West Wing magician Aaron Sorkin’s latest political-media-combo drama The Newsroom on HBO is entering its third season not only with the foreknowledge that it’s the final season, but also that it’s not going to be the whole thing as planned – it’s going to be cut by a third, from 9 to 6 episodes.
Get used to it, there will only be six more episodes of the most promising—and most disappointing—Sorkin series ever.
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The reason is simple: stinky ratings. Young folks didn’t go near it because it wasn’t about body parts, pierced, penetrated, whatever; old folks kinda’ had enough of the pontification that accompanied every freaking episode, breaking the most important rule: show it, don’t say it.
Still, I will miss it, because I love the Sorkin brand of dialog and his take on politics almost as much as I do David Mamet’s.
So, how about if I’ll spoil the coming season for you? Well, the Interweb did it to me, so I’m entitled to pass it forward, aren’t I?
The Newsroom team, headed by Jeff Daniels as the anti-establishment Republican who acts like such a Democrat it’s ridiculous Will McAvoy, will be investigating story that in the end will put them in a strange place, and then it’ll be over. Something like that. Sorkin will make sure they go out with a bang.
By the way, I just watched Snowpiercer, and if you’re an Alison Pill fan (she plays intern-turned production assistant Maggie Jordan on Newsroom) – you should know she is fantastic as a pregnant teacher on the futuristic train to Dystopia who shoots the rebels with a submachine gun, whooo… I fell in love.