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Weekly TV Update: July 23

Each week we bring you stories from around the Internet that you might have missed.

WWE Raw reaches its 1,000th episode. It will feature a look back the shows 19 years on air.

Aaron Sorkin lets go of  more than half of The Newsroom’s writing staff.

The Olympics opening ceremony is Friday. Find your local Olympics schedule at NBC Olympics.

Mindy Kaling is returning to The Office for at least one more episode.

If you missed the Teen Choice Awards, Jen Chaney of The Washington Post has a summary of what happened.


Weekly TV Update: July 2

Each week we bring you stories from around the Internet that you might have missed.

MTV has a recap of last night’s BET Awards performances. Entertainment Weekly has a full list of winners.

Dexter fans will be disappointed. Executive producer Sara Colleton confirmed that Dexter is definitely ending after season 8.

Erin Andrews leaves ESPN. She will now host her own show on Fox Sports.

If you’re still interested in The Newsroom, Vulture has a review of the latest episode.

Seth MacFarlane’s Ted topped the box office this weekend. How similar is it to Family Guy?

Watch The Newsroom on YouTube

If you missed the premiere of The Newsroom and want to catch it before tonight’s episode at 10pm, you can watch the full first episode for free on YouTube.

The Newsroom Needs a Newsflash

Last night, after much anticipation, Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom finally debuted on HBO. I really wanted to like this show because, even though I know he can be preachy, I like Aaron Sorkin and his previous two shows about the behind-the-scenes of television. Both Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip were their own shows, The Newsroom appears to be a rehash of Studio 60 with the only difference being the former takes place in a newsroom and the latter is about a late night sketch comedy show a la Saturday Night Live.

If I had never seen Studio 60, I would probably love The Newsroom. Instead, I spent all hour and fifteen minutes of the first episode wishing people would stop comparing everyone they find bland to Jay Leno, thinking Sam Waterston needs a hair cut and makes an awkward drunk, and searching for anachronisms and incorrect facts. Seriously, I was trying to determine if the cell phones used in the show were actually available in 2010 because the show lost my interest within the first 15 minutes.

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