Aaron Sorkin

‘The Newsroom’: Love It or Leave It, It’s Back

Posted on 07/12/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThere was a moment in last season’s finale of HBO’s The Newsroom when Will McAvoy, the bombastic TV anchorman played by Jeff Daniels, shot forward on his hospital bed and bellowed to a co-worker “I don’t think I’m coming back!” He was talking about his return from a drug-induced bleeding ulcer to the cable newscast over which he presides, but weary viewers, impatient with the preachy prattle that passed for the first season of Aaron Sorkin’s Treatise on the State …

Good TV This Week: ‘The Newsroom’s’ Mixed Reactions

Posted on 06/24/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAfter viewing the pilot and several subsequent episodes, I found Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” to be full of brilliance — inspiring, funny and wonderfully acted.  But the show,  premiering tonight (6/24) on HBO, has taken a critical drubbing from coast to coast, accused of such ills as being “intellectually self-serving” (Time) and “crammed with incessant gibber-jabber” (The Washington Post).   Well. I liked that Sorkin got on his soap box when he wrote “The Newsroom.”  When a gifted writer with something …