I would read the phone book if Aaron Sorkin wrote it. In fact, I’m sure the phone book could be improved with snappy dialogue best consumed when walking quickly from one place to another. No one uses the phone book anymore anyway, so why ISN’T Sorkin writing it is the real question.
I’m not sure why The Newsroom never found favor with the critics that past Sorkin series (The West Wing, SportsNight) have. I think the first cold open of the series is one of the best scenes I’ve ever seen on TV, and maybe that the rest of the series never got to that level consistently ended up sandbagging it. I’m glad it’s getting a third and final season though. Sorkin has said that he feels like he’s just figured out how to write the show, so while it’s sad that’s happening in a final season, it should be one to remember. The Newsroom returns to HBO this November.
I make no bones about it, I think Aaron Sorkin is one of (if not THE) best writers working in any medium in the last quarter century. From his play A Few Good Men, to the films (The American President, A Few Good Men, The Social Network, Charlie Wilson’s War, Moneyball, etc.), but most especially in his TV work (SportsNight, Studio 60, The West Wing and The Newsroom) he demonstrates a mastery of the English language that no other writer can so deftly wield. The Newsroom, Sorkin’s current HBO series about a disaffected news anchor becoming re-engaged with real journalism, will begin its second season July 14th. This is the second trailer released for the new season. I’m hip-deep in the blu ray for the first, and I could not recommend it more highly. It’s awesome to have Sorkin writing TV again.