Read the title. If you expect this post to be about dragons, ponies, aliens, Batman, or anything in the scifi nerd universe, don’t read this.
As you may or may not remember, I’m a huge follower of all current events, political situations, etc. And let’s just get right down to the nitty-gritty right here and talk about my political views before I get into what this post is actually about: I’m in the middle. I decide what I believe with my head and I do not pick a party and call it a day. I agree with some liberal ideas, such as same sex marriage, and some conservative ones, such as a need for smaller government.
My political beliefs are one reason why I love HBO’s new show entitled The Newsroom. Written by the same man who wrote The West Wing (if you can remember that show), The Newsroom follows a main TV anchor and how he changes his show so it depicts the facts of a situation, gives both sides of an argument, and cuts right to the chase so that voters can be well informed. Of course he also has the help of his staff, led by an American who thinks she is British named Mackenzie (no joke, she has a British accent).
Someone who depicts the facts of a situation, or a bill, is something I miss. I hate having to dig through paragraphs of BS on news sites for someone to actually state what the facts are. I’m not stupid; I can figure out my own opinions and I don’t need the news agencies espousing theirs like they are factual and the only correct answer. The Newsroom is like a dream come true for me. Now if it were only a real news program set now, as opposed to a news program set in 2010 I would be really getting somewhere.
I like almost all of the actors (you’d probably recognize a good number). I especially love Jeff Daniels because he actually would make a good news anchor in real life. And seeing Sam Waterston (Jack McCoy from Law and Order) as an alcoholic is hysterical. If you saw Slumdog Millionaire, the main character is in it (adult version). So it’s a good cast.
However, there is one character named Maggie who pisses me off to no end. Basically, she has the cutest and smartest guy ever hitting on her and she chooses to be mean to the guy and continues to have her emotionally abusive boyfriend. Other than her being a moron, all of the other female characters and strong, smart, and know how to get things done.
So if you are interested in branching out, try out The Newsroom. Even if it’s not your cup of tea, everything in it is done so very well that you just might be able to get over all of the news-iness of it.