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    The Legend of Korra episodes are up on nick.com.

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    It's got potential. If you're an Aaron Sorkin fan, you'll enjoy it. It's pretty standard fare for him. Preachy with a few too many monologues but still somewhat entertaining and thought provoking while unabashedly remaining as liberal psuedo-porn.

    I liked Jeff Daniels immensely. After reading the ESPN book, it seems like his character is pretty clearly based on Keith Olbermann. Genius but generally an insufferable dick. But so far he's pulled it off without me hating him which is commendable. I thought his performance seemed fake in the beginning but by the end of the pilot he had totally redeemed himself.

    I hated the British girl. I can't think of any other way to say it. Hopefully she improves.

    As a pilot, it has succeeded because I'll keep watching.
    I was the exact opposite about Emily Mortimer. I found her somewhat mesmerizing. It's nice to see a strong female character. One could argue she's the strongest character on the show. Jeff Daniels is the talent, but she's got a better grasp of the big picture, in life and professionally. The fact that I find her oddly, very attractive doesn't hurt.

    I thought it started kinda slow. Part of the was based on my knowledge of how Sorkin works and style-wise, it didn't feel like him. The second half was the Sorkin I've come to know. I'm a biased fan of his run on sentences and rapid fire delivery. And I inwardly laughed when one of the characters started one of Sorkin's patented self rightous monologues......and I loved it. I thought it was a nice wink-wink moment when Daniels responded to one of the speech by basically saying, "yeah, whatever." I thought it was a nice little gesture from Sorkin acknowledging how he does that with his characters and showing how he knows a thinking person wouldn't simply succumb to grandstanding speeches.

    Entertainment-wise, I found the ticking clock feeling as they went with the breaking story truly exciting. When the show was over, my wife and I literally clapped out loud and laughed at ourselves. We've found a new hour long show in which we can't wait to see each week.

    Now the character I'm trying not to hate is the young girl. I'm trying to go with the fact that she's supposed to be really naive, but at what point is naivety stupidity and cluelessness? I can not wait for Olivia Munn to show up next week. I think I'm gonna really, really like this show.
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    The fact that I find her oddly, very attractive doesn't hurt.
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    I watched the pilot last night, and I enjoyed it well enough. This is my first time watching an Aaron Sorkin show (wasn't really aware of him before seeing The Social Network).

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    I watched the pilot last night, and I enjoyed it well enough. This is my first time watching an Aaron Sorkin show (wasn't really aware of him before seeing The Social Network).
    The West Wing and Sports Night are both great series. I don't know which I liked better.

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    I'll say this much, the show makes me feel a little dumb; I had some trouble keeping up with it all / keeping everything straight. It hits you fast and with a lot. At least that's how it feels to me. I'm trying to digest what was just said or just happened and before I can finish processing it something else happens.

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    Now the character I'm trying not to hate is the young girl. I'm trying to go with the fact that she's supposed to be really naive, but at what point is naivety stupidity and cluelessness? I can not wait for Olivia Munn to show up next week. I think I'm gonna really, really like this show.
    This (the naively stupid and clueless disgust for young people) is one thing that really infects Sorkin's work and really keeps him from being a high quality writer. Oh, and the fact that he couldn't write a real human interaction to save a character's life.

    That said, the pilot was good, certainly not great, maybe a 'B-'. It's really weird to see a true event being used as part of a fictional world, like he wasn't confident enough to make up something and just used the crutch of the audience's knowledge of the event. It's really not as compelling as if we were experiencing this news story for the first time; to be honest, it was pretty silly. (Think about how weird it is when South Park takes a couple of months to comment on something. Two years ago seems like centuries.) Ditto on the initial excrutiatingly generic monologue. I liked some of the sentimental touches that Greg Mottola brought.

    My expectations have lowered quite a bit. (The highly negative reviews from critics are somewhat unfounded, I will say. I would never expect something as good as Network.) This show feels dated and not very ambitious, especially after Veep just killed it with its deftness with respect to social media and the spreading of news. This will be much more interesting to discuss than enjoyable to watch.
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    4 episodes of the Legend of Korra. Pretty awesome so far. Looking forward to watching more today.
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    I really liked Newsroom. Sure it had all of Sorkin's storytelling traits some great, some not so great, but I was thoroughly entertained.

    Anyone else think Sam Waterston is miscast. He tends to speak in a halting way and it seemed to me that he was trying to speak as Sorkin wanted and it came across distracting to me. Plus his character just seemd really off. I know he is supposed to be playing a drunk of sorts, but his character was the only one that didn't h8it the mark.

    I will watch the show for sure.

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    Personally, I think it's great the show is placed in the past and in our real world. Makes it much more interesting to me. Especially when you compare to how the news actually handled the Deepwater Horizon story.

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    Personally, I think it's great the show is placed in the past and in our real world. Makes it much more interesting to me. Especially when you compare to how the news actually handled the Deepwater Horizon story.
    That was one of my bigger problems with the show. It seemed like Sorkin was criticizing the real media for not reacting fast enough to the oil spill. Yet, the only way to make it remotely believable that the ACN crew would have the knowledge of how big a story the leak was going to be was to make it so a producer just happens to have both his college roommate and sister high up in BP and Halliburton respectively.

    It's ridiculous. Of course the real news outlets focused on the missing people rather than the oil spill at the time it happened. It's easy to say in hindsight that the spill was the bigger story but in real time, without conveniently placed fictional sources, they've got to go with what they know.
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    Personally, I think it's great the show is placed in the past and in our real world.
    I'm sorry, that newcast was not from the real world. Learning in two hours from one person's friend and sister and another person's science fair project what the New Orleans Times-Picayune took weeks to uncover and fact-check? Having not just a douchey Haliburton guy who Jeff Daniels can emasculate, but Jesse Eisenberg as the scared, stupid, little engineer who's is just totally fine with embarassing himself in front of hundreds of thousands? The very laziest network shows would probably try something like this (see: all hacking montages), but it's reasonable to expect some effort or balance from Sorkin on this. Though compelling dramatically, the sequence was laughably juveline and fantastical. It reads like a teenager yelling at a bunch of kindergartens, "See, Santa's not real. It's just your parents. STUPID!"

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    That was one of my bigger problems with the show. It seemed like Sorkin was criticizing the real media for not reacting fast enough to the oil spill. Yet, the only way to make it remotely believable that the ACN crew would have the knowledge of how big a story the leak was going to be was to make it so a producer just happens to have both his college roommate and sister high up in BP and Halliburton respectively.

    It's ridiculous. Of course the real news outlets focused on the missing people rather than the oil spill at the time it happened. It's easy to say in hindsight that the spill was the bigger story but in real time, without conveniently placed fictional sources, they've got to go with what they know.
    This is where I'm at on the real story/fictional universe question; there's no tension is a gambler keeps winning every hand and never gets kicked out of the casino.

    I'm waiting for someone to photoshop Sorkin's head onto Captain Hindsight.
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    Cannot wait until Episodes Sunday night

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    Louie and Wilfred season premieres (though Wilfred had a preview episode already...) - TV is back to being awesome again. No other show has the grounded surrealism that Louie has (The new Yankee Stadium!). Wilfred is kind of close though, with its odd combination of baseness and mysterious mythology. A great back-to-back that hopefully lasts for years to come.

    Awkward - Not sure if I am physically able to watch a show about high school on MTV. (Seriously, they do the scroll bar on the bottom that tells us what Foster the People song is about to play. Holy ****.) Then again, I watched all of Veronica Mars so I'll continue to give it a chance. There's some potential.

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    I didn't enjoy the second episode of Newsroom as much as the first. Found myself looking at the clock thinking when is this episode over.
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    I didn't enjoy the second episode of Newsroom as much as the first. Found myself looking at the clock thinking when it this episode over.
    I was the same way. It didn't keep me engaged. I really liked the payoff last 10 minutes, but I felt like the previous 30 minutes or whatever, wasn't quite worth the payoff.
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    I was the same way. It didn't keep me engaged. I really liked the payoff last 10 minutes, but I felt like the previous 30 minutes or whatever, wasn't quite worth the payoff.
    Maybe 58 minutes or so are too many for Sorkin. The 43 minutes or so he got on network TV maybe was better for him.

    I am not giving up yet, but if episode 2 is the norm, then I might give up watching.

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    I can't help but like The Newsroom just because I enjoy a good hard left Sorkin diatribe, but it's because I realize it's just because we agree a lot politically. You can play the main character as an old school David Frum/Dick Lugar style Republican as much as you want, but it doesn't excuse you from just strictly attacking the right on...everything. It's like reading a well put together DailyKos piece and agreeing with the general outline but before I can even get half way through it I can't ignore that voice in the back of my head telling me, "ok, that's not a fair argument and you know it."

    It honestly just isn't a very good television show. The female characters are downright laughable as human beings, the "love stories" do nothing but distract and kill the pace. I do like it, if for no other reason than that I can see a LOT of actual media types watching it, regardless where they fall on the political spectrum, and saying "yeah...we're all pretty much just BS." But not because it's actually anything resembling a balanced attack on the structure of media, I'm left as left gets and even I realize MSNBC and ThinkProgress and MoveOn and etc etc aren't in it for a balanced well reasoned logical discourse, just to push an agenda. Sorkin says that but, so far anyway, paints it as only the right doing it, which is just completely stupid and wrong. You can argue about who does it more, sure, I guess, but they all very clearly do it.

    It's just disappointing really. It's only three episodes in so there's time to correct, but I'm left bitter.

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    For some reason I'm really enjoying the Newsroom. I see all the flaws and I still enjoy it for some reason dunno why.

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    I'm still watching Falling Skies and still having some issues with it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the 'earthlings' have never figured out what the aliens want have they? I think that would be a major part of the resistances goal- Learn (try and figure out) what the aliens are actually after. And then once you know why they are here then your strategy can be adjusted accordingly. Clearly, they won't be defeated on technical terms so you have to make their reason for being here costly.

    It's things like this that makes me wonder if the show really has a tight framework for the writers to write towards, of if they are leaving things ambiguous so they can change course at a moment's notice if they want.

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    For some reason I'm really enjoying the Newsroom. I see all the flaws and I still enjoy it for some reason dunno why.
    Because it's Sorkin. For all the up front in your face preachiness it's still pretty well written dialog (most of the time).

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    I haven't read this yet, cause I recorded last nite's episode and haven't watched it yet, but you guys may like Dan Rather's take on Newsroom.
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    I just watched the 2nd episode of Newsroom. I honestly thought it was terrible this go around. I'll watch the 3rd episode sometime this week but if it stays where it is I can't see this show staying in my rotation.
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    It's funny I was getting ready to come on here & make a big post about newsroom only to have read virtually thought for thought post from Heisenberg on the subject.

    I don't want to make this a political post and yes I am fully aware that since this is being done on HBO & hollywood types in general that I should fully expect the ideology to be expressed as such.

    I guess I just wasn't quite expecting it to be so blatant and up front. I mean episode # 3 was just nothing but an all out attack.

    Also from a totally different point of view I also agree that the romantic aspects of this show are very distracting and do nothing to advance the show at all.


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    FYI, I haven't been watching Newsroom, but Alan Sepinwall has actually said that the 4th episode is where things really get ridiculous from a preaching standpoint. Just a warning.
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