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The Newsroom - Season 2 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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All nine episodes from the second season of the HBO drama created by Aaron Sorkin. The show takes a look behind the scenes of the fictional Atlantis Cable News and follows the newsroom staff, including anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and executive producer MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer). While covering various news stories the staff also deal with issues in their personal lives. In this series, Will has to contend with leaked information and false tip-offs, associate producer Maggie (Alison Pill) makes a trip to Uganda and the team cover the run-up to and the night of the 2012 election. The episodes are: 'First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers', 'The Genoa Tip', 'Willie Pete', 'Unintended Consequences', 'News Night With Will McAvoy', 'One Step Too Many', 'Red Team III', 'Election Night: Part I' and 'Election Night: Part II'.
HBO presents the second season of The Newsroom, the one-hour drama created by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and executive produced by Sorkin, Scott Rudin and Alan Poul. Smart, topical, thoughtprovoking and highly entertaining, The Newsroom takes a behind-the-scenes look at a high-rated cable-news program at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) Network, focusing on the on- and off-camera lives of its acerbic anchor (Jeff Daniels), executive producer (Emily Mortimer), their newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and others), news-division boss (Sam Waterston) and parent-company CEO (Jane Fonda). Season 2 will take place over a five-day period leading up to Election Day 2012, and will encompass numerous flashbacks to earlier events from 2011 and 2012. One of the season’s major story arcs involves a wrongful-termination lawsuit made by a staff member alleged to have doctored a report about a suspicious U.S. drone strike. As details about the suit’s origin and aftermath emerge, The Newsroom team continues its quixotic mission to “do the news well” in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, and their personal entanglements.
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As ever, Aaron Sorkin's scripts have much to say - actors needing to deliver at speed streams of facts, strong defence of actions taken, the questioning increasingly intense. Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Sam Waterston magnificently head a cast all on top form.
Although dialogue is fast paced, what a joy to be able to follow every word! Elsewhere so often a series is marred by mumbling, gabbling and intrusive music tracks.
Nine episodes of around fifty minutes, Aaron Sorkin describing the background of each. Commentaries.
All the way through thoughts are provoked - as with the devastating report on Congress's voting record, Republican news anchorman Will's scathing views on what the Party has now become.
Humour is there (but close attention needed if fully to appreciate) - banter often witty and extremely funny. In contrast, there is much that genuinely moves - not least the heartrending reason why Maggie's hair is now such a mess.
Salute here a series featuring actors and characters all masters of their craft. Truly excellent.
I felt about the British actress Emily Mortimer as ‘Mac’ rather as I felt about her performance in the film ‘Harry Brown’ a few years ago: I simultaneously like the personality she projects on screen yet do not find her fully convincing in the role. She is the daughter of John Mortimer, barrister and author of the ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’ stories. I think her family know a lot of influential people which perhaps helps her get somewhat bigger parts than she would on talent alone.
With this show, I don't feel like I'm watching actors on a set act out their lines, I feel like I'm immersed in this world. Like above that's how well acted and written this is. It's not just Jeff Daniels, the whole cast is stellar and on form.
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