Hello Mr Sorkin. I’ve now watched the first four episodes of your new show The Newsroom. The short version of my opinion is….
Really? That’s the best you got?
Here’s the long version.
I have been a fan of damn near everything you do – I even loved Studio 60, much to the chagrin of friends. But The Newsroom is…..boring.
Were expectations too high? Maybe so but we’ve come to expect brilliance from you. You set the bar so high, maybe not even you can get over it. But with The Newsroom, it’s like you’re not even trying. Or more accurately, you’re not writing to the promise of the show.
Episode four is a perfect example. Of the 60 minutes of the show, it felt like 45-50 minutes of it were dedicated to “relationship issues”. Quite frankly, this early in a show’s run? WE DON’T CARE….
To be more specific, you haven’t made us care about these characters. Your lead female, supposedly a hardened journalist, turns into a shrill puddle of jello for no apparent reason. Your male lead has no redeeming features other than relentlessness. And, for some reason, he has a completely different speaking cadence when he is on air – very distracting.
Your secondary characters are simplistic and one dimensional. It’s as if it’s being written by a student of Screenwriting 101 – and not even a good student at that.
We expect too much from you. But you’ve delivered more than we expected time and time again. What we don’t expect from you is stilted, poorly written TV. We don’t expect characters to act as if they are in a bad daytime soap opera. Actors that couldn’t be stiffer and more ill at ease than if they were delivering their lines naked.
We expect more. We want more. We want you to succeed. Television needs you to succeed. We need more smart, smartly written, “Sorkinesque” TV shows. We want your show to live up to its promise. Only you can save The Newsroom. Please do.