Review: Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama, The Newsroom, is tonally all over the place
Today's 8 p.m. newscast hardly seems a worthy battleground for Sorkin to fight the good fight Photo illustration by Christopher Wayne

As MacKenzie McHale, the executive producer of the fictitious prime-time cable program “News Night”—whose motley staff is the focus of The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin’s new series for HBO—Emily Mortimer is made to declaim all sorts of lines that stake her out as the conscience of the show, and, it may be intuited, the articulator of Sorkin’s ideals. Lines like “We don’t do ‘good television’—we do the news!” and “That studio is a courtroom—and we only call expert witnesses!” To her star anchorman, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), she delivers passionate pep talks about “reclaiming journalism as an honorable profession,” imploring him to “Be the integrity!”

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