Aaron Sorkin's dialogcycle and the promise of The Newsroom

Fresh off the premiere of The Newsroom, the latest addition to the supremely wordy oeuvre of writer-creator Aaron Sorkin, the Internet was all abuzz over this riveting supercut of repurposed lines from his previous work. Sorkin clearly has a propensity for recycling references to Ping-Pong rooms, the way Shakespeare “was meant to be done” and an obscure quote from THE LION IN WINTER. But there is no denying that the man writes compelling dialogue — even if you’ve heard it before.

Those snippets of scenes from The West Wing, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, A FEW GOOD MEN, et. al. are so damn good, it makes me want to watch them all over again (oh, how I miss C.J. Cregg!).

And what of Sorkin’s new series, The Newsroom, which has received vociferously negative feedback from The New York Times (as well as nearly everyone else)?

I’m with Dan Rather, who praised the show’s “authenticity” on Gawker; Newsroom has promise. The pacing is inconsistent, and there’s too much soapboxing, but the premise is intriguing and when the dialogue starts flying, it soars.

In case you missed it, HBO has made the entire first episode available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. So you can decide for yourself.

Anyone taking bets on how long before Newsroom references “the virtue of a proportional response”?