First of all, I’d like to go ahead and give myself a great warm welcome to The Hazean. I’ll be writing here regularly, so you may as well get used to the signature acrid tone and biting sarcasm. Enough of that though, I’ve got some important instructions that I fully expect to be followed through with. Now then.
Close your doors, find a nice, peaceful spot to lay down, and begin to weep. Don’t question the irrational instructions being thrown at you. Just please, do as I say, then one day you’ll think back and retroactively approve of what I’m telling you.
The Newsroom will, according to HBO, not be renewed for a fourth season, meaning that this upcoming season, the show’s third, will also double as its final season. The series is, by all accounts, and especially by the one that matters (mine), an absolute triumph of modern television. Blending equal parts West Wing, The Office, and 24, The Newsroom is relentlessly fascinating and compelling to the point of exhaustion.
A stellar ensemble cast and sharp-as-a-tack dialogue make this not only one of the more overlooked series that HBO has to offer, but one of the more underrated shows of the decade, period. Jeff Daniels, who joins Steve Buscemi and Bryan Cranston as the latest to pull off the screwball-to-hardass transition, shines bright as surprisingly emotionally complex news anchor Will McAvoy. Like Cranston in particular, who made the jump from Malcolm in the Middle to Breaking Bad look so easy a caveman could do it, Daniels charmed audiences alongside Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber before beating out Cranston for an Emmy as the fast-talking, abrasive, heartbroken McAvoy. His fellow cast members play each character exactly as they should, with equal parts enthusiasm and restraint. The characters each manage to captivate at times, as creator Aaron Sorkin breathes life into each individual in a way only he can.
The writing, done primarily by West Wing creator Sorkin, is some of the most original I’ve seen in my day. Dialogue is snappy, witty, and never fails to make me laugh. In particular, the conversations betweenMcAvoy and former love interest and current producer McKenzie McHale strike me as particularly humorous. The timeline of the series is interesting, as each episode is set just a few years prior to its actual release. In this way, a significant event, that would be and has been covered by major news networks is able to be discussed in depth, and its broadcast is ultimately dissected in depth. Major events focused on by certain episodes include the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the capture of Osama Bin Laden, and the 2012 presidential election.
I believe I’ve given plenty enough reasons for you to become a regular viewer of the show, just in time for its final season kickoff on June 13th. But that isn’t the point. This entire post has really only been a way for me to complete the healing process, to finish my final stages of mourning for the loss of a dear friend. It’ll be hard, but I suppose I’ll have to make do with the rest of the garbage they’re airing these days.
I’ll miss you, Newsroom.