This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...and this week I want to discuss a little show called The Newsroom, and all the things I've learned from it. Not only is it one of the best shows you're not watching, it's a series that - love it or hate it - has almost become bigger than the show itself. There's enough to talk about that..well, it unintentionally took over this entire blog. So, in no particular order, here are seven things that I've taken away from The Newsroom.
1. The TV Main Title Sequence Is Not Dead
The television main title sequence seems to be on its way to being a thing of the past. For many shows, a title sequence now amounts to clips or pretty visuals played over a pop song that, if you're lucky, won't get replaced on the DVD release. Some series don't even have an opening sequence anymore.
Thankfully, there are some shows out there that still have significant main titles; recent examples that spring to mind include shows like Dexter and HBO's own Game of Thrones. For my money, The Newsroom has the best main title sequence I've seen in years. Take a look at it below.
This is everything a main title sequence should be. It fulfills the function of crediting the main cast and major crew, but it also brings us into the show's world and gives us that minute and thirty seconds to put our minds into that space. As I'm watching it, I really do feel like I'm taking a quick (though it doesn't feel quick) trip through the history of broadcast news, and by the time it's over, I'm ready to dive into the episode that's about to start. That transition is what I want out of my main titles.
I also have a hard time putting into words just how much I appreciate Thomas Newman's opening theme tune. In general, I miss the days of original theme music, but Newman's theme for The Newsroom is just spot-on perfect. It's simple yet sweeping, subtle and beautiful, evoking in music a sense of wonderment. Sometimes I play the opening credits just to listen to the theme. It doesn't get any better than that.