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  1. Barb

    Kermit looks like he's in a blender. Frog nog?
    Or maybe he drank from Bristol's kid's sippy cup. Gotta stay frosty for the cameras because mommy isn't going to say or do anything the total of 12 viewers wants to see.

    1. Lube

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    1. ChessieNefercat

      As nearly as I can tell, reviewers and media types everywhere hate it, and plain old viewers like it. A lot.

      I read that episode 2 mocks Sarah Palin, so it can't be that bad.

  2. rickmaci

    You all have a very bad case of Aaronsorkin's Disease. I know it's painful but you need to push the off button on the TV remote and walk away from the room. You will see how quickly your condition will clear up if you stop watching. It gets better. Just be strong.

    1. Advn2rgirl

      Snort. I was prepared to disdain it, based on reviews by people I like. Then I watched it yesterday and, while it IS Sorkin on a rant, it was well-done. I TiVo'd Ep. 2 to watch tonight.

  3. DemmeFatale

    (No snark)
    It occurs to me that hating on this show may be worse for critics than anyone else.
    After watching the pilot, we had to look up reviews to see what all the "this is the worst show ever" fuss was all about. Sure, it needs work on some parts, but it brought up a lot of interesting points.
    The comments following scathing reviews were mostly of the WTF? mode, and not trusting reviewers opinions to cover their own industry.
    See Joshua Norton above.
    (Sorry to be so serious.)

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      I like the idea. If only the media where this/that idealistic. I'd love to hear the truth, just once. Not an anchor just letting a pundit spew for five or six minutes.

      That said, by 9 central, I am in a vodka haze and the rapid fire banter requires I turn on subtitles.

      1. anniegetyerfun

        That's what has always bugged me about Sorkin's work. I talk fast – too fast, according to most people. I get irritated with people who talk at a normal speed (or god forbid, pause occasionally to think while speaking). And even I have trouble keeping up with the oh-so-fast dialog that Sorkin can't seem to get enough of.

    2. Geminisunmars

      I've been puzzled by the vitriol. It's a tv show, and I found it entertaining and has more substance than most of what is available. Some flaws, but it is a new show. I am now waiting for a good ole' wonking flagellation.

      1. DemmeFatale

        I know, right?
        I guess the walk and talk banter is disturbing.
        But what do I know?
        I used to watch "The Gilmore Girls" with my youngest, so nothing phases me!

        1. Advn2rgirl

          Sometimes I think about Josh and Sam doing a walk-and-talk and then I have to go do a walk-and-talk by myself.

  4. shortsandpants

    See what happens when you ask Kermit about the state of network television?

  5. Nibbler of Niblonia

    The only difference between McAvoy and every other cable news loser is how much they talk about saving the world in his office before going on-air and doing the same old crappy show.

  6. BarackMyWorld

    Bold prediction: the season 1 finale will be titled "What Kind of Day Has It Been."

  7. MumbletyRadio

    As if I needed to prove how suggestible I am — last week's discussion of Sorkin's latest oevre prompted me to go rent "Social Network" finally, because, hey, good cast, Sorkin wrote it, etc.
    Then the storm #1 knocked out power for 2 days, which was restored only to have all energy focused primarily in reconnecting w/ folks online (via Facebook of course, ha!) and zero impetus whatsoever to watch the film, until Storms #2 and #3 interrupted my progress about halfway through the belated viewing.

    It's just my way of celebrating Independents Week, half-heartedly ratcheting up my late fees so my local independently-owned movie-rental joint can survive another business cycle of diminishing returns.
    Sorry — we were talking about Sorkin, right?

  8. Goonemeritus

    Thanks for ruining it for me Jim, maybe a spoiler alert next time if it isn’t too much trouble.

  9. SorosBot

    Jeff Daniels announces that a plane carrying the London Symphony Orchestra has been forced to jettison some of its instruments; a piano falls on his head.

    1. not that Radio

      Statler: "You Old Fool! You slept through the show!"
      Waldorf: "Who's the fool, YOU WATCHED IT!"

  10. BloviateMe

    I believe Kermit is vigorously attempting to wipe the bacon smell off his finger.

  11. YouBetcha

    I'm too drunk to change the channel after True Blood. I suspect I will watch this show forever, always, also, such as, too. Until HBO cancels it. Which will be 8 seasons from now.

  12. Warpde

    What?
    No sound? Really?
    I can't possibly get excited without the grunting.

    But I do appreciate that you have looped the best part….He,he,he,he….Ohhhh!

  13. owhatever

    They talk too damned fast in the Hotsheets Newsroom. I can't figure out what they're saying, so I don't know if they are disparaging women, planning to assassinate Hitler, trying to get laid, or playing Monopoly. One thing they ain't doing is covering the news.

    Mac (looking frustrated): Yadogouuhkllfne xc,lvyweslrfn gcom!!

    Will (usual sheepdog expression): I heggytg krgmeh chodooehton gruw!!

    Off camera voice: Hey Mac.

    Both MacKenzie and MacAvoy turn and yell: jIOOof ekhoia yfqeel!!!

    1. ChessieNefercat

      Why that's exactly what I see on the closed captions! I have an older TV and captions (which I desperately need since I can't hear voice frequencies) are often either total gibberish or vaguely Klingonese.

  14. OldRedneck

    I watched the first episode. Watched half the second episode. That's it.

    Too much inter-personal bullshit, chatter, chatter, blah, blah, blah.

    If it were not for Bristol Palin's reality show, Newsroom would be the worst show on teevee.

    1. valgal2342

      Tried to watch last night but that little blonde chick in the constant state of frenzy was just too obnoxious to tolerate.

  15. ttommyunger

    I'm mostly retired and I don't have time to watch fictional shit on the teevee machine. What am I doing wrong?

  16. ChessieNefercat

    I like Kermit. It is funny watching him hopping around. Is this an innocent animation, or is there something dirty that I am missing (as usual)?

    1. Negropolis

      Episode III will include copious amounts of Wookies, stormtroopers, and Yoda, I'm sure.

  17. Negropolis

    What I don't like is when that one character that one time said that one thing, but even less is my liking of how he said it. If he said it like this, it'd be so much better.

  18. ChessieNefercat

    I finally saw the first episode and with it's faults, I still like it as entertainment. It's not a documentary for God's sake.

    1. nonbeliever7

      I agree. It's not based on real life like The Ten Commandents, but it's fun to watch.

  19. Nopantsmcgee

    I doubt I would have watched the show if 1) it didn't come on right after True Blood and , B) Wonkette hasn't obsessed about it.

    So, I watched it, and now I look forward to it.

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