After this season of “Scandal” drama that had us titillated, racing home on Thursday nights (even though we DVR’ed the episode), in love with the White House and its on-screen President, and Googling Olivia’s outfits, we are left bereft and in a state of withdrawal. I, for one, am a huge fan of the drama and its leading lady Oliva Pope, portrayed by Kerry Washington. The witty repartee, the suspense, the very close to an FCC-warning-sizzling-intimate-scenes, had me locked in. Shonda Rhimes, aptly referred to as a, “brilliant chocolate seductress“ by Kid Fury, online radio host of “The Read,” has us on the edge of proverbial summer seats waiting for the fall.
Don’t despair, while we are left wondering why Olivia’s father tried to kill her, I offer you another drama, “The Newsroom.”
Though it premiered on June 24, 2012 on HBO. I was not aware of this new drama, but discovered it via OnDemand last year. I watched the first episode, the monologue by main character Will McAvoy, anchor of the drama’s fictitious news program entitled, “News Night,” was a tirade about why the U.S. is no longer the best country in the world. The speech was not un-American, if anything it was as American as apple pie with its demand that we focus on what made this country great in the first place. The angry but moving speech grabbed my attention. I watched each episode back-to-back because I could not get enough of the intelligent rapid fire dialogue, the bits of love stories, and how current the issues were. Aaron Sorkin, co-creator and principal writer, is deft at integrating real life political and personal issues into this drama. There were many intense moments, including a scene in which McAvoy goes head-to-head with a black gay college professor who supports social conservative Rick Santorum. However, my favorite moment was a conversation in which the “News Night” writers compared the executive producer of “News Night” Mackenzie McHale and McAvoy’s romantic relationship to the repeal Glass-Steagall. It blew my mind!
The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 was repealed under the Clinton Administration and many have blamed this repeal for later turmoil in the U.S economy during the recent financial crisis. Somehow the important element of keeping a bank’s proprietary trading separate from trading on behalf of its customers and ultimately breaching its fiduciary got lost in the shuffle. Some argue that the repeal of that act was not the cause of the 2008 financial collapse. However, after working for a big bank and seeing its trading and supposed Chinese wall, i.e. internal monitoring functions, I wouldn’t say the repeal was the sole reason but the lack of separation had huge negative implications on long term trading. So when that heavy real life issue was so seamlessly integrated and compared to a woman choosing an immediate short-term romance over a potentially long-term relationship with more depth, I realized that “The Newsroom” may be the best drama imitating life that I’ve seen since “The West Wing.”
So ladies and gentlemen, you don’t have to wait too much longer for, witty, fast-paced, intelligent programming. The new season of “The Newsroom” starts July 14, 2013 and may be the drama fix you need until we are scandalized once again.