Sunday, December 14, 2014

RIP The Newsroom

I just watched the final episode of "The Newsroom" on HBO.  It was astounding enough that there was a show, written by Aaron Sorkin with a cast that included Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, Jane Fonda, Marcia Gay Harden, John Gallagher Jr., Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Chris Messina, and Grace Gummer.  What was more astounding is that it only lasted 2½ seasons after never really finding its audience.

Sure, the first season had its issues, but those issues had been ironed out by start of the second season.  After that, it was a quality entertainment show about trying to produce a quality news show, and quality is becoming harder to find in today's world.

I could cite a wide range of examples to support this point, but I'd probably come off sounding like a snob, and it's not my intent to debate what each of us considers entertainment.  However, I urge you to find a way, if you haven't already, to watch the six episodes that comprise Season 3 of The Newsroom.  Don't worry about having to catch up to the previous seasons...the flashbacks at the beginning of each episode will fill you in on all you need to know.

The fact is that I've seen a lot of series' final episodes, and none was as emotionally moving and intellectually satisfying as the show I just watched.

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