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    Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" premiered last year to much media analysis and many mixed reviews. On the one hand, the show has Sorkin's trademark writing style, good actors, and attempts to be a satire of the news media & major public issues. On the other hand, the first season of "The Newsroom" was criticized for among other things having a sexist depiction of female characters, being a rehash of familiar Sorkin plot-lines and dialogue from other Sorkin TV shows, and most importantly having plot elements that did not work story-wise at all.

    Tonight, season 2 premiered on HBO. Have things gotten better?

    From the A.V. Club:

    Throughout the second season première of The Newsroom, it’s evident that Aaron Sorkin is desperate to get this one right. To his credit, he seems to have listened to many of the criticisms of season one, and he’s attempting to fix them. In most cases, this would amount to mainly cosmetic fixes, in hopes of giving the series a newer, shinier surface. Sorkin has done that, to be sure. (The title sequence, for instance, is new, with a new version of the main title music, and it feels less insufferably self-important as a consequence.) But he’s also dug down a bit and tried to find ways to address other problems people had with the show last season, more systemic ones. The opening scene—with Will at a deposition—indicates that at some point in the story of this season, the NewsNight team is going to get something horribly, horribly wrong (some sort of military operation named Genoa), and that promises to at least be different from the 20/20 hindsight that dominated season one. We get to see Mackenzie have those moments of competency at her job that were too infrequent in season one. The way Will is written has been subtly tweaked so it’s obvious more often what an asshole he can be.
    Full disclosure, I haven't watched the season 2 premiere yet. Although, I do know that among the changes this season is that the storylines will not be as rooted in the characters reacting to events from the "real" world of the past. For example, the big story-arc of this season, the characters reporting on the military event called "Genoa," is fictional.

    I've always thought that setting the show in our reality was a mistake. I think the show would work much better, and its points would come across as far less preachy, if it was set in "The West Wing" universe and dealt with the fictional equivalents of the Tea Party, surveillance, etc.

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