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HBO presents a series from the fertile mind of Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and executive produced by Sorkin, Scott Rudin and Alan Poul. Smart, topical, humorous and highly entertaining, The Newsroom takes a behind-the-scenes look at a high-rated cable-news program at the fictional ACN Network, focusing on the on- and off-camera lives of its acerbic anchor (Jeff Daniels), new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), their newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and others) and their news-division boss (Sam Waterston). Overcoming a tumultuous first day together â climaxing in a newsflash that a BP oil rig has just exploded in the Gulf of Mexico â the team sets out on a patriotic if quixotic mission to "do the news well" in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, and their own personal entanglements.

Starring:
John Gallagher Jr, Olivia Munn
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Newsroom: Season 2

Product Details

Discs
  • Newsroom, The - Season 2 - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Newsroom, The - Season 2 - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • Newsroom, The - Season 2 - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 7 hours 53 minutes
Starring John Gallagher Jr, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Sam Waterston, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Emily Mortimer, Jeff Daniels
Director Alan Poul, Jeremy Podeswa, Lesli Linka Glatter
Genres Drama
Studio Warner Home Video
Rental release 27 October 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing French, Polish
Subtitles Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, French, English, Polish
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Newsroom, The - Season 2 - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Newsroom, The - Season 2 - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • Newsroom, The - Season 2 - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 7 hours 53 minutes
Starring John Gallagher Jr, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Sam Waterston, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Emily Mortimer, Jeff Daniels
Director Alan Poul, Jeremy Podeswa, Lesli Linka Glatter
Genres Drama
Studio Warner Home Video
Rental release 27 October 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Spanish, French
Subtitles Finnish, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, French, English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 59 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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37 of 42 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on 28 Jan. 2015
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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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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this series looks at something you'd think they'd never show- the News going wrong, and in such a a way that it could mean careers ending. The flash backs and flash forwards are brilliant. It doesn't feel rushed, or that they're not giving any characters enough time. It's nice to see more of Sloan this series as well.
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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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By Paul A. Nicholls on 13 Feb. 2015
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For me The Newsroom is up there with The Wire and West Wing. Pure genius writing and compelling viewing.
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