'The Newsroom' receives mixed reviews

Some like it, some don't. Aaron Sorkin's return to television receives lukewarm welcome.

Published 9:15 AM, June 26, 2012
Updated 1:05 PM, June 26, 2012

THE PROBLEMATIC WILL McAVOY played by Jeff Daniels. Screen grab from YouTube

THE PROBLEMATIC WILL McAVOY played by Jeff Daniels. Screen grab from YouTube

WASHINGTON, United States of America - With the fresh ending of "Game of Thrones" season 2, HBO begins another series; this time about something many a journalist may (or may not) relate with: "The Newsroom."

The drama series is about cable news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and their boss Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston).

Newsroom staff Jim Harper (John Gallagher), Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn) and Neal Sampat (Dev Patel, "Slumdog Millionaire") also play important parts in the story about the team's quixotic mission to present news amid challenges — commercial, corporate and personal.

The original series' pilot episode that aired in the US on June 24 at 10 PM, was, of course, watched and reviewed by people from real-life newsrooms. Their reviews are mixed.

Dan Rather, in the review he wrote for Gawker.com, said the pilot episode “got it right,” did not “overtalk it” and did not try to be “preachy.”

He writes: “There is a battle for the soul of the craft that goes on daily now in virtually every newsroom in the country...It centers on whether news reporting is to be considered and practiced — to any significant degree, even a little — as a public service, in the public interest, or is to exist solely as just another money-making operation for owners of news outlets.”

In support of Rather's review, Piers Morgan tweeted: "Great review of #thenewsroom by @DanRatherReport for @Gawker - he's right, sneering print critics don't quite get it:gaw.kr/KXeVqG"

The New Yorker disagrees. In Emily Nussbaum's June 25 review, she wrote, "'The Newsroom' sounded more promising, journalism being a natural habitat for blowhards. But so far the series lacks the squirmy vigor of 'Studio 60,' particularly since Sorkin saps the drama with an odd structural choice..."

Here's a trailer of "The Newsroom":

In a review published by The Huffington Post on June 23, HuffPost TV's Maureen Ryan, called Sorkin's return to television "a dramatically inert, infuriating mess." - Rappler.com

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