The Newsroom 3 Seasons 2013

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Season 2
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Season Two Premiere. Will and the News Night staff are questioned by their lawyer about a story they've aired that's become a network crisis. An on-air remark from Will has him pulled from 9/11 anniversary coverage.

Starring:
Jeff Daniels,Emily Mortimer
Runtime:
52 minutes

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First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers

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Season 2

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Alan Poul
Starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer
Supporting actors Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Sam Waterston, Jane Fonda, John Gallagher Jr., Chris Messina, Dev Patel, David Harbour, Chris Chalk, Adina Porter, Wynn Everett, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Nick Gehlfuss, Grace Gummer, Joel Johnstone, John Carpenter, Trieu Tran, Riley Voelkel
Season year 2013
Network HBO
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. Todman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
I need to lay my cards on the table: I think the Newsroom is currently the best thing on TV. I don't think it quite matches up to the West Wing, in terms of plot or characters, but Sorkin's writing of sumptuous dialogue, his lifting of the curtain on the values of news production, and his insights into the tensions between liberals and conservatives in America make this compelling viewing.

I enjoyed the first season a lot but I think this second one is even better. By the end of the first season I was a bit worn out by the love triangles. In this series it is the triangulation of three news events which binds the series together. The main one is an American black op called "Genoa". The other two are Jim's trail of the Romney campaign and Maggie's disastrous trip to Africa. Tarantino-style, Sorkin traverses time, cutting into these stories in a non-linear way to show their impact on each other, the effects on the characters, and the implications for the network broadcasting Will McAvoy's show. It simultaneously puts the viewer ahead and behind of the game, depending whether Sorkin wants us to guess what has happened or to see how the characters uncover what we already know has gone on.

The other main reason I prefer this season is that the first one was dominated by five characters- Will, MacKenzie, Don, Jim and Maggie. Because of the familiarity built with these characters first time out, while their stories remain important, there is much more space to develop others. Personally I was delighted Neil, Dev Patel's character, and Sloan were given some great story lines, as well as some top comedy moments.

This was a great second helping of the Newsroom- script, acting, story-telling, and production were all top notch. I can't wait for thirds.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. D. Wimpress on 30 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
The first season of The Newsroom was a sublime and compelling adventure into the world of a fictitious US TV news desk - dealing with actual events and issues - with the benefit of hindsight. It was utterly brilliant (perhaps with the exception of the unfortunate, line toeing & gung-ho "we got him" Bin Laden episode - against the grain).

The second season does not disappoint - in fact it is probably even better. We go deeper into the character dramas, having our previous knowledge to build upon and deeper and more thoughtfully into the news issues. We meet some great new characters and Jane Fonda provides us with some more wonderful scenes.

We are left in no doubt as to Aaron Sorkin's political persuasions - which is fine by me as I consider him spot on (enjoyment of Bin Laden death excepted).

A superb series. Cannot wait until the third, fourth, fifth ....
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I really think series 2 is better then series 1 (and I enjoyed series 1 a lot). It has more of a focus around one issue that comes to a head at the end of the series and I love the fact that the episodes slip back and forth in time to fold this in. Non linearity seems to be the new black but it works well here. It's also much less preachy then series 1.
The episode "Newsnight with Will MacAvoy" is one of the best bits of TV I have watched in a long time. I could easily go back and watch that time and again and get something else out of it.
Great dialogue, great pace and just really, really smart. My attention never wavered the whole time, and I have the attention span of a fly.
If I have a critique, it's that I think the characters are sometimes clever devices for the smartness of the dialogue, rather then completely rounded, although they have enough charm to get away with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E M on 16 Jan. 2015
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A great second season of this terrific slow-burn show by Aaron Sorkin. The dialogue is superb, and the way the episodes shift around chronological time to tell the stories is really very clever and effective. Looking forward to Season 3!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paperboy on 16 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
The best thing to come out of US TV since the West Wing. Can't wait for the third season!
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By Lwax on 16 Jan. 2015
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Gripping drama which blends the excitement of "real news" with personal stories. The acting and script are superb.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Vernon M. Hewitt VINE VOICE on 2 Aug. 2014
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As with the West Wing, this series is hard hitting and perfectly scripted. It underlines the incredible strength of current US drama. The depiction of the Tea Party - which you sense comes from deep inside Sorkis' soul - has not, to my Whiggish sensibilities, been bettered. One might quibble with the Sorkin Myth that there was this golden age of America, that the Republic fell into this factional divisive period recently, but that is besides the point: The interview scene at North Western is one of the most remarkable pieces of drama I have seen for a very long time. It is a joy - and a relief - to watch.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lucas on 21 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
If you really liked season one but don't like shows with gratuitous, non stop camera movements then my suggestion is: Keep the good memory of season one, which was terrific, and don't order this set.

If you don't notice or don't care about gratuitous and not stop zooms and pans, then just don't read this review. It is not for you.

The stories and dialogues are terrific. It is just so good to hear intelligent, non BBC and non biased dialogues about "occupy Wall Street", for example. The actors are very good but do people speak that fast? I wonder if they were instructed to speak the faster they could so they could put all dialogues, which are excellent, in the 50 minutes or so episodes.

Unfortunately I couldn't really concentrate on those good dialogues or on those good stories because the camera wouldn't stop moving. Short and fast zooms are used all the time when people are talking. And then there are the very sloooooooooooow zooms and one pan after another. Episode three is the worse. The camera kept moving in circles and spinning so much that I felt from my chair.

After that episode I started to fast forward the episodes, stopping here and there for the most important moments. Moments that were always ruined by the stupid, stupid camerawork. You see, our eyes move up and down, right and left. But they don't zoom and they don't spin around (unless you are drunk out of your mind). Zoom is too artificial, too distracting, too gratuitous.

What were they thinking? Do they think that this show, talking about the inside of elections from a journalistic point of view, for example, would have as main viewers teenagers who spend all time playing with their stupid, as opposed to smart, phones?
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