I watched the show, but I confess myself disappointed.
Not for any of the polemical reasons that critics usually dislike Sorkin's work (Studio 60 for example!)
I wanted to see more about the news gathering- the shaping of a story. The closest the show got to my expectations was the episode where Don deconstructed Nancy Grace's Casey Anthony coverage- masterful skewering! Why not more of that?
Otherwise I didnt learn anything new about the news industry. Nothing came as a surprise. It was like the news was just a backdrop for played out soapy froth.
Maggie, Jim, Don= Yawn
Will and McKenzie= Yawn.
Thwarted love has been so many times and done SO much better. These plotlines lacked any care.
Why not feature other news shows on the network?
Competition, in-fighting, egos clashing? Networks having to handle their prize fighting on-screen talent.
A Glen Beck, a Sean Hannity, a colossal Bill O'Reilly ego? Where were they?
Why was Dull Will the only anchor featured?
The impact of partisan rent-an-opinion pundits- where was that story?
Party PRs trying to get their point of view on screen.
There MUST be editorial meetings between RNC/ DNC and TV news execs- where was that?
Party PRs scrambling to finesse stories, downplaying disasters and scandals- where was that?
Essentially Sorkin gave us an expensive soap. Next season hopefully we'll see something new about the news.