#thenewsroom S01E01 – “We just decided to”
The series is set behind the scenes at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) and centers around anchor Will, new executive producer Mackenzie MacHale, newsroom staff Jim, Maggie, Sloan, Neal, Don, and their boss Charlie Skinner
In the aftermath of his public breakdown, acclaimed news anchor Will McAvoy returns to his job to find that most of his staff are leaving and his new executive producer is his ex-girlfriend, McKenzie MacHale and when some breaking news about a potentially disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico hits the network, the staff faces a new challenge.
I never watched Sports Night or The West Wing, but I did watch Studio 60. I’m not big on politics or journalism, but I absolutely loved this show. Some of the stuff they said goes totally over my head, because I’m from England and cause of the previous statements I made. But from the off, with the cold open, I was pretty much hooked. I have had enough of people pandering to try and get public adoration, and when Will started his diatribe about America I instantly liked the show, he followed it up with a ‘rousing speech’ which I kinda felt as well.
There are going to be some comparisons to Studio 60. Both are producing ‘live shows’ and each episode is seemingly the build up to the live shows. Both have most of the people leaving (in Studio 60 it’s the writers room, here it’s the News Room). Both have a charismatic lead and the person behind them pushing them to be great.
Linking this into the real life events also made the episode good, with the BP oil disaster only starting off as a ‘yellow’ but them running with it, trying to be the first with the story, not allowing what the backlash worry them.
I’ve been really excited for this to come around, and it didn’t disappoint. Aaron Sorkin has even made me want to maybe learn about current affairs and not just popular culture (I said maybe though)