'The Newsroom' ends with a weird yet entertaining finale
“The Newsroom” ends with a weird yet entertaining finale
"It was pretentious, it was patronizing,” says Kevin Fallon. "It was elitist and smug. And it was fun to watch. Some critics accuse (Aaron) Sorkin of those things, as if it’s not a self-aware decision to write characters that way, or make those statements. They say the show is those things as if they are insults. But watch The Newsroom through a lens where it is expected to be pretentious and patronizing, and knows that it is, and it not just fulfills its mission, it’s highly entertaining.” PLUS: Did Aaron Sorkin forget how to write a TV show?, it was downright pleasant showcasing a stellar cast, Sorkin has used the same title — “What Kind of Day Has It Been?” — on 4 different shows, and the finale was a great end to a show that never was.
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Brian Williams signs a “long-term deal” with NBC
The “NBC Nightly News” anchor will stay at his job for “at least” five years, earning $10 million a year.
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Fox is developing a hidden camera/scripted family comedy from “Drawn Together” creators
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Sony execs slam “Boondocks” creator Aaron McGruder in new hacked e-mails
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Spelman College suspends the Cosby professorship in wake of rape allegations
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"Conan” unveils a supercut of Season 4
“Four minutes and fifty-three seconds of glorious mayhem.”
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