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HBO's original series "The Newsroom" stars Jeff Daniels as an anchor for a major network news show, and his relationship with several members of his support staff. Daniels' character, Will McAvoy, has a resurgence of popularity following a tirade he goes on during a televised debate. His staff, however, abandons him to join a different news anchor at the station, and he's forced to rebuild. Along with producer Mackenzie MacHale (Emily Mortimer) -- with whom Will had previous been in a relationship -- the two create a new newscast with the stated goal of not pandering to advertising dollars and attempting to keep the public informed on important events.
"The Newsroom" starts out in 2010, a mere two years before the show's 2012 launch date, and covers well known events such as the BP Oil Spill and the 2010 elections with an eye towards setting the facts straight on common misconceptions surrounding those events. Events move into 2011 early in the series with events like the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords taking the spotlight for an episode, and the Japanese earthquake and ensuing nuclear disaster playing into another. Although Will is a registered Republican he spares no one from his withering editorials. In early episodes he takes aim at the Tea Party and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, but also sets aside time to take President Barrack Obama to task for his handling of the BP Oil Spill crisis. His mission is to tell the facts as they are, no matter who is skewing them.
Behind the scenes of News Night -- "The Newsroom"'s fictional news show -- Will's staff make and break relationships, argue over what constitutes news and do everything they can to follow up on leads. These characters, frontlined by Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill), the young newcomer to the business, bring an element of comedy to the show and lighten up what are otherwise very serious events. These characters humanize the show and give Will's abrasive personality a foil to work off of. Lastly, in the background Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston) is Will's boss who does everything he can to keep the show alive, despite the protests of an increasingly aggravated upper-management.
"The Newsroom" continues the fine HBO tradition of original programming which provides a thoughtful, and often comical, look into aspects of life we don't normally see. The antics of News Night's support staff -- such as one staffer's crusade to prove the existence of Big Foot -- keep things light and entertaining, while Will McAvoy tackles difficult issues that are often misrepresented by liberals and conservatives alike. People from all political viewpoints can enjoy "The Newsroom" and its engaging cast of characters.
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A sudden death has Will and Mac pondering the milestones that transformed the newsroom, and looking ahead towards ACN's uncertain future.
Incarcerated for contempt, Will declines revealing the name of Neal's government source.
Facing a court subpoena and jail time, Will refuses to identify the source of the stolen DOD documents. As Charlie's dislike for Lucas increases, Sloan and Mac search desperately for a more acceptable 11th-hour buyer for ACN.
Leona and Reece look to raise cash in order to salvage ACN and thwart Blair and Randy.
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It's the end of yet another Aaron Sorkin era. HBO's "The Newsroom" will be ending its run after the upcoming third season, as confirmed by the network's president of programming Michael Lombardo. The Newsroom is classic Aaron Sorkin—smart, riveting and thought-provoking," said Lombardo. "I'm sure this farewell season will be one to remember." That "Newsroom" was coming back for a third season isn't much of a surprise. Jeff Daniels, who plays the lead in the cable-news-set drama, told reporters that there would be a third season back when he won an Emmy in September for the role.
Aaron Sorkin’s political-journalism drama, "The Newsroom," had its second-season debut on HBO last night, and reaction was mixed. Salon.com says that the new season is "much-improved and shockingly relevant," while Flavorwire saw something different, noting that the premier "brought us a little bit of new and a whole lot of old." As evidence of the show’s continuing tendency to ramble on a bit, actor Rainn Wilson observed via Twitter that "I can knit an entire pot holder over the course of The Newsroom's title sequence.
Reactions to this year’s Oscars were mixed, with host Seth MacFarlane throwing in a bit more raunch than viewers are used to expecting… especially the opening number, which detailed, in song, which movies present female actress’ naked breasts. There was one actress who particularly objected to the host. “The Newsroom” actress Jane Fonda had a few choice words on her blog. “What I really didn’t like was the song and dance number about seeing actresses boobs.
Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you: you're fumbling around with your smartphone, trying to delete one of your photos, but then instead you accidentally tweet a topless photo of yourself to 14,000 people. No? No one? Well, it happened to Alison Pill. The star of "The Newsroom" sent out a pic of herself lying on the bed wearing a big pair of glasses and not much else to her 14,000-plus Twitter followers today, but quickly realized the error and deleted the tweet.
Yes, this sketch video is called "Ghost Tits." Bear with me here. It's worth it. You might remember a movie called "Flightplan" from a while back, which starred Jodie Foster as a woman who lost her daughter but was told that she never existed in the first place. Well, this fake trailer is for a movie that has basically the same plot, except with boobs instead of a daughter. The video is from sketch comedy group Paulilu, and centers on a man who is perfectly happy with his girlfriend ("The Newsroom" star Olivia Munn) until her boobs shrink.
Is Aaron Sorkin, creator of "The Newsroom," stealing material... from himself? An eagle-eyed (or eared) fan has picked up on the fact that Mr. Sorkin, who is regarded as one of the best writers out there (and has the Oscar to prove it), plagiarizes himself from time to time. You could call it "recycling dialogue" if you wanted, but the fact remains that there are Sorkinisms that repeat across different shows. The proof is on YouTube: a fan has created a supercut of repeated Sorkin lines across different platforms.
Time will tell whether it follows up and capitalizes as "True Blood" and "Game of Thrones" so clearly did. But for a time, "The Newsroom" has a received a warm HBO welcome. Sunday night's premiere rating lumps it into select, encouraging company. The Aaron Sorkin drama tearing away a fictitious cable news network's curtain made its anticipated bow last night to an audience of 2.7 million viewers across two airings. In the past four seasons, not many HBO series premieres have fared as well.