but I don’t remember every single character being that way, either. But all of The Newsroom’s characters talk using that glib, hyper-intellectual, rapid-fire patter, and I find it really insufferable.
So, that’s my big beef with The Newsroom.
Also, I find it annoying that I’m having to relive all of the political battles from a year ago, only this time we have a real national cable news channel that people actually watch asking the hard questions. In real life we don’t have that thing that would be wonderful to have, so stop reminding me how “a real news network” would have handled the X, Y, Z affair. They don’t exist.
Also, I really don’t care if Maggie and Jim get together. Maybe that’s me being an old married person or something, but young people’s romantic lives is really not that interesting to me.
I think Sorkin needs to work with another writer to put some daylight between his characters. They can’t all have the same hyper-intellectual speech patterns. That’s just not normal.
Incidentally, Mr. Sorkin, I hear there’s a writer in Nashville, Tennessee available for hire. And did I mention how much I admired your work on The Farnsworth Invention?