“The Newsroom has a new opening credits sequence. Gone is the soupy paean to venerable television newsmen of yesteryear, replaced by images of New York City, of workroom frenzy, coffee cups spilling on newspaper, the sometimes errant bustle of getting things done. Thomas Newman’s swooning music still plays over all this, but without the invocations of Cronkite and Murrow, the tune feels sprightlier, more darting and witty than heavy-handed. From the get-go, the second season of Aaron Sorkin’s much-derided (and rightfully so) HBO drama, which premieres this Sunday night, is advertising its new sleekness. Having shed the weight of all its grand intentions, Sorkin’s show is suddenly freed; it’s livelier and looser and, I daresay, likable.”
I spoke with the “Veep” star about the new season, her favorite “Veep” lines and getting a call from the real veep, but we also talked about Tumblr.
In some of the Season 2 episodes that were sent out to the press, both Tumblr and Reddit come up. I know “Veep” and Elaine Benes are both big on Tumblr. Do you ever poke around on that blogging platform?
You know, I don’t. I guess I should, but I probably would be frightened if I did. I don’t know, but I don’t do it a lot … should I? Or would it be a huge mistake? [Laughs.]
I think it’s fun. There are all these GIFs of great Selina insults and moments. Right after the trailer for Season 2 came out, there were a bunch from there.
No shit! I gotta go on that and check it out. We have this meeting with HBO, sort of a social media meeting, and we were talking about going to all these places and … I can’t get over what people are putting out there. It’s pretty cool. Some of it’s cool, I guess some of it’s scary, but some of it’s cool.