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The Newsroom 3 Seasons 2012

A news anchor has found a safe niche with his cable show, "News Night", but his life is stirred up when he is forced to work with a new team of colleagues.

Starring:
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

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1. We Just Decided To

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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2012 1 hour, 12 minutes
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2. News Night 2.0

Mac asserts control over the new incarnation of News Night and enlists a beautiful and brainy on-air economist, Sloan Sabbith, to do a nightly segment. Jim takes the fall for a Maggie miscue; a long-festering breakup secret gets out.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2012 57 minutes
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3. The 112th Congress

In an on-air editorial, Will apologizes for past newscasts and promises a new era of integrity for News Night. Will's new approach rankles CEO Leona Lansing. Jim soothes Maggie during a panic attack; Don charges Elliot to get in the game.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2012 58 minutes
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4. I'll Try to Fix You

Will's 'mission to civilize' takes a hit when he finds himself in the tabloid spotlight. Wade approaches Will with a story; Don gets Maggie to fix Jim up with her roommate; Will refuses to follow the media rumor mill and make a call on a breaking story.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2012 59 minutes
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5. Amen

In the midst of its coverage of the ouster of Egyptian President Mubarak, the 'News Night' team learns of a teachers' protest in Wisconsin, prompting them to get side-by-side views of the simultaneous uprisings on air.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2012 54 minutes
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6. Bullies

Will keeps a long-standing therapy appointment. Subbing for Elliot during the Japanese nuclear crisis, Sloan's interrogation of a Tokyo power-company spokesperson lands her in hot water. Will comes to recognize the causes and effects of being a bully.

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7. 5/1

An anonymous source contacts Charlie and provides advance details on an imminent story of national importance. When news breaks that the President will be making a televised speech that night, the 2.0 staff cuts short its anniversary party.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2012 52 minutes
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8. The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn

News Night's refusal to lead with a pair of sensational stories causes ratings to plummet--and forces Will and Mac to abandon their principles in order to lure back viewers and shore up the network's bid to land a Republican debate.

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9. The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate

Will and the staff stage a mock debate for two Republican Party officials. Mac has an epiphany during a power outage; Charlie vets the credibility of an NSA insider; Lisa goes off-script during an interview; Neal goes undercover as an internet troll.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2012 55 minutes
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10. The Greater Fool

Season One Finale. Nina Howard surprises Mac with a damning revelation; Jim and Maggie reach a crossroad; Sloan weighs a new job offer; Neal uses his internet alter-ego to smoke out a threat. Will, Mac, and Charlie face off with Leona and Reese.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2012 1 hour, 1 minute
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By Gill VINE VOICE on 7 Sept. 2012
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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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The opening eight minutes of the first episode explodes in your face like a well shaken can of fizzy pop.
The show itself deals with the behind the scenes comings and goings of - you've guessed it, a Newsroom. Jeff Daniels plays the charismatic, yet belligerent and socially awkward, Will McAvoy, a news anchor for a cable network news channel. Paired alongside him is the tremendous Emily Mortimer as the kooky, loveable, yet brilliant, MacKenzie McHale as his executive producer. These two are just the tip off an exceptional iceberg of talent, and the strong cast do a great job engaging you into their world.
Now back to that eight minutes. I think this is a fantastic show, and while I appear to be a little late to the party I will recommend it to anyone who will listen. This usually goes one of two ways. "Yeah, Jake, that sounds really boring." And they don't watch it. Or "Yeah, Jake, that sounds really boring." Then they watch it and love it. The series opens strongly as it sees the producers of the fictional news show deciding to rethink how they 'do' the news. The concept is a noble one and it definitely makes you sit back and think.
Toward the second half of the series it does become a little more human drama focused, which is a shame in some ways, but by then you are fully invested in the characters and happy to go with the flow and see their individual crises play out. However, and this is why it is only four stars, it never really hits the high note of that opening eight minutes. That doesn't mean it isn't a great show, more like a fantastic meal where the best thing you ate was the starter and you wish you had just ordered three of them instead of a main and a dessert.
All in all, a much needed breath of fresh air from AAPD (another acronymed police drama) to give the old brain a little work out.
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So if you like your drama about the interplay and script, then this is for you. If you like shoot me ups, look elswhere.
As a big fan of the west wing and a big hater of studio 60 , I waitied for sometime before choosing to watch Sorkin's next offering. It didn't dissappoint. It was fast and sassy and funny with a few serious "Wow" moments - especially that first scene....
I dont think I am as invested in the characters as I was in the West Wing. The big time jumps in the episodes sometimes hinder that. I think the exploration of his "Issues" and the news items which appear are a bit superficial, but hey I'm a geek. Also it is typically Sorkin-esque and preachy from time to time. Get through this if you can, he gets over it in season 2 and it is well worth the investment of time and mild cringe when he goes off on one.
It's one of the few things I would consider re-watching a few times to absorp more of what's happening and to consider the layers of what's presented. Bravo Mr Sorkin.
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There’s a coterie of screen writers working on US TV that are synonymous with quality drama: Steve Bochco (NYPD Blue & LA Law); David Milch (Deadwood): David E Kelly (Boston Legal); Chris Carter (Millenium & X Files); David Chase (Sopranos) and David Simon (The Wire). There are certainly more than a few others but there’s no denying that close to the top of anyone’s list – if not at the pinnacle – would be Aaron Sorkin.

His list of movie writing credits speaks for itself: A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball, and the upcoming Steve Jobs.

As for his small screen output: what's left to say? I loved the West Wing (see my review: 5 Star: Sheer class from the first episode to the last... 17 Jan. 2015). I also rated his other shows, among them: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which, sadly, only ran for one season.

Being of an enquiring mind I took a look at some of the 1 and 2 star reviews this series has gained. Now, far be it from me to criticize my fellow reviewers’ comments but some of them are enough to make you weep. For those who have written: ‘Absolutely terrible’; ‘Not entertaining’; ‘Boring, over-acted’ and ‘Dire’, you do wonder what their idea of a good, entertaining, well-acted series might be. Still, each to his or her own, I guess.

The clever twist with this series, for me at any rate, is that all the news stories covered by the ‘Newsroom’ are real events with real news footage included. By writing the episodes well after the incidents portrayed – but by filming them as if they are unfolding within the show – Sorkin brings a real urgency to the stories. The writing’s intelligent, smart and witty and often laugh-out-loud funny. Typical Sorkin, then.
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