The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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One Step Too Many 

Will makes an appearance on an ACN morning show. Jim meets old friends and foes when Hallie comes to visit. The ACN staff interview a general with knowledge of Operation Genoa, but Jerry's handling of the interview may prove costly.

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Julian Farino

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
Marcia Gay Harden ... Rebecca Halliday
Hope Davis ... Nina Howard
Stephen Root ... General Stomtonovich
Hamish Linklater ... Jerry Dantana
Grace Gummer ... Hallie Shea
Constance Zimmer ... Taylor Warren
Chris Chalk ... Gary Cooper
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Storyline

Late March, 2012: Continuing his coverage of the Republican candidacy race, Will continues to obsess over audience approval numbers while Nina convinces him he needs to soften his image. Jerry and Mac assemble the first few meetings of the Red Team for Genoa and find a potential source in a retired military official. Meanwhile, Maggie continues to deal with the side effects of her time in Africa and Jim and Hallie reunite. Written by Nadia Nassar

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Before the general's interview, it shows a "March Madness" game being played on TV, because he wanted to be able to watch the tournament during the interview. However, it is being played at the University of Kentucky and "UK" is listed as the home team. Teams cannot play on their home court during the NCAA Tournament. See more »

Quotes

Jim Harper: Do we even have Sarin gas?
Jerry Dantana: We're not supposed to. They were supposed to be destroyed by 2007 according to the Chemical Weapons convention but it wasn't. We still have it. The DOD confirms that.
Jim Harper: We may have it, but we've never used it. We didn't use it in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the First Gulf War and we were fighting people that did have...
Jerry Dantana: Those all happened before 9/11. We torture people now. We kidnap them, wire tap them...
Jim Harper: Drop deadly gas on civilians?
Jerry Dantana: It happened, Jim. This is the ...
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References Sex and the City (1998) See more »

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Fortune Teller
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Performed by Calexico
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they should choose people..
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.

One Step Too Many

The cases are getting elaborative but with it comes also the rudimentary process that without any necessity calls for melodrama that is clearly off putting, what's worse is how it undermines Daniel's amazing character too.


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