Yes, I’ve watched HBO’s John Adams and I loved it. In any film or television series based on history, it is never going to be 100% historically accurate because telling these stories in a limited amount of time and the need for heightened drama will always require taking some creative liberties and using composite characters. The historical accuracy never really bothers me with movies or television because I know what I’m getting when I go into it.
Anyway, back to John Adams, I’m a big fan of the series and I thought the casting was amazing with damn near every character. As I’ve said before, I’ve been crossing my fingers that we’ll eventually get a feature on George Washington with David Morse reprising his role (and hopefully the make-up artist reprising their role) or the chance to see Stephen Dillane (I finally learned his name) as Thomas Jefferson again. I thought Dillane stole almost every scene that he was in.
So, I bought Season One of The Newsroom last night because they were all out of copies of House of Cards at Target, but haven’t really felt like checking it out yet because I have a ton of reading I need to catch up on. However, I just decided to pop in the first DVD for a few minutes, see how Episode 1 starts out, and try to get a feel for the show, but had no plans to watch much of it yet. But, of course, two minutes into the COLD OPEN The Newsroom features one of those awesome, brilliant Aaron Sorkin rants that makes you want to stand up and salute with Jeff Daniels channeling President Bartlet and now it looks like that reading I need to catch up on is going to have to wait.
Everyone who responded to my question about whether HBO’s Rome got better than the first episode was right on. Shit picked up after about two episodes and I’m all in. Any other historical dramas that I should check out?
Did any of you watch HBO’s series Rome when it was on? If so, did it get good? I bought the DVD and completely checked out of the first episode while I was watching it. I did the same thing with The Borgias and eventually ended up liking that series a lot. I’m hoping the same thing will happen with Rome, but it doesn’t have Jeremy Irons to carry the slow episodes (and distract me with his ill-fitting dentures) like The Borgias does.
Anyway, does Rome get better or did I make a bad purchase?