The Newsroom: Episode 1

Last night The Newsroom premiered! Did you watch it? More importantly, did you love it? As you probably know from pior posts (like THIS one and THIS one), I worked on the show. Last night I got to proudly watch and then also see my name in the credits (normal tv doesn’t show all the credits). Well, incase you missed it, HBO has put it temporarily on youtube so you can see episode 1!

Scott Aukerman has been tweeting about it. It feels awesome to have my comedy hero tweeting about a show I worked on.

I also want to share that I spent last night at a coworkers house celebrating the debut and I made a fun themed dessert to match. Once you watch the episode above (do it!) you’ll see that it has to do with a terrible event that happened in 2010, the oil spill. Since making Newsroom themed cupcakes just seemed impossible, I decided to focus on the oil-spill part of the show. My first thought was dripping chocolate! I decided to start with your standard vanilla cupcakes (I used the box mix because that’s how I roll).

Next, I used the Magnolia Bakery frosting recipe which I found HERE. My mom has their cookbook, so we use their frosting recipe and it’s always a winner.

The ingredients went from this…

to this…

Doesn’t that look yummy? I decided to do vanilla cupcakes to represent the sand, blue icing to show the ocean (or in this case, the Gulf) and then I put a swedish fish on each cupcake. My oil spill idea was to take the chocolate that drips on and then solidifies on top of each cupcake. That did not work as I hoped, so the theme ended up being “the gulf pre-oil spill”. Oh well, they tasted delicious. In hindsight I should have had chocolate jimmies as a back-up plan. Live and learn.

PS. In episode 1, my name is written on the whiteboard in the conference room scene 😉

3 thoughts on “The Newsroom: Episode 1

  1. Awesome! I’m so jealous you had something to do with this show. Looking forward to seeing more. And following the discussion. I really hope this is a big conversation starter.

    • It’s a really great show to work on with a great cast and crew. It’s nice to not only be proud of the final product but also the message that the show is about. I’m glad you like it!

  2. Thanks for your reply. It’s very inspiring to have this sort of thing on television, and I realized this morning that I need to gush about what it means to me, and I’d like to share all that with you since you’re directly involved. I’ll probably end up commenting on it more in my own blog too, but I’m excited to have cornered someone who actually has something to do with making this show so I’ll say this now.

    As a young person who campaigned hard for Obama, I have been waiting for the older Democrats like my parents to wake up to the fact that the White House has been dragged far to the right of center for following through on the promise to pursue post-partisan politics, and that we have more formidable enemies than the Tea Party. The White House being on the defensive from packs of rabid dogs on a daily basis makes it really hard to call the Democratic party on having traded core liberal agenda items for a disgraceful level of political survival.

    On Sunday night, I watched my mother warm up to a show with a sexy older protagonist calling out the crashing standards of the news media, and how inane it is for voters to despise each other over who’s been duped by which asshole. Seeing her fall under the spell of a speaker who isn’t blindly loyal to the Democratic brand meant a lot to me. She’s always been into the identity politics of red state vs. blue state, and I was really pleased to see that issue attacked within the context of a rant against unwarranted optimism about the enduring greatness of America.

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