(WARNING: This post contains spoilers for HBO's The Newsroom)
When it worked, HBO's The Newsroom worked fantastically. Smart, aggressive and socially relevant, the show did a good job at portraying real events through the eyes of the media and illustrating the cost of losing the trust of the audience. Those moments were the show at its best, not when we had to sit through another love triangle debate that was occurring during work hours, only made bearable due to Aaron Sorkin's quippy and impossibly unrealistic dialogue.
Some time has passed since the show ended, but does that mean the show doesn't have anything left to say? Considering the current political climate and where the news media stands today, a show like #TheNewsroom could be an excellent platform to analyze and debate while also entertaining and informing. Here are five reasons why #HBO should green light a Newsroom comeback, even if just for a season.
Current Affairs, Make It Relevant Again
Lets not beat around the bush here. No matter what anyone's political point of view is, no one can deny that things are heated these days, with various groups clashing over what they think is morally right for the country while flat-out disagreeing with anyone who doesn't share their point of view. These protests and headlines seemed to have been amplified ever since President #Trump came into office. The headlines are writing themselves and a show like The Newsroom would be hard pressed to find stories to report.
Normally, a season of the show would cover a few real-world stories — some that carried over multiple episodes such as the Occupy Wall Street Movement — while others, such as the BP Oil spill, lasted just one episode. If Newsroom is destined to come back, it would be wise to continue this trend, focusing heavily, but not exclusively, on the current political theater as to not alienate its viewers or become redundant.
The show will be responsible for informing audiences and allowing them to question the information given, to create discourse and a dialogue, which is what the show did in its opening moments as it ripped into current perceptions and realities.
"We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in our last election, and we didn't...we didn't scare so easy. We were able to be all these things, and to do all these things, because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore."
President Trump's Crusade Against The Media Can Be Explored From The Point Of View Of The Media
President Trump has been waging a war against the mainstream media and many of his supporters have also taken up arms against the press despite the lack of evidence as to why. "You're fake news" has become a battle cry and a show like The Newsroom can show us what it's like to operate in the mainstream press while those very individuals tasked with informing the public are persecuted for doing just that. It would be great to see the cast back in hot water and perceived as villains from various members of the general population while being caught in the middle of a media war against the head of their own government as they do their best to inform and educate.
Will McAvoy Is A Registered Republican
Jeff Daniel's character, Will McAvoy, is an interesting individual who has repeatedly criticized the Republican Party despite being a registered Republican himself. It puts him in quite the predicament but makes him a much more interesting character — one who challenges the status quo on live television, despite the damage it could do to his career. To see him take on that battle with an opponent who despises the mainstream media and a party that isn't completely behind its leader would create an interesting platform for debate that I'm sure many of viewers could relate to, or at the very least, give them something to ponder about.
Catching Up With The Characters
Wow, things have been pretty serious so far. Let's calm it down a bit and consider that bringing the show back would be a great reason to get back with the cast and the actors who portrayed them for three years. Did they all remain at ACN despite the aggressive changes that were going on?
Will McAvoy and Emily Mortimer's MacKenzie McHale were last at the funeral for their dear friend Charlie while also learning that they will soon become parents. How does being parents change how they view the world? Do they become more responsible for being honest journalists or have they stepped away for fear of backlash and ridicule?
Some of the other characters have been paired off into couples, so if the show were to return, we wouldn't have any dizzying love triangles to contend with (thankfully). The cast of characters are all pretty likable people (except Will when he's being an asshat) and it became very easy to care for these characters because they were written so well and with personality for days. Yet there was one more character we deserve to get more time with.
More Neal, Obviously
Last but not least, give us more Neal. 2017 Oscar nominee #DevPatel was practically written out of the final season of the show and his absence was sadly, extremely noticeable. His character was tasked with being the eyes and ears for the younger audience, those who get their information via Twitter and challenges the role of social media and traditional news stories in the Internet age.
His role in a Newsroom revival would be paramount, especially when the final season established a new ownership over the company that controls the fictional news outlet seen in the show, ACN. The new owner was more concerned with clicks and reality TV style programming than reporting the news. When the news is in hot water and the owner has all the ammunition he needs to carry on as he planned, Neal will have to prove to the new owner, and to audiences, why having a trusted news outlet is more important than we may realize.
So what do you think? Should HBO consider brining back The Newsroom? Does the current state of affairs justify its return, or will it be ridiculed as an unwarranted attempt at anti-Trump propaganda? Let me know what you think, especially if you watched all three seasons of the show. Until then, here's Jeff Daniel as McAvoy reenacting that powerful opening speech on Bloomberg Politics, only this time with President Trump as the subject to give you an idea as to where this can go.