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Old 06-25-12, 01:47 PM
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Absolutely loved it. Watched it back-to-back even. Good to have Sorkin back on a weekly basis.

And I guess I'm one of the few who look forward to Olivia Munn.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

OK I know nothing about Olivia Munn other than looking at her IMDB profile. Why is she so bad?
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Originally Posted by bunkaroo View Post
OK I know nothing about Olivia Munn other than looking at her IMDB profile. Why is she so bad?
Same here, wondering the same thing.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Thanks for that Youtube link, great pilot, really looking forward to it. I guess this means I'll have to get HBO.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Originally Posted by bunkaroo View Post
OK I know nothing about Olivia Munn other than looking at her IMDB profile. Why is she so bad?
She's not a very good actress, with little to no real acting experience and she comes off overly smug for what little, if any, actual talent she has.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Originally Posted by bunkaroo View Post
OK I know nothing about Olivia Munn other than looking at her IMDB profile. Why is she so bad?
Shameless pandering to the geek crowd to build a name for herself (despite not really knowing/caring about what she's shilling), then using that as a springboard to a career as an actress. Or something. I don't really care, but I've seen that sort of thing argued enough to kinda/sorta know what's going on there.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Well she'd have to do a lot to unseat my least liked actress in any Sorkin show - Thara Paulthon.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Geeks hate her, because they thought she was one of them. Go figure! (Munn)
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Originally Posted by bunkaroo View Post


I wonder though if it will all be real news stories. I can't recall if West Wing ever integrated any real events into the timeline of the show. I'm thinking we could get a mix of the two.
They did say in a earlier interview every news story they focus on is one that actually happened.

One clip did show for one episode they'll focus on the Gabrielle Gifford shooting.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Great pilot. I loved it, as expected.

And it may be both preachy and sanctimonious but as long as it's not wrong then I'm OK with it.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

I don't know why people are so hard on Munn's acting. In the credits she is wearing glasses, and thus will be wearing her big girl "i are serious" pants. In those 3.5 seconds, i really believed she was a credible and professional source of news.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Just saw it. I'm a huge Sorkin fan (except for a few chunks of Studio 60), so no surprise I loved it.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Originally Posted by windom View Post
Having Jesse Eisenberg as one of the guys being interviewed on the phone really took me out of the show.

THANK YOU! I'm usually good with voices, but I was sitting there thinking "Who the hell is that? He sounds VERY familiar!"
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

I enjoyed it. I hope the critics are wrong about the show going downhill after the pilot.

Nice to see Jeff Daniels back in a major role.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Overall, I really liked the pilot, but there were some moments that took me out of the show, like the dialogue getting a bit too cutesy or something. I don't know. There were just moments that felt like a different show. I'm also not sure what I think about them covering real events. I think the person who said they solved the BP oil spill in an hour is addressing the same problem I have. It's like hindsight news reporting. It felt weird to me and took me out of the reality of the show.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Originally Posted by Evan Meadow View Post
They did say in a earlier interview every news story they focus on is one that actually happened.

One clip did show for one episode they'll focus on the Gabrielle Gifford shooting.
I'm really looking forward to this one. I was called in at 9am that morning and sat behind the switcher directing for 10 hours straight with no commercial breaks that morning. Interested to see the parallel from how we covered it to how they will try to.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

I really hated it. It was smug, self-impressed and humorless.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Originally Posted by Throwing Copper View Post
I enjoyed it. I hope the critics are wrong about the show going downhill after the pilot.

Nice to see Jeff Daniels back in a major role.
I really enjoyed it, but I'd actually be ok if it slips a bit. I'm terrified that the Emmy voters would love to give Sorkin awards and especially because it's a political show (or even a statement on the news today) and ignore, in my opinion, the best two shows of the year:

Mad Men and Homeland.


The Munn hates seems ridiculous.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

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I really hated it. It was smug, self-impressed and humorless.
No, that was TRUE BLOOD...this was the show AFTER it.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Very interesting show. The dialog was classic Sorkin, and every actor played their role well. Jeff Daniels is great, as always. I actually found it kind of weird that they covered the oil spill. Obviously it is meant to resonate more and give the characters a sense of place... but... I don't know it's hard to put into word... the disconnect between what really happened and how it was really reported vs. what we see on this show, knowing it's not a real news station and that the stories behind the camera are fictional.

I still really enjoyed it and will continue watching, but there was a strange curtain in front of the show that made it hard to really feel totally connected with it.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Originally Posted by bunkaroo View Post
Oh and it'll be nice to have discussions about a great HBO drama that aren't littered with spoilers.
I didn't follow the Deepwater Horizon, the 2010 midterm elections, or any other news story of the past two years, so please use spoiler tags. Thanks!
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Okay looking back, what is up with Jeff Daniel's character having that good of a memory? Every statistic he rattled off, knowing every quotation that the woman tried to hit him with, as well as when he went out with the woman's dad to a baseball game and remembering everything that was said. I get that he is good at doing the news on the fly, but in terms of remembering those facts/observations, it started to get a bit into unrealistic Sherlock territory.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

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Overall, I really liked the pilot, but there were some moments that took me out of the show, like the dialogue getting a bit too cutesy or something. I don't know. There were just moments that felt like a different show. I'm also not sure what I think about them covering real events. I think the person who said they solved the BP oil spill in an hour is addressing the same problem I have. It's like hindsight news reporting. It felt weird to me and took me out of the reality of the show.
That's the whole point of the show though: How news should be reported.
Of course they were unrealistically fast but it's not going away and I doubt it's possible to enjoy the show if one can't get past it.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

Watched this earlier tonight and enjoyed it. Some of the dialogue was a little corny at times, but overall it was classic Sorkin. This is one of the few shows that you can't take all the negative reviews too seriously since it's pretty much pulling apart what those people do for a living.
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Re: The Newsroom -- New HBO Drama -- "We Just Decided To" -- 6/24/12

My biggest fear with this show was the use of "hindsight" to make people look smart or dumb. They do that in the pilot (search and rescue vs. spill impact). In the pilot this was bothering me. Seemed like lazy story telling. I enjoyed the pilot, but I couldn't get past the fact that I know the former producer is "wrong" about the story's impact. They used that as a way to make the audience dislike him, but it seems like its taking a creative shortcut to me. I don't know if I will be able to get past this plot device angle. I'll keep watching to see.

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