Originally Posted by rdclark
What just kills the show for me, as I said three weeks ago, is the use of old news. It's bad storytelling.
Is it? How would you have a show about a fictional newsroom set in the real world unfold? Should they make up Big News Stories out of whole cloth?
HBO's best currently running show, 'Treme' (IMHO) uses the real world events of Katrina to tell fictional stories about the real people of New Orleans (who are also fictional, for the most part). Any number of television shows and movies use real world events for their narrative launching points. It's a time-honored way of creating dramatic fiction.
Anchoring the adventures of ACN (and the evolution of Will McAvoy into a "real" crusading journalist in the Morrow mold) in recent real world events lends credibility and makes it easier for the audience to relate. Quite the contrary, it's a time-honored storytelling technique and Sorkin certainly isn't blazing any new dramatic trails here.
It seems that people who find fault with his message (and they know who they are) are searching for a way to find fault with the narrative structure in order to discredit the show. It's Sorkin. It's what he does. This is the template for the show. It's smart TV for smart people, and the audience for such fare is intrinsically limited to those who understand his narrative techniques - and enjoy them.