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It’s only midway through the season, but Jerry Dantana (Hamish Linklater) has already emerged as the Mvp of The Newsroom’s sophomore year. Since he was introduced in the season premiere, the hyper-curious, ever-persistent, chronically underestimated Jerry often feels like the only journalist in the room. (Neal shares these qualities too, but he’s so robot-like that he doesn’t have the social awareness to draw stories – or sources – from people on the street. Remember when he wore his Acn ID badge to a no-journalists Occupy meeting? Yeah.) In a show that’s so much more often about packaging the news rather than discovering or gathering it, Jerry is the necessary outsider, and his presence brings a serious and focused energy that the show’s artificial suspense and screwball mania can’t compete with. The other strength of the second season is the way that the show’s made Will less of a mouthpiece for Aaron Sorkin »

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