The Worst TV Shows of 2012 from The Fien Print
HitFix's Daniel Fienberg counts down the Bottom 10 of 2012
No. 7 - 'The Newsroom'
Many shows on TV were technically worse than "The Newsroom" in 2012, but it's possible that no show was more infuriating than Aaron Sorkin's return to the small screen after "Social Network" and "Moneyball" made him the belle of the big screen ball. How, we wondered, did Aaron Sorkin become the first person to make Olivia Munn look like a bona fide star, while simultaneously making talented pros like Emily Mortimer and Alison Pill look like stumbling, bumbling, awkward fools? How did he channel such gratifying righteous indignation through Sam Waterston, while so often leaving Jeff Daniels' main character sounding like a sanctimonious prat? Why was it that the time-delayed structure served to make all of his characters seem so darned prescient and ahead-of-the-curve when it came to the morals and ethics of journalism, but they still approached email and blogs and twitter like time travelers from the French Revolution? For everything "Newroom" did right, it seemed to do a half-dozen things wrong, which became even worse when the "right" things were long stretches of pristine Sorkin dialogue or a powerful guest performance or a well-timed musical cue. There was a ridiculous and unsupportable idea that critics came out WANTING to hate "Newsroom." That's too stupid for words. I know I personally wanted to love it. I just wish it weren't so darned hard.
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