If you haven’t seen The Newsroom on HBO, you’re missing out on what is arguably the best show on television. The acting, writing and character development are all superb. If the first four episodes are any indication of what’s to come, then I’d say the rest of the season should be fantastic.
Ever since I saw Jeff Daniels in the HBO film Cheaters, I knew he was a great dramatic actor. However, most people from my generation know him simply as Harry from Dumb and Dumber. Thankfully, his new role as a cable news anchor, Will McAvoy, provides him with ample opportunity to shine; and shine he does. Jeff Daniels ability to emote such a wide spectrum of characteristics with aplomb is astounding. I sincerely hope he’s nominated for an EMMY, and wins, because he deserves it.
Aside from the Jeff Daniels, the rest of the cast turns in excellent performances as well, especially Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer and Alison Pill. Their top-notch acting, and Aaron Sorkin’s amazing writing, allows viewers to become emotionally invested in the characters.
The show has been renewed for a second season, and I can see why. Each episode is set against major news events from the past few years, while weaving in fascinating story arcs about interpersonal relationships between key characters. Furthermore, Sorkin’s face-paced, witty dialogue breathes life into every scene and keeps the audience glued to the screen in rapture.
But don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself. For your viewing pleasure, below you’ll find the opening scene from the first episode of the season. Watch it and let me know what you think.