The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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News Night 2.0 

The news team make their first stumble when their spotlight on Arizona's new immigration law turns into a pundit free-for-all debacle.

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Alex Graves

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer ... MacKenzie McHale
John Gallagher Jr. ... Jim Harper
Alison Pill ... Maggie Jordan
Thomas Sadoski ... Don Keefer
Dev Patel ... Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn ... Sloan Sabbith
Sam Waterston ... Charlie Skinner
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
Chris Chalk ... Gary Cooper
Margaret Judson ... Tess Westin
Wynn Everett ... Tamara Hart
Thomas Matthews ... Martin Stallworth
John F. Carpenter ... Herb Wilson
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Storyline

Less than a week after their breakthrough report on the Gulf oil spill, McAvoy wants to lead with Arizona's new immigration law that Governor Brewer will sign that day. Jim preps Maggie for her call to Brewer's press aide in advance of McAvoy's interview of the governor, which will open the broadcast. Maggie neglects to give Jim a crucial bit of information - and the show doesn't go as planned. Will heads roll? Meanwhile, MacHale lays out her vision of the program to McAvoy - is he in or out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

HBO Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

In the opening scene, a large piece of plaster falls on Will McAvoy's desk. The same thing happens to Josh Lyman in the The West Wing episode, "The Short List", also written by Aaron Sorkin. See more »

Goofs

The show is set April 23, 2010, however the Sarah Palin clip used in the newscast was from June 15, 2010. See more »

Quotes

Gary Cooper: [after Mackenzie throws her phone to the ground, crushes it, and then pours tea on it] That was unusual.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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High and Dry
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Written by Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway, Thom Yorke and Ed O'Brien
Performed by Radiohead
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22 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Newsroom

Sorkin's admirable attempt to dramatize the news section with a gut wrenching anatomy on behind the scenes of this show business, is one of the biggest upset ever to come across the screen. And not because of its failure on various aspects, it still falls under mediocrity but the expectations that it brought with such caliber of cast and makers, it is surely a swing and a miss. Sorkin's signature writing patterns is clearly visible as it is brimmed with competitive arguments and too many verbal sparring that moves with ferocious pace, he always keeps his audience on the edge of their seat trying to keep up with the narration.

But as much political galore this vision is, the actual content, the core of the drama that it has to and does rely upon is the real culprit in here. The conversations are chalky and the connections of the plots to pass the storyline forward is poorly weaved out. It seems like the venue has changed but the usual love affairs and breaking and mending of equations, is still their, the seen-this-seen-that details are outdated and audience is much smarter than this. The execution too isn't appropriately handled along with the camera work that is more pretentious than it is productive.

The only responsible man that makes your time worth is Daniels, in his morally complex and socially challenged coat that he is in, which too may seem like your usual anti-hero, but has much to offer as the character ages on screen. Supporting parallel-y is Mortimer whose quirkiness is easily absorbing, than her drama is, to be fair she isn't given the range to factor on a larger scale. Other supporting cast like Pill, Patel, Munn, Sadoski and Gallagher Jr. are the weak links to the series. The Newsroom could have been much more than just news, and this time even Sorkin couldn't convince us to watch the news.

Season 01

The euphoric energy that ignites its pilot, never wears off throughout the season, but with none whatsoever new concrete material to offer in terms of characters or the equations between them, this is probably the most disappointing writing to come from Sorkin's magic bag.

News Night 2.0

Once again, there is no flamboyancy in writing, one has to look over the obvious lumps to really taste the thrills of live news feed, but still what catches our eyes is the humor in relationship of Mortimer and Daniels.


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