Just because most people don’t do a Golden Globes pool doesn’t mean you can’t predict if Homeland will build on its Emmy domination. Let’s take the 11 TV categories to a vote. Remember, this is who you think will win, not necessarily who you want to win. READ FULL STORY »
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Is Aaron Sorkin capable of completing a sentence using 140 characters or fewer? Has he perfected the art of walking and tweeting at the same time? Find out by following the TV vet’s brand new Twitter account, which EW can confirm is the real deal. (He joined the site last Friday; blame Sandy for us not reporting this important news sooner.)
While watching Barack Obama’s halting, pause-filled performance in last Wednesday’s debate, liberals across the country found themselves wishing that the president had been prepped by someone more focused, someone more aggressive, someone like, say, snappy dialogue writer extraordinaire Aaron Sorkin. Unfortunately for them, there’s no way to grant this wish short of stealing Professor Frink’s time machine. But at least those folks can take solace in Sunday’s New York Times, which contains the next best thing to a Sorkin-penned debate: a Sorkin-penned dialogue between President Obama and imaginary ex-president Josiah “Jed” Bartlet, last seen thinking about “tomorrow” on The West Wing‘s series finale.
Sorkin pal Maureen Dowd invited her famous friend to imagine a post-debate conversation between the real commander-in-chief and the one Sorkin made up. Sorkin obliged, just like he did in 2008 when Dowd first asked him to write Obama/Bartlet fan fiction. The final product features vintage Sorkinese, cigarettes, a barrage of statistics, and cameos from Jim Lehrer and The Newsroom‘s Will McAvoy. Here’s the real meat of the conversation:
We still may not be able to tell you exactly how to get to Sesame Street, but the neighborhood’s beloved denizens know their way to the EW offices. Last year, Elmo and Cookie Monster dropped in to give us their versions of some popular TV shows, but this time around Elmo was too busy working on Elmo: The Musical—the show’s new singing-and-dancing segment that will replace the popular Elmo’s World—to make another visit. Luckily for us, Grover and Cookie Monster (a.k.a. the Blue Brothers) had enough wiggle room in their schedules to stop by to sing a few musical numbers of their own, parodying the likes of The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Doctor Who, and even The Newsroom. So if you were one of the many viewers who thought Aaron Sorkin’s biggest mistake was not saddling his newsman protagonist with a crippling cookie addiction, then this video is for you!
Women and technology, am I right?
There is now a topless photo of doe-eyed Newsroom star Alison Pill floating around on the Internet. But the picture wasn’t uploaded by a vindictive ex or a phone hacker — Pill mistakenly tweeted the photo herself this morning, inadvertently showing her goods to 13,790 followers (and, by extension, everyone everywhere). That’s taking MacKenzie McHale’s tech incompetence to a whole new level.
Pill soon realized her error and deleted the tweet, sending out an apology to boot: “Yep. That picture happened. Ugh. My tech issues have now reached new heights, apparently. How a deletion turned into a tweet… Apologies.”
At least she doesn’t have to worry about how fiance Jay Baruchel will react to the errant pic. READ FULL STORY »
Whether you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Sorkinite or a scoffing hater, one thing’s for certain: You have a strong opinion about The Newsroom. It’s impossible to let this series play in the background as you fill in a crossword puzzle or cook dinner; The Newsroom demands attention and engagement, even if that engagement comes in the form of snarky tweets or incredulous blog posts.
And regardless of how you feel about Aaron Sorkin’s creation, you have to admit that its ability to provoke a reaction is impressive. That’s why even haters couldn’t help feeling pleased when they — okay, fine, we — saw that The Newsroom will return for a second season. Sorkin clearly has a complicated relationship with both his viewers and his critics, and it’ll be fascinating to see what effect, if any, their comments have on News Night 2.0 2.0. (News Night 4.0?)
Of course, none of these comments could have had any effect on The Newsroom‘s finale, which airs tonight at 10pm ET; the show’s first 10 episodes were in the can long before critics had a chance to sink their teeth in. Still, I can’t help but hope that the episode, ominously titled “The Greater Fool,” incorporates a few elements from my finale wish list. Here’s what I’d love to see:
We are living in one of the great periods in TV history. The last decade saw the expansion of the cable universe and the popular rise of serialized shows, a pair of major evolutionary changes that pushed the boundaries of the medium. A show’s protagonist no longer had to be a good guy, or even particularly likable. Storylines could run for months, or years. The Internet provided the foundation for a hyper-attentive new strain of TV fandom. We began to talk about TV shows the way that people in the ’70s talked about movies, or the way that people in the ’20s talked about literature. Shows like Sopranos, Arrested Development, Mad Men, and The Wire had set a new benchmark. A host of new TV shows arrived, shows with sky-high ambition, shows that wanted to be great.
And then some of those shows turned out to be terrible. READ FULL STORY »
Feeling guilty over the amount of time you’ve spent indoors watching TV since May? Here’s your vindication: Our first annual Summer TV Awards. Help us celebrate the good and call out the bad. Copy and paste the list of categories below into a comment and write in your nominations. Come back tomorrow afternoon when the official nominations are announced and the polls open!
UPDATE: The polls are now open! (And thank you for your patience with the comments not always publishing. We’re looking into it.)
And the categories are… READ FULL STORY »
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