I’m going to level with you all: I love Aaron Sorkin, but I’m not a die-hard Aaron Sorkin fan. I enjoy Studio 60 because it’s about television, and I objectively understand and appreciate The West Wing for its contributions to dramatic television, but it is not (and probably never will be) my favorite TV show. I’ve seen… oh, maybe the first two seasons in entirety, and I’m sure someday my best friend Elspeth (who adores The West Wing with the kind of love I myself reserve for Firefly) will sit me down and encourage me to watch all seven seasons, which will be great, because I love Sorkin.
I love the way he writes, I love the walk-and-talk, I love his intelligent characters and the way you can find pieces of Sorkin himself–subtly and unsubtly–planted in everything he creates. He is, in my mind, a true artist and auteur, and he is one of the most talented American screenwriters of our time. So it is with unabashed enthusiasm that I anticipated the premier of his new HBO show The Newsroom, and it is with unabashed enthusiasm that I can say… I loved it. Most of it. 90% of it.
In light of this, I want to try a new way of reviewing television (and possibly books, but I kind of like my the good/the bad/the verdict system): “Love It” and “Leave It.” I’ll give a brief low-down of the plot, then jump right into what worked and what didn’t: in short, what I loved and what I could have done without.