TV: The Newsroom – Episode 1 Summary + Review

“You want the real news?! You can’t handle the real news!”

(Will McAvoy breaking news, not heads..)

Airing on: Sky

Genre: Drama, Politics, Romance, Age: Adult

Released: 24th June 2012 – onwards

This drama that recently aired on Sky 1 HD in the UK, intrigued me. It wasn’t the politics, or the positive message that was supposed to be the outcome. I was more intrigued by the tirade that the news anchorman threw at a young girl for asking “Why is America the greatest country in the world?”. Well, the answer is supposedly “It’s not”.

This may be a American drama series, with an ultimately American outcome but it will appeal to the sardonic British public, simple for the rants and tirade.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Will McAvoy is the charismatic anchorman of Atlantic Cable News, until his unwise comments decrease his popularity with the general public. His Executive Producer abandons him to work on a new program, away from the controversy. Will’s behaviors gets him trouble with the rest of him team, and he faces a newsroom where no-one will work for him.

The president of ACN news; Charlie Skinner, hires a new EP without telling Will. It happens to be an old face to Will, but MacKenzie McHale is a ruckus in herself. She brings new bold ideas to the news team, and Will is soon at the edge of his temper. He gives MacKenzie one week to prove herself and her new ideas to the be the step forward.

Overall, the first episode didn’t capture me as much as it should have. It was a good start to the series, but it spends a lot of time introducing various characters traits and many side-characters.

MacKenzie, in particular, is given as much screen-time as Will, and she’s not an powerful-feeling character. They have a relationship that is unknown to the rest of the newsroom, but you can see that it develops as the series will go along.

MacKenzie’s soft voice with the token British accent (even though she claims to be American), made me feel that it was just a gimmick. If she’s passionate about America, then she should be less… London-y!

I was pleased to see Dev Patel also featuring as a semi-pivotal character. He plays Neil Sampat, and even though he’s only had a small role so far, it was with some important lines for the episode, so hopefully this character will develop more as the series goes.

Romance is surprisingly given headway, as sparks already fly between some of the characters, including some younger co-workers that are already in a love-triangle.

The first episode covers the breaking news of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. This was an important story when it came out a few years ago. It was definitely influential on the media, and environmental and political situations. I was surprised to find that this series is set in the past, but that would make sense because then the series can cover actual news and facts, rather than try and fabricate events that may cause potential harm to companies.

The second episode should introduce more interactions between Will and the public, because that was what drew me to this series in the first place.

Rated 3.5/5 – Good character introductions. A bit stifled in the newsroom, but a wide range of characters.

See the next episode!

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