Jeff Daniels, who won Outstanding Lead actor in a Drama Series Sunday night for his performance in HBO's The Newsroom, will indeed be placing his new Emmy statue next to AARP's Movies for Grownups Award, which he won for the 2005 movie The Squid and the Whale. The genial TV and movie actor, who lives with wife Kathleen in Chelsea, Mich., had some fun in the backstage media room after his win, playing off his onstage acceptance speech in which he said the only award he'd ever won was from AARP - a "golden Barcalounger."
After 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.
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