Love This? The Newsroom
Aaron Sorkin’s polarizing, walk-and-talky HBO series, starring Jeff Daniels as a hotheaded anchorman, skewers the journalistic and ethical shortcomings of ratings-driven cable news networks.
Try This! The Imperfectionists
Round-the-clock media might be killing newspapers, but Tom Rachman’s novel-in-stories about the outsize personalities at a Rome-based English-language daily is utterly headline-worthy.
Love This? Bunheads
On this surprisingly affecting ABC Family dramedy, Broadway superstar Sutton Foster plays Michelle, a Vegas showgirl–turned–small-town dance mentor — who also happens to be a huge mess in her personal life.
Try This! The Cranes Dance
Speaking of huge messes, Meg Howrey’s addictive novel pulls back the curtain on the world of New York City ballet. Turns out these perfectly poised swans aren’t so graceful off stage.