Accepting the Demise of The Newsroom…

November 13, 2014 4:07pm
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If only the first episode of season three had been as compelling as the trailer, maybe we’d still have a show worth fighting for here.

Simply put – I watched season 3, episode 1 of The Newsroom last night, and I’m sad to say that I kind of hated it. Like, A LOT.

It’s not the same show that it was when it first started – the characters are suddenly all best friends, there’s no structure left in the office, and after the last season was dominated by a plot around confidential information, season three looks like it’s starting out … the exact same way.

By the end of the episode, I regrettably had come to terms with the idea of the show ending after all. I loved season 1, but it started to fall short in season 2 and now having watched the premiere of #3, it doesn’t really surprise me as much that HBO decided to pull the plug on this one. So much of the episode just didn’t feel right…

  • The intern who infamously got hired at the end of season 1 is now taking jabs at Will like they’re brother and sister.
  • Apparently Sloan doesn’t really do much financial reporting anymore, except for showing her sparkly, new Bloomberg product placement.
  • Don runs a show later than News Night, but apparently he never really has anything to do with his own show so he just hangs out with Will’s crew instead.
  • Reese is now sort of buddy-buddy with the group, hanging out with them like he’s not the head of the entire company that everyone has hated up until now.
  • Jim’s girlfriend from the last season now works there because, hell, why not?!
  • And instead of Will being this noble, though intimidating force in the office, now he’s a bumbling idiot who seems to have traded scripts with MacKenzie the moment the two lovebirds got engaged last season.

I hate to see shows go while they’re still in their prime and I really thought that The Newsroom stood out as one of those with a decent amount of staying power, but I don’t know if the writers room changed or they just didn’t have anymore decent stories left in them. I’m morbidly curious to see what they do with the remaining couple of episodes that they still have left…

…but I swear to god, if they keep dragging out this Jim and Maggie dead horse like they eluded to when Maggie became a news woman on camera, I might not make it to the wedding that’s no doubt going to be the final episode… 🙁

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