More Summer Shows: The Newsroom, etc.

July 3, 2012  |  TV

It seems that this summer most networks have stepped up their summer show schedules and one show that has stood out (well one of a few that is) happens to be Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” it is a show that I see as “THE BEST SHOW EVER!” in a completely different category than “Game of Thrones” and “The Borgias” of course.

The Newsroom

Airing: Sundays (Premiered June 24)

Genre: Drama (60 minutes)

Briefly: Brought to you by HBO this show centers around the life of a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels) Will McAvoy, his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer) who also happens to be his ex girlfriend Mackenzie McHale, his newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, and Olivia Munn) and their big boss (Sam Waterston).  Will’s life gets turned upside down when his “Night News” team disappears and his boss surprises him by bringing back his ex-girlfriend Mackenzie McHale as the new EP.  You see the genius that takes place in building a news show and what factors into it.

What I loved about it, is that this is really good TV, the quality of the dialogue the scenes they all inspire you to think to sit there in awe of everything, unlike most shows out there (read: Reality TV Shows & Slap-stick Comedies) this show gets you thinking most of the time.  Since I work in the news business this kind of tackles the other side, the TV News segment rather than the journalism.  In short, if you love behind the scene shows such as “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Boulevard” also an Aaron Sorkin show along with “The West Wing” then you will appreciate the genius behind this show.

One more fact, with only two episodes that have aired this show has received it’s second season renewal and therefore will be coming back next year so you won’t have to worry about it getting cancelled anytime soon. [Source]

Other shows to keep an eye out for:


Airing: Sundays (Premiered April 22)

Genre: Comedy (30 Minutes)

Briefly: Brought to you as well by HBO “Veep” centers around Julia Louis-Dreyfrus’s character former Senator Selina Meyer who has recently accepted a position as the Vice President of the United States of America (otherwise known as the Veep).  This comedy basically brings the mock humor of what goes on with politics in Washington as we see Selina and her staff struggle with doing something right.  Her staff includes Gary (Tony Hale “Arrested Development”), Sue (Sufe Bradshaw “Dance Flick”), Mike (Matt Walsh “Hung” “Outsourced”), and Amy (Anna Chlumsky “Cupid”).  This series also stars Reid Scott (“My Boys” “The Big C”) as Dan Egan.

If you liked the filming of “Modern Family” the behind the scenes look that take place on “30 Rock” and the awesomeness of “Arrested Development” then what are you waiting for! Watch this show immediately because seriously I finished the first entire season in one go and I loved every second of it!

Men at Work

Airing: Thursdays (Premiered May 24)

Genre: Comedy (30 Minutes)

Briefly: Brought to you by TBS this comedy centers around the misadventures of four friends who work together at a magazine.  You can call it the male version of “Sex and the City” since each character resembles one from the previous show.  You have the newly dumped Milo (Danny Masterson “That 70s Show”) who barely has time to breathe from how soon his friends try to set him up and get him back into the dating game. There is Tyler (Michael Cassidy “Privileged” “The O.C.”) the classy friend . There is Neal (Adam Busch “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) the boring one with the girlfriend Amy (Meredith Hagner “Lights Out”) who also happens to be the boss’s daughter. Finally, the “Samantha of the bunch in my opinion Gibbs (James Lesure “Las Vegas” “Mr. Sunshine”) who plays the photographer and lady killer (as in gets all the ladies, no not kills them :P). You basically get a chance to watch them as they navigate through work, love, and friendship together.

If you liked “That 70’s Show”, “Friends”, “Sex and the City”, “Cougar Town” and practically any of the ensemble comedies then this show is for you it’s light and easy to watch and the 30 minutes fly by so quickly!

This show has also been renewed for a second season so watch without fear of losing your peeps! [Source]

The Soul Man

Airing: Wednesdays (Premiered June 20th)

Genre: Comedy (30 Minutes)

Briefly: Brought to you by TV Land this spin off of “Hot in Cleveland” brings you the story of Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (Cedric the Entertainer “Barbershop”), an R&B superstar-turned minister who takes over as the preacher of his father’s church.  Famous for his song “I wanna have sex with you” and living the high life in Las Vegas one day he gets the calling and decides to give up signing to become a soul saver. Relocating to St. Louis with his wife Lolli (Niecy Nash “Clean House” “Bernie Mac Show”) who tries to support him to the best of her power while trying to run her own salon business and their daughter, Lyric (Jazz Raycole “Everybody Hates Chris”) wasn’t the easiest thing to do.  So join in on the ride of trying to balance being a priest while trying to stay true to ones’ self. His father Barton Ballentine (John Beasley “Everwood”) and his brother Burrell Stamps Ballentine (Wesley Jonathan “What I Like About You”) however don’t make things easy for him and it’s just fun watching them struggle.

If you liked “Hot in Cleveland”, “The Exes”, “Happily Divorced”, or simply any of the TV Land comedies then this one will be good for you it’s cute, sweet, and funny at the same time and doesn’t require much thought so why not give it a shot.

With that I conclude this week’s of “What’s New!”

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  1. Anything from HBO is worth checking out!

    I’m loving Men At Work & Soul Man! These shows are hilarious!

    • I totally agree, HBO has been doing quite well these past few years and so I have high faith in them!

      I too love those shows hehe now that “Men at Work” has ended I am back to watching some of the other series “The Exes”, “Retired at 35” and “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse”.

  2. You Are A Live Saver !! i really need a show now to check :p . thanks :p

    • Your most welcome stay tuned for my other TV Show reviews new shows are coming out every week at least hehe and I am in love with most of them!


    whats make the newsroom so different that it has more meaning and the story is so deep

    men at work i didnt watch it yet but its definitely is on my watch list

    btw anything that comes out from HBO is good

    • I totally agree with anything that comes from HBO is great and yeah “The Newsroom” has a lot of potential because it is smart, gets the viewer thinking and is practically a work of genius.

      “Men at Work” is great too watch it hehe it’s funny!

  4. lovet the newsroom Jeff Daniels is outstanding as the repressed anchorman in search of a new identity, and the other members of the cast are equally engaging i give it 5 stars