The Newsroom 2 Seasons 2012

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Season 1
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Series Pilot. Surviving the fallout from a meltdown, ACN 'News Night' anchor Will McAvoy returns to his job and faces a new executive producer (a former girlfriend), a staff overhaul, and a breaking-news challenge.

Starring:
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer
Runtime:
1 hour 12 minutes

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We Just Decided To

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Greg Mottola
Starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer
Supporting actors Sam Waterston, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Margaret Judson, Adina Porter, Chris Chalk, Wynn Everett, Thomas Matthews, David Harbour
Season year 2012
Network HBO
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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87 of 96 people found the following review helpful By bangorlass VINE VOICE on 7 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
Every so often American TV comes up with an absolute stunner - 2012 has "The Newsroom" currently showing on Sky Atlantic. Created and written by Aaron Sorkin of West Wing fame, The Newsroom is set in the fictional Atlantis Cable News station. With Jeff Daniels playing Will McAvoy,anchor and managing editor of ACN's Newsnight programme, Emily Mortimer as Mackenzie McHale, his Executive Producer, and a very strong ensemble cast,the viewer sees the behind the scenes events prior to and after each evening broadcast. Each episode has been set around a major event in recent history e.g. Deepwater Horizon oil spill or the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and is intertwined with the personal stories, backgrounds and viewpoints of the Newsnight team.
Aaron Sorkin has created a first class drama with excellent scripts which are superbly delivered - Will McAvoy's monologue in the first episode gives an insight into the strength of writing and performance which The Newsroom, and Will in particular, showcase week in and week out. Each individual is extremely competent at their job and there is a strong team ethos with thought provoking analysis, highs and lows, humour and integrity. Problems and politics with the owners of the station, ably led by Jane Fonda, bubble along in the background and add to the events and day to day pressures.
I would strongly recommend The Newsroom and am delighted to note that it has been picked up for a second season, if I'd more than 5* available to award I would.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. Todman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
The newsroom is everything fans of the West Wing have been waiting for. Sorkin is back to his very best. The characters are quirky, lovable, and entwined. The dialogue is joyfully over elaborate. The plots deal with not only real issues in the news but with the values underlying the production of it. Like the West Wing, it is another window on the concerns of liberal America and the tensions which threaten to tear the Union apart. Sorkin was criticised by some in the media that this isn't a very realistic portrayal of life in a newsroom. His response was to say, "Who cares? This is meant to be entertainment". And as that, it is a five star show.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Raziel_uk on 13 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
It is rare nowadays that I manage to make it through a series - whether from the UK or the US - I usually get bored by second or third episode. However, The Newsroom is different!

From the very first scene showing Will McAvoy's very public breakdown to the last scene of the last episode, I was gripped by the series. I can't wait for the DVD to come out and am rather surprised that wasn't available for release the day after the last episode. I am so looking forward to watching it all again.

This will be in my grubby mitts as soon as it's out.
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66 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. F. Norton on 21 Mar 2013
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I think my view of "The Newsroom" is chequered by having already watched "The West Wing", which is one of my all-time favourite TV shows. If you are in that position with me, be prepared to both love and loathe "The Newsroom".

First of all, "The West Wing" was my first real introduction to Aaron Sorkin's work. Therefore, at the time his manner of writing was fresh and new to me. "The Newsroom" suffers the misfortune of having a predecessor to be compared with. It is instantly recognisable as a Sorkin piece:

* Should I repeat a statement to make it seem more important? Should I repeat a statement to make it seem more important?

* The main protagonist has father issues, a la Jed Bartlet. He's also very intelligent and had a brilliant career as a lawyer prior to his being an anchorman, a la Jed Bartlet. Oh and he defends his staff to the bitter end as if they were his family, a la Jed Bartlet.

* You have not one but three versions of the Josh/Donna relationship occurring concurrently. And two of them feel like very contrived situations. If you like being endlessly spun a yarn, then you're in the clear.

* The Josh Lyman foot-in-mouth moments are duplicated here aplenty.

There are many other examples I could list, but you get the idea. If anything, "The Newsroom" exposes Sorkin as a bit of a (brilliant) one-trick pony. This is the same formula, with the same heart, humour and passion as its older brother. A Sork-com, if you will.

Politically, if you're right-leaning you'll probably disapprove of the left-ish tendencies on offer. On the other hand, if you're left-leaning (and I am), you may get tired with being preached to, *incessently*.
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The age of "news as truth" seems to be over, except at Sorkin's Newsroom. Wonderfully scripted and containing characters that you warm to relatively quickly, contemporary issues are dealt with through a fictional newsroom daringly committed to informing the public of what really matters regardless of the ratings. Best Sorkin series since the West Wing. Pity it is only 10 episodes a year.
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I heard about this series from the reviews I read on Amazon so I thought I'd give it a try as I did with other series such as Breaking Bad, Broadwalk Empire and House of Cards etc and was pleasantly surprised with this gripping story of a TV newsroom staff on the job and in their personal lives . I will eventually get the second series to see how things develope
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