I’ll keep this one short and to the point. I am a huge movie fan, and by the transitive property a huge HBO fan. A couple of years ago HBO came out with the series The Newsroom and I latched on pretty quickly. Disclaimer: I’m not a TV critic, and my taste (however awesome) may not align with yours.
For those of you who don’t know, the plot focuses on a fictional news group called Atlantis Cable News (ACN) and its core reporting staff. The show’s plot line revolves around the lives of these people, and many of the major events that have happened in the last decade. The show has several elements that keep me interested and that I think set it apart from other shows on TV.
Puns, double entendres, and subtle references abound. Other than in stand-up comedy or shows presented by the likes of Stephen Colbert, or John Oliver there is no other show on TV that makes keen references, and bad jokes the way that The Newsroom does. That aspect of the writing gives the characters a friendly and funny depth that I love.
Then, the show’s writing calls you back to a time where the news was about things that mattered. With the newsgroup that the plot follows at ACN, there is no frivolous reporting about kittens in trees or celebrities (I don’t ever feel like I need to keep up with the Kardashians). They report the information that the public needs to know to make informed opinions, and that’s it. Like I said it’s a little idealistic, but I think it’s a great concept.
I hope this has sparked your interest a little bit. Some advice though, don’t get into it before finals!Meet Ian