News Dump 2/8/2012
Hello statistically trackable readership! It’s a pleasure to see you and your collective demographics this morning. How is your respective age bracket doing?
Anyway, news dump.
- HBO has an unofficial premiere date of June 24th set for its new Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom, which will apparently be set at the fictional Atlantis Cable News network. I assume this means that there will be recurring story lines featuring Aquaman.
- NCIS celebrated its 200th episode last night, and I think we can all agree on one thing: the writers of NCIS have proven very adept at counting to 200.
- FUSE still exists.
- Long time fans of Mandy Moore (all six of you) can rejoice, for the singer/actress best known for being in that one movie where she dies from cancer is potentially coming to ABC this fall.
- And finally, the consensus best Super Bowl ad this year (and potentially the best Super Bowl ad of all time) was Chrysler’s Halftime in America spot, featuring Clint Eastwood as the country’s reassuring grandfather. But as with all things awesome, we have to ruin it by going through the response-backlash-antibacklash cycle. Among the controversies the ad has generated: It is liberal propaganda, it should be conservative propaganda, it wasn’t actually filmed in Detroit, Chrysler and the NFL can’t agree on who owns the copyright and it edited out pro-union protest signs used in one of its images. But you should ignore all of that shit and just accept this as a terrific two minutes of filmmaking.