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    August 28, 2012


    INTRO: The first episode of Green Tea Movie!! Watches TVs Too will try to catch your attention to this HBO drama that has got plenty of good raves from the critics and from my constant Twitter updates. The first episode will coincide with the season finale of The Newsroom, a highly acclaimed drama written and created by Aaron Sorkin, whose works include The West Wing, The Social Network and Moneyball. This episode will summarizes the first season of The Newsroom which ended with a finale yesterday in the United States.

    The Newsroom chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (CAN) from the provocative views of the entire crew. The crew consists of news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), executive producer Mackenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), producer James Harper (Noah Gallagher Jr.), associate producer Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill), Don Keefer (Thomas Sadoski), blogger and news scanner Neal Sampat (Dev Patel), economist Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn) and news division president Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston).

    From left: Will McAvoy, Neal Sampat, Charlie Skinner and Mackenzie
    McHale in one of the episodes looking at the death threat comments
    Will received
    The story begins on the pilot episode when Will McAvoy returned from a forced vacation to find his staffs have jumped ship for another show including his executive producer Don Keefer. With most of his staffs gone, Charlie Skinner assigned several new team members who were brought on board during his absence that include his ex-lover Mackenzie. Confrontations, conflicts and plenty of personal entanglement arose from their first assignment. But when they got the job done on exposing and the extensive coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the crew embodied a new spirit that will defy any personal interest.


    The plot for The Newsroom is exclusively written by Aaron Sorkin and it is clear that most of his signature marks are all around. Just like plenty of other Sorkin’s works, The Newsroom is an effective television shows that plays out an equally brilliant storytelling that stuns many movie productions to the shame. Sorkin created his own version of news broadcast by incorporating real factual news events (often the controversial one) into the fictional personal dramas revolving the ensemble cast. While many have failed to produce a high-quality product from such marriage, Sorkin did it exceptionally. The Newsroom is lucky to have a set of functional direction, characters that we do care for and sensibility for the high quality production.

    Producer Jim Harper ghastly watching one of the News Night
    program Will McAvoy anchoring
    The story over the next ten episodes never dissociates from one another but it always makes its way by going up and forward. With fast-paced storytelling, ingenious mixed-bag of timelines, smart dialogue that really drips in the wholesome of the show, The Newsroom is an official badge of honor that rectifies the accuracy and excellency of the real journalism and news network that could put real life networks into shame. The Newsroom is a revisionist and constantly pushes for greater senses.

    The story does not drag so pitifully like many television shows and it occasionally rewards its audience with some contentious answers on the spot with pretty much of driving energy. The only problem is that The Newsroom offers a lot of over-the-top political slant and some morally questionable issues may or may not represent news network accurately. Otherwise, this is a very quality production and I love since its day one.

    E01 We Just Decided To (Pilot) Date: 24 June
    News: Deepwater Horizon oil spill
    Rating: A-

    E02 News Night 2.0 Date: 1 July
    News: Arizona Senate Bill 1070
    Rating: B+

    E03 The 112th Congress Date: 8 July
    News: Mid-Term Election
    Rating: A-

    E04 I’ll Try To Fix You Date: 15 July
    News: News we missed in 2010
    Rating: A+

    E05 Amen Date: 22 July
    News: Riots leading to ejection of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and protest in Wisconsin 2011
    Rating: A-

    E06 Bullies Date: 29 July
    News: Fukushima nuclear crisis
    Rating: A-

    E07 5/1 Date: 5 August
    News: Death of Osama bin Laden
    Rating: A

    E08 The Blackout Part 1 - Tragedy Porn Date: 12 August
    News: Caylee Anthony’s murder trial and Anthony Weiner sexting scandal
    Rating: A+

    E09 The Blackout Part 2 – Mock Debate Date: 19 August
    News: Caylee Anthony’s murder trial, Anthony Weiner sexting scandal and GOP Primaries debate 2011
    Rating: A-

    E10 The Greater Fool Date: 26 August
    News: US Debt ceiling crisis and Tea Party movement
    Rating: A+

    Overall Rating: A
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