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Jun. 6th, 2012 | 03:06 am

"There is, especially in the American media, a deep belief that insincerity is better than no sincerity at all."
- Christopher Hitchens

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."
-
George Bernard Shaw


Remember when TV used to chill in the summer? when even the news was on snooze control, and the big attraction was getting together to watch rich pros playing with their balls?

Well, ballgames continue to be prevalent, but the cutting-edgers are giving the imminent season a distinctive whiff of urgency. And by remarkable coincidence, the primary source of the pungency is politics.

Jeff Daniels leads a noteworthy cast to television for the summer in support of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom (HBO, starting June 24th). Daniels plays News Night anchor Will McAvoy, who has found safety in sucking up to power ... though that is about to change.

Sorkin established himself as TV’s most distinctive writer when he created The West Wing, but this behind-the-scenes series is shaping up to be more like a cross between his Sports Night and his Studio 60 ... a West-Winged wordfest with moral spine and political teeth.

Sigourney Weaver takes on her first TV role, the lead in Political Animals, a six-part USA miniseries starting July 15th. She plays a Secretary of State who happens to be the ex-wife of a philandering ex-president.

This is fiction (note the “ex”-wife) and should not be confused with HBO’s Veep (Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Vice President), which is satire. Veep winds up its first season on June 10th, and will be repeated, and has been renewed.

The gutsiest entry, though, may well be a reported shift to politics in the summer-long fifth-season focus of HBO’s True Blood, starting June 10th. Seems there is a conflict between the vampires who want to live peacefully among humans and those who, in Entertainment Weekly’s felicitous phrase, “want to suck them dry.”

Which reminds me: Here is an even greater synchrony than mere subject matter — Why are all of these shows running on Sunday???

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Saraswati Davies

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from: Saraswati Davies
date: Jun. 6th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Thanks Wilder, I will look forward to recording these for some well deserved Alpha moments, sans commecials ;-) love Sara

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Epistemologist

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from: epistemologist
date: Jul. 17th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
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The first three episodes of the newsroom were superb-I love the machine gun dialogue. Thanx for the heads up

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