Posts by Thomas Boorstein

Thomas Boorstein

About The Author

Thomas Boorstein grew up in East Norwich, N.Y. That's in Nassau County, which Jane Jacobs accurately described as "a huge mess of new suburban sprawl on Long Island, out beyond Brooklyn." (Imagine what she'd say about Los Angeles!) He went to school in New York and now lives in Queens, which, according to Quiz Show, "is not New York." When he's not parroting generalizations about geography, he works as a web producer, watches sports and runs.
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Hard Knocks: Episode 5

Before this season of Hard Knocks started, Chad Johnson figured to play a central role. But that expectation changed when he was arrested on domestic assault charges. Johnson was released, and the Miami Dolphins were left with a void at wide receiver, and the show was left devoid of personality.

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Hard Knocks: Episode 4

Joe Philbin may not be the most colorful man in the NFL, but he’s still the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. When HBO tries to make the unremarkable seem remarkable, things don’t automatically get interesting.

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The Newsroom: The Greater Fool

Season 1 of The Newsroom ended much like it began, with liberal newscasts, unnecessary love permutations in an oversaturated episode. Don’t worry, the season finale also put down its female characters, too.

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Hard Knocks: Episode 3

For the first two episodes of Hard Knocks, Reggie Bush sat happily on the periphery. His only contributions were playing a soccer video game against Chad Johnson and nicknaming wide receiver Chris Hogan “7-11” --because he’s always open, of course. But Bush is a veteran and an outgoing person, and there was only so long he could go on this show without playing a bigger role.

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The Newsroom: The Blackout, Part II: Mock Debate

Of all the bizarre scenes in The Newsroom this season, the opening scene to “The Blackout: Part 2,” may be the strangest. Mac (Emily Mortimer) decides that a power outage is the best time to save the show from reporting on Casey Anthony and do a show on the street. This will reunite the team she says is fractured by the new policy of catering to the ratings.

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Hard Knocks: Episode 2

Last week, Chad Johnson appeared set to be a loud- and foul-mouthed sideshow on Hard Knocks. In this week’s episode, he exited stage left. But a release of an aging receiver accused of domestic assault does not an episode of Hard Knocks make.

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The Newsroom: The Blackout, Part 1: Tragedy Porn

After six episodes of looking like a pushover, Emily Mortimer’s Mac character finally stood up for herself in last week’s episode of The Newsroom. Would that be a one-week aberration, or would Mac continue her path to the respectability suggested by her resume and experience?

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Hard Knocks: Episode 1

A lockout cost HBO a season of Hard Knocks in 2011, but the series finally returned Tuesday. The Miami Dolphins likely weren’t the first choice as this year’s subject, but HBO has proven before it doesn’t need the best team to air five great episodes. (See the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007, for example.)

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The Newsroom: 5/1

This week’s episode of The Newsroom, “5/1”, starts promisingly with Charlie (Sam Waterston) on the phone with an unnamed source. The purpose of this call is to help said source’s credibility, and he promises that Charlie will get an email from the White House just after 9 p.m. “telling him to get to work.

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The Newsroom: Bullies

Which is longer? The time between a real-life event and its portrayal on The Newsroom or the time between an Olympic event and its broadcast on NBC?

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The Newsroom: Amen

After dealing with office romances in last week’s episode, Aaron Sorkin returned to concentrating on news in “Amen,” the fifth of 10 episodes in Season 1 of The Newsroom.

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The Newsroom: I’ll Try to Fix You

One way to judge The Newsroom: How much is Charlie (Sam Waterston) used in each episode? Using this criterion alone, “I’ll Try to Fix You” wasn’t half bad. But that’s not the only way to evaluate the show. Thomas Boorstein has the recap.

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The Newsroom: The 112th Congress

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Fans of The West Wing will remember how many episodes of that show had non-linear plots. Aaron Sorkin doesn’t simply write every episode from start to finish; he jumps back and forth to make the jigsaw puzzle more satisfying when the viewer puts it together. Or so he hopes.

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The Newsroom: News Night 2.0

Thomas Boorstein recaps the second episode of The Newsroom, which is chock full of sometimes unecessary subplots, and sometimes-snappy dialogue.

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‘The Newsroom’ Premiere: We Just Decided To

Aaron Sorkin's latest TV show The Newsroom debuts on HBO. Is it any good? Thomas Boorstein has the recap.

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