The Newsroom

BATD ON Jul 06, 2012 AT 9:39 am

Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom

Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom

By Chrissy Iley

It’s been a while since I stayed up through the night unable to not watch a next episode. Last night was The Newsroom night. It’s an amazing HBO/Sky Atlantic series that I hope will run forever.

Complicated relationships, complicated news and the ethics of how to present it – popularity and reality TV versus truth – all inextricably linked by the writing of the masterful Aaron Sorkin.

Sorkin was the writer of The West Wing and the Oscar winning The Social Network. The Newsroom is better than both.

Jeff Daniels is compelling as the gruff, tortured presenter who has had a thwarted explosive relationship with newswoman/producer Emily Mortimer. It also stars Dev Patel being nerdy and brilliant, Alison Pill is the intern who gets promoted to assistant producer in a love triangle with two senior producers, one calculating abrasive bad boy, the other sincere self-conscious, clever. Jane Fonda is the boss of it all. She’s scheming, matriarchal, ruthless and at her fiery best.

It’s clever, funny, compelling, and the best writing on television. If you haven’t seen it you must.

The Newsroom starts July 10th on Sky Atlantic in the UK

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