From Brentwood, CA to Long Island, NY, privileged neighborhoods across America went dark last night as Aaron Sorkin's new series, The Newsroom, premiered on HBO.
Rich white people everywhere retreated to their screening rooms and master suites to soak up the soliloquies and bask in the aphorisms of Sorkin's script, causing record low sales at Whole Foods nationwide.
Third time’s a charm for Sorkin, who's reboot of a reboot (Sports Night, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip) goes behind the scenes of a network nightly news show, the highest rated TV-genre of the upper-middle-class WASP demographic.
As usual, Sorkin’s charming games of verbal tennis are headed by a stellar cast of pale faces.
Martin Sheen is played by Dumb & Dumber’s Jeff Daniels; Rob Lowe and Bradley Whitford find themselves aptly played by the interchangeable John Gallagher Jr. and Thomas Sadoski respectively. And Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire fame rounds out the cast playing the token “smart person of color.”
In a separate but related story, the word "gravitas" finds itself trending for the first time ever.