Watching for the characters isn't worth it because so many of them are poorly written (mainly the women). There are forced relationships and reactions/actions that make little sense coming from what we know of the background of certain characters. How Mac survived as a war correspondent and earned 2 Peabodies(y's)(?) I will never understand based on the character we are shown. And for some reason, no matter what any character is dealing with, all roads lead to Will. If you want to base your show around one person and have everything happening involve that person, make it realistic. If you want to have an ensemble show where all characters have some minor storyline, then you can't keep bringing it back to your "main" main character. It'd be like if every single storyline in Friday Night Lights somehow involved Coach Taylor. Whenever they did bring his character into another character's issues, it made sense. Jason-Layla-Tim triangle? Coach was brought in because Jason's always seen him as a 2nd father and needed some paternal advice. It made sense. It's not like everyone on the show except Daniel's is terrible at acting. From what I've seen in a lot of their previous projects, they can all hold their own if given the good writing.
Watching for the news isn't worth it either. And I think that's what hurts Sorkin the most. He should make his own news and separate Newsroom world and "our world" completely. The news cycle is unbelievably fast. I've seen the news he's trying to cover before. Reported better, more interestingly, less preachy, less arrogantly and when it was actually relevant. I can just go back and rewatch some episodes of TDS, TCR, Maddow, AC360 etc...if I wanted to relive those moments of history. And for the most part, the monologues/reporting on those shows were less nauseatingly pompous, probably as factual and much more entertaining to watch. Some of Sorkin's news monologues can't even be compared to what has come out of Maddow, Jon Stewart (and he's a comedian), Shep Smith or even Colbert (and he's playing a character).
A lot of these problems could be fixed if he just based it on real world events and added his own twist. Because as it is, Newsroom is a 20/20 hindsight reaction to the real news. Of course Will is going to be able to say what he says and be on the mark. Of course they will make the "right" decision in the end and know when to try to wait for more facts. Because it's all already happened. The outcome is known.
I'm not even going to get into how unrealistic the "OMG WTF is technology?" attitude in a newsroom is.
The show has a lot more potential than what I'm seeing from it and it's truly disappointing. Perhaps Sorkin should have been the one to take a step back from writing and see what his writers could do. The only positive I have is that it helped keep Olivia Munn off of TDS.
Edited by maculae, Sep 21, 2012 @ 10:48 AM.