Firstly, let me start by saying, I loved The West Wing. I mean, i really loved it. I’ve watched it 6 times through. I loved the cast, the writing and the story lines. It was, and still is, the benchmark by which I judge all TV shows that have come since.
The Newsroom, is terrible. The story lines are still good, mainly. But everything i loved about the west wing, is pretty much everything i dislike about The Newsroom. I like almost none of the characters, the dialogue is ridiculous, and sarcastic and quite nasty at times. Almost to a person, they are a bunch of smart alec know it alls, who love nothing more than to show how clever they, by speaking way too quickly and giving each other, in turn, meaningful stares, and exasperated stares.
They have almost no empathy, they are bordering on sociopathic narcissism. I’m not even sure sociopathic is a word, but I’m sure one of the characters will correct me if I’m wrong. I wanted to love, it, in fact, for the first few episodes, i did. But then it just began to wear me down. As in the West Wing, it is full of unresolved love affairs, nobody ever quite gets there. The story arcs are pretty much the same too. In The West Wing, we had President Bartletts MS, which he disclosed in season 1 and 2. In The Newsroom, at the moment, it’s the story that turned out to be false, and has brought ACN to it’s knees. While factually not the same, it’s the suggestion that those beyond reproach, actually turn out to be human, and/or, liars.
In The West Wing, the sitting President was Democratic, like Aaron Sorkin. And at times, the republicans were painted to be nasty, and not a little bitchy. He has fixed that with The Newsroom. The station anchor is republican. However, he takes every opportunity to lambaste the republican party. It’s okay everyone, we’ve made the main character a republican, so its okay that he attacks the party. I’m by no means a republican supporter, I’m not American for a start, but it is just plain tiresome to have it constantly rammed down your throat.
I loved the witty repartee between the characters in The West Wing, I loved the actors in the roles, they made it less irritating by their delivery of the lines. The opposite is true of The Newsroom. It’s not true that nobody likes a smart a**e, it’s just that I don’t like these ones.
I wanted so much to love it, and I suppose I feel a little bit cheated that I don’t even like it. This though, is just my personal view, and I am utterly certain that there are a huge amount of people out there who absolutely love it. I hope you enjoy the last episode when it airs, and the seasons to come. I will watch again next season, hoping it will ease off on the superiority complex and just be good TV.