The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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News Night with Will McAvoy 

March 16, 2012: As fighting erupts in Syria and investigations into the killing of Trayvon Martin begin, Will receives a surprise phone call from his father. Meanwhile, pictures of Sloan ... See full summary »

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Alan Poul

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 9 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
Frank Wood ... Shep Pressman
James Hamrick ... Jesse
Chris Chalk ... Gary Cooper
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
Wynn Everett ... Tamara Hart
Thomas Matthews ... Martin Stallworth
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Storyline

March 16, 2012: As fighting erupts in Syria and investigations into the killing of Trayvon Martin begin, Will receives a surprise phone call from his father. Meanwhile, pictures of Sloan posing naked appear on the web and Jim believes Maggie's performance at work is being affected by her time in Uganda. Written by Nadia Nassar

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Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The episode takes place entirely within one episode of the fictional news program News Night with Will McAvoy. See more »

Goofs

Maggie cut and dyed her hair after coming back from Africa. Only several months later she has again long blond hair. See more »

Quotes

MacKenzie McHale: [Will has just learned about the death of his father and has stared at the news anchor's desk for 35 seconds following a commercial break] Well, I guess it's just us now.
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There is no music over the closing credits. Usually, there is music or people speaking over the credits. See more »

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References Top Gun (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

The Newsroom Main Theme
Written by Thomas Newman
Performed by Thomas Newman
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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 02

Attempting to overcome the limitations of the previous seasons, this exploration of a news channel is now more focused in the professional life than the personal one, but still it doesn't suggest that they are going to draw out a magic rabbit out of the hat, it still is a story we have all heard of.

News Night With Will McAvoy

Taking charge finally on the screen is Daniels and he never flinches on delivering his best but the power this time in hand is Mortimer but she fails to ooze the genuine rage out of her, and just like Munn, the content seems misused.


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