Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, September 11, 2013
It’s not quite HBO’s “The Newsroom,” but it can be…
Funny or Die’s latest satirical gem makes fun of the Aaron Sorkin drama, using ACN anchor Will McAvoy’s (Jeff Daniels) infamous rant during a panel on journalism at Northwestern University to explain why Sorkin’s latest project isn’t the best thing since sliced bread – or even on par with past shows of his like NBC’s “The West Wing”or ABC’s “Sports Night.”
In the original rant, McAvoy gives a passe answer to a girl asking him “Why is America the best country in the world?” When pressured by the panel moderator to give a better answer, McAvoy – thinking he’s seen his former girlfriend and executive producer, Mackenzie MacHale (Emily Mortimer), in the audience holding up a sign saying “It’s not” on one side and “But it can be” on the other – lashes out at the girl about why America is sub par.
“It’s not the greatest show on TV, that’s my answer,” a guy pretending to be McAvoy tells the aghast crowd.
“Everyone loves the witty banter, but you can’t build a show on an actor’s ability to cram as many words as possible into as few seconds as Sorkinly possible. And you’re gonna sit there with a straight face and tell me that ‘The Newsroom’ is so star-spangled awesome that it’s the only show in the world with whip smart dialogue?‘Sherlock’ has dialogue, ‘Gilmore Girls’ has dialogue, ‘House,’ ‘Veronica Mars’… even ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’has a zinger or two,” he continues before morphing into a tirade about the show’s portrayal of women and guests with opposing arguments to McAvoy’s, as well as its poor ratings.
That doesn’t mean that the guy thinks all hope is lost for Sorkin or “Newsroom,” however.
“We need stories told by minds like Aaron Sorkin. We need to be shown that you can be compassionate and intelligent at the same time. We need shows that are opinionated without being arrogant, that are engaging without being operatic … We need ‘The Newsroom’ and shows like it, but we need them to be better,” he concludes.
Watch the spoof here.