‘The Newsroom’ best show of the summer, according to JP Devine

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Jeff Daniels in “The Press Room” 2012. picture IMDb

When we hear the name Aaron Sorkin, we think of the Broadway play written by Sorkin called “A Few Good Men”.

The film version, starring Jack Nicholson, followed by winning four Oscars.

Sorkin went on to become one of America’s finest writers, a reputation that brought him to television’s “The West Wing”, with Martin Sheen as President Jed Barlett.

You probably know Sorkin for his latest work, 2021’s “Being the Ricardos” and the previous award-winning “The Trial of the Chicago 7”.

Since then, he has also rewritten and directed “To Kill A Mockingbird”, with Jeff Daniels, on Broadway in 2019.

Daniels, before “Mockingbird,” in 2012, starred in a three-season show called “The Newsroom,” starring the wonderful Emily Mortimer (“Mary Poppins Returns”), Tony Award-winning John Gallagher Jr., Olivia Munn ( “Iron Man 2”), Sam Waterston (“Law and Order”, “Grace and Frankie”).

It’s just part of an amazing cast. Did I forget to mention Jane Fonda, who plays the network’s corporate head?

Here it is again, “The Newsroom,” created and written by Sorkin and now airing on HBO, an American political television drama with the same energy as “The West Wing.” The series originally premiered on HBO on June 24, 2012, giving us 25 episodes over three seasons.

We’re glad to see that not only has the series lost none of its energy, but that it’s as shiny, polished, and current today as it was in 2012.

It stars Daniels as TV presenter Will McAvoy, who considers the super-conservative direction his party has taken in recent years to be appalling, particularly the Tea Party movement, which he calls the “American Taliban”. .

The superb, mostly young and ambitious cast includes Oscar-nominated Dev Patel of the Bollywood musical ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and the two films ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.

“Newsroom” is set in the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN), where Daniels and his team set out to report news as it happens today, including the famous Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the murder of Osama Ben Laden.

The third season features the network’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the 2013 “whistleblower” disclosures.

And now those three seasons are back, loaded with FBI-like personal entanglements, death threats, and some touchingly humorous romantic glitches, making this, in this crowded season, the best show of the summer.

It’s no surprise that former news anchor Dan Rather, who has seen the pilots for all three seasons, said, “This show has the potential to become a classic.

It is, and it’s back streaming on HBO.

JP Devine from Waterville is a former theater and film actor.

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