Final season of Newsroom serves as worthy goodbye to beloved show
HBO’s The Newsroom has certainly been a refreshing and unique show that is finally coming to an end after two short years.
Aaron Sorkin’s TV drama, centered around a famous newscaster and his new, idealistic team of journalists, is currently halfway through its final season.
Jeff Daniels stars as Will McAvoy, a renowned and self-assured news anchor who has come to the news network ACN to work with a new staff. Their goal is to report the news in a way that has no dependency on ratings or bias toward a certain audience.
Along with Daniels, in the first two seasons, are his executive producer and ex-girlfriend Mackenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), his eccentric and entertaining boss Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterson), and other notable actors and actresses including Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, and Jane Fonda.
As the show progresses, the news team deals with real life news stories, such as the Bin Laden killing and the Boston Marathon Bombing, while facing ethical and moral decisions in journalism and life.
The show has certainly been a classic Sorkin presentation in its quickly moving conversation and wit, and, of course, the broader themes about right and wrong and remaining idealistic. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish The Newsroom as a comedy or a drama.
Today, much of the media has been infiltrated by biased reporting, social media and a focus on profit, rather than the basic duties of journalists.
The Newsroom has been a breath of fresh air to watch over the last few seasons. Although at some points, it does seem like Sorkin overstates his theme of truthful and hard-hitting news and looks down on any opposing ideas.
The final season has started with major revelations in a very captivating way. The humor and passion of each episode is still prevalent and moves along well enough to keep an audience’s interest for an hour. The performance by Jeff Daniels, especially, shows just how diverse of an actor he is, as he is probably better known for the Dumb and Dumber movies.
As the last few episodes of The Newsroom transpire, Sorkin will have a challenge in summing up his message for the audience. Beyond the end of this series, I will always remember The Newsroom as a rare and delightful breed of television.