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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

‘The Newsroom’ . . . shades of ‘Broadcast News’?

With “Mad Men,” “Downton Abbey,” “30 Rock,” “Smash,” and even “The Killing” off the air, I’m looking for something to watch on non-movie nights (sorry, Terri, just can’t get through an episode of “Girls”) . . . and I’m particularly intrigued by Aaron Sorkin’s new show, “The Newsroom,” premiering Sunday night on HBO. Sorkin, bouncing off an Oscar for “The Social Network,” seems to be in his element; the cast looks strong; and the premise irresistible. Anyone else planning on tuning in? And anyone else reminded of a newsroom movie — “Broadcast News,” to be exact? Will Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer (whose character name, MacKenzie McHale, strikes me as A Bit Much) be this generation’s William Hurt and Holly Hunter (or Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter, depending on how things play out)? Anyway, I hope the dialogue on “The Newsroom” is as snappy as “Broadcast News” — and I’m guessing it just might be. Here’s a sample of the latter . . .

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