One day, psychologists will write about the two stages of the female development: the day she realises she’ll never marry her father and the day she realises Aaron Sorkin is a misogynistic, egotistic one TV-series, two movies wonder. Psychologists will suggest that there had been hints (doing another TV-themed show when the previous one had tanked, women on The Social Network, The President and Miss Wade) but that women, those feckless* beings, were too smitten by the walk-talks and C.J. Cregg to notice. Short of any appropriate Greek myth to explain this behaviour, psychologists will immediately devise a three step coping technique:
Step 1 - Avoidance: Avoid The Newsroom. Especially easy if you live in a country devoid of HBO and benefit from an Internet connection with a tendency to break down on Saturday mornings. Also avoid: any Newsroom review or recap, any article on the show misogynistic tendencies, any interview where Sorkin calls a reporter “Internet Girl”.
Step 2 - Reminiscence: Watch The West Wing, A Few Good Men, The Social Network and if you’re stuck Moneyball. Repeat. This should take you till after the end of the first season. Repeat when season 2 hits the screens. Repeat at will or until your DVDs wear out.
Step 3 - Moving on: Cheat on Bartlet with Birgitte Nyborg, his only rightful heir on 2010s TV. If subtitled Danish isn’t your thing, Veep and Political Animals are not “Two Cathedrals” yet, but they do have political drama potential.
* A word I learnt watching The West Wing, as in “Have I displeased you, you feckless thug” (this is not a guess the episode post)