"We Just Decided To," "News Night 2.0," "The 112th Congress," "I'll Try To Fix You," "Amen," "Bullies," "5/1," "The Blackout, Part 1: Tragedy Porn," "The Blackout, Part 2: Mock Debate," "The Greater Fool"
by Jefferson Robbins The more I think about Aaron Sorkin's chimerical HBO beast "The Newsroom", the more I think it would work far, far better as a Broadway musical. That may be because Sorkin loads the ranks of his ensemble drama with accomplished theatre vets, or it may be because of the endless dialogue references to stage classics, beginning and ending with Man of La Mancha. But it's also a matter of timing: The show offers strange eruptions of relationship palaver, set in the midst of world-altering sociopolitical changes and the daily churn of building a TV newshour around them. They arrive oddly, maddeningly, and frequently, just when the storylines involving real-world events are beginning to compel, and they feel almost uniformly dishonest and manufactured. What I'm saying is, they'd go down easier if they were sung.