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Exclusive: Aaron Sorkin is reconfirming his dedication to chronicling the rise and scandalous fall of a presidential candidate. The Newsroom and West Wing creator, one of Hollywood’s most outspoken voices in the recent Sony hacking attack, has extended his option on Nyt bestseller The Politician, Andrew Young’s explosive 2010 tell-all about the adultery scandal that ended former North Carolina Senator John Edwards’ 2008 Democratic Presidential campaign.
Young exposed shocking details of the married Edwards’ secret affair with campaign staffer Rielle Hunter that yielded an illegitimate child. The Politician revealed how Young, a volunteer in Edwards’ 1998 Senate run who became his trusted right hand man, was asked to help cover up Edwards’ adultery, fake paternity test results, and claim the child as his own for the Presidential hopeful.
The lid was blown when a tabloid newspaper uncovered the affair, which blindsided Edwards’ cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth and led to the implosion of Edwards’ presidential run. »
- Jen Yamato
Whatever else it's brought with it, 2014 has been an exemplary year for television. There's so much good stuff around that keeping on top of it has become a job of work. How many of us have started silently dreading hearing enthused recommendations from pals about new series? Who else has developed a nervous tick whenever they hear the words "Have you been watching...". There's simply Too. Much. TV.
Too much, however, is better than not enough. Too much enables debate, and better than that, it enables the ultimate geek pursuit: list-making. A fortnight ago, we asked our writers to nominate their favourite television episodes of the year and have been busily collating their votes and happily clicking Excel buttons ever since.
Here are the results: Den Of Geek »
Now that the wildly popular podcast Serial has come to a close, we're ready to watch the murder mystery unfold on the big screen -- and we know just who would play Jay, Sarah Koenig, Adnan Syed, Hae Min Lee and of course, Mr. S.
Photos: The 10 Biggest Breakout Stars of 2014
If you're unfamiliar with the true crime podcast that draws over 1 million listeners per week and is put on by the This American Life producers, Serial reexamines the 1999 murder of an 18-year-old Baltimore high school senior named Hae Min Lee.
Not long before Lee went missing, she had broken up with her boyfriend, then-17-year-old Adnan Syed, an honors student of the Muslim faith who was later tried and convicted for killing her. Adnan is now 33 and serving a life sentence for Hae's murder, but insists in a series of telephone interviews with producer Sarah Koenig that he's innocent.
The finish line is almost in sight, as the final five candidates get set to compete in one of the series' most memorable episodes: the interviews.
As Lord Sugar's trusted associates put them through their paces, one candidate makes the potentially fatal mistake of challenging the ruthless Claude Littner.
The British Comedy Awards: Channel 4, 9pm
Jonathan Ross hosts the annual ceremony in its 25th year, celebrating the best in British comedy.
With nominees including Matt Berry, Harry Enfield, Katherine Parkinson and Graham Norton, viewers should expect the unexpected, the unplanned and the unruly as some of the nation's favourite stars pick up their awards.
Will and Mac receive bad news, prompting them »
Though HBO would likely like a fourth season of The Newsroom, the series is ending with a shortened third season (interviews indicate that Aaron Sorkin made the decision to make this the final season). Will it go out with great ratings or will it fizzle? We shall see.
The Newsroom follows the behind-the-scenes world at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (Acn) channel. The cast includes Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, and Sam Waterston.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
Final season averages: 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.34 million total viewers.
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The first half of the winter finale for NBC’s “The Voice” was down slightly from last year’s numbers but still strong enough to allow NBC to dominate the Monday competition.
According to preliminary Nielsens, “Voice” garnered 2.9 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and 12.2 million viewers from 8-10 p.m. That’s down a few ticks from the comparable night last year (3.3/9, 12.7 mil) although NBC is projecting that the show will reach its year-ago mark in the live-plus-3 ratings.
At 10 p.m., “State of Affairs” (1.6/5, 6.5 mil) was in line with its performance of the past two weeks, and NBC was quick to note that the show has been adding significant numbers in the L3 and L7 measures.
CBS put up the only real competition of the night with 8 p.m. comedy “2 Broke Girls” (2.1/7, 7.8 mil) delivering the second-highest demo number of the night.
At 9 p.m., frosh drama “Scorpion »
- Cynthia Littleton
In the wake of the massive hack of Sony as the studio prepares to open its controversial comedy The Interview, star and co-writer Seth Rogen said he’s wondering how much he should “try to insert something that is a little bit above garbage” into his movies.
This in response to a question from George Stephanopoulos as to whether he, like the talk show producer he plays in the movie, is thinking about doing something “more serious” in the wake of the controversy that’s erupted over The Interview.
A group calling itself Guardians of Peace has claimed responsibility for the hack, which it says is in retaliation for Rogen’s movie about a talk show host (James Franco) and his producer who are asked by the CIA to assassinate North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. The group claims to have stolen 100 terabytes of data from Sony servers (10 terabytes can »
- Lisa de Moraes
Director: Anthony Hemingway
Synopsis: As Will refuses to reveal the source of the stolen government documents, despite the threat of legal action, Sloan and Mac search for a buyer for Acn.
Although The Newsroom has swerved more specific news stories and gradually veered over into the lives of the resourceful ensemble cast, it has continued to resonate with me as a fine piece of television that continues to entertain and inform, in various different ways. ‘Contempt’ is a curious five-day episode which carries on from where we left off with Will (Jeff Daniels) being handed a subpoena for withholding the government source of the classified information Acn have been given. It runs us around a course of Will not giving that information, which he says he has, up to the Supreme Court. Of course, whatever happens with the court side of affairs, our »
- Dan Bullock
Whether you loved to watch or loved to hate watch The Newsroom, there are probably quite a few scenes that you?ll continue to remember now that HBO has aired its series finale.
Regardless of your own political leanings, Aaron Sorkin?s show had sharp dialogue at times and always had an opinion about something. Agree or disagree with that something, you always paid attention and wanted to know what came next. (Or whether that next thing might make you cringe.)
We?ve collected our top ten scenes from the past three seasons... did we miss any of your favorites? »
Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Dec. 14 series finale of The Newsroom! If you haven’t seen the episode yet, stop reading now. On Sunday, Dec. 14, Will McAvoy and the rest of the News Night team signed off for good. HBO’s controversial Aaron Sorkin journalism show, The Newsroom, aired its series finale after three seasons of mixed reviews and ratings. Compared to last week’s explosive episode, complete with a death and controversial college rape story line, the series finale was pretty tame, tying up loose ends, but not [...] »
Olivia Munn is going from the newsroom to the voice booth!
The Newsroom star is leading the cast for a new animated Disney series, Miles From Tomorrowland – and it's the first significant voice role for the actress, ETonline has learned exclusively.
Miles From Tomorrowland, debuting in February on Disney Junior, follows the space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family -- mom and ship captain, Phoebe (voiced by Olivia); mechanical engineer dad, Leo; tech-savvy big sis, Loretta; and best friend robot ostrich, Merc -- as they connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.
"This is the first animated character I have voiced and I am having a blast!" Olivia, who previously lent her voice on episodes of Robot Chicken and Annoying Orange, told ETonline. "Phoebe is confident, warm and funny so I am trying to incorporate all those »
The Newsroom took its final bow last night in a shortened six-episode season that was just long enough to get Aaron Sorkin yelled at for a poorly conceived segment on campus rape last week. This finale wasn’t quite so controversial, yet I bet Sorkin will take flack for it anyway. The episode was a kind of epilogue, taking place as a split between Charlie’s funeral after his untimely demise last week, and an enormous series of flashbacks that occurred in the few weeks or days before the pilot aired, back when Will McAvoy was just your run-of-the-mill news anchor sellout. It was a weird way to structure the episode. I suppose the point was to demonstrate how Charlie was the mastermind behind getting everyone together to fix News Night, but it ended up being a rather convoluted tribute, taking up half the running time of the episode without adding anything… »
As the show drew to an infuriating end, Sorkin seized his final chance to tell journalists how to do their jobs – while his female characters remained pushed around by the men
I have a serious question: why doesn’t Aaron Sorkin become a journalist? He sure seems to have a lot of opinions about how journalists do their jobs. This weekend, he used his now (thankfully) defunct show The Newsroom and the pages of the New York Times to yell at those who have used the Sony Pictures hack to publish news stories about the goings-on at the movie studio.
At one point in the series finale, which aired on HBO on Sunday, MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) says that journalism isn’t a career – it’s a calling. Doesn’t it seem like Sorkin has heard that calling? Having made a lot of money off his Hollywood screenplays, he’s »
- Brian Moylan
To celebrate the release of the long-awaited comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber To starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, which is out in the UK this Friday, December 19th, we’ve got two fantastic merchandise packs to give away to our readers!
Dumb and Dumber To reunites Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty) and Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) as Lloyd and Harry and co-stars Kathleen Turner (The Virgin Suicides), Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Rob Riggle (The Other Guys), Steve Tom (The Campaign) and Rachel Melvin (Days of Our Lives) alongside the returning Cam Neely (Sea Bass) and Brady Bluhm (Billy in 4C).
To be in with a chance of winning, firstly make sure you like us on Facebook (or follow us on Twitter)…
…Then complete your details below, using the subject heading “Dumb And Dumber To”. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, December 27th. UK entrants only please.
By entering »
- Gary Collinson
Aaron Sorkin has hit out at the media for publishing details obtained by the hack on Sony Pictures' computers by the Guardians of Peace.
Leonardo DiCaprio labelled 'despicable' in hacked Sony emails
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"The Guardians just had to lob the ball; they knew our media would crash the boards and slam it in," said Sorkin.
"First, salaries were published. Not by the hackers, but by American news outlets."
He continued: "Then came the emails. A squabble between the Sony executive Amy Pascal and the producer Scott Rudin, an inappropriate and racially charged exchange, an insulting critique of recent Adam Sandler movies, a new idea for the Spider-Man franchise. Published. Everywhere."
Sorkin admitted that he was »
So Aaron Sorkin? As Claude Rains said at the end of “Casablanca,” “As I suspected, you’re a rank sentimentalist.” Then again, anyone who has stuck with “The Newsroom” through its three interesting, exhausting, at times aggravating seasons — or for that matter, “The West Wing” in its heyday — won’t find that to be a major surprise, or always a bad thing.
Yes, the writer rails against the failings of the modern media, but that’s because of his faith in the nobler aspects of the calling. Yet in romanticizing the news, his fictionalized work didn’t just preach, capitalizing on the benefit of hindsight to illustrate where journalists have fallen short, but too often rang hollow.
Those excesses, for good and ill, were evident throughout this finishing six-episode arc and Sunday’s series finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), which followed the sudden death of news »
- Brian Lowry
A few thoughts on "The Newsroom" series finale coming up just as soon as I'm a newsman on the side... "What Kind of Day Has It Been" was the title of the first season finales of all three of Sorkin's previous TV shows, and now the title of the final "Newsroom" — which, at 25 episodes total, was only slightly longer than any of those shows' first seasons. Structurally, it resembled other things Sorkin has done in the past — the flashbacks were evocative of "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" from "The West Wing" — and with most of this show's personal relationship business long since wrapped up, he used the finale to tweak the characters' history a bit to acknowledge different ways in which the show fell short. So it turned out, for instance, that Jenna's seemingly oblivious question from the pilot was actually intended as a desperate plea for optimism from »
- Alan Sepinwall
Warning: The following contains spoilers from Sunday’s series finale of The Newsroom.
Will McAvoy’s quixotic mission to civilize comes to an end in the series finale of The Newsroom, so it’s only fitting for the series to look back on how much progress the News Night anchor has made — as a journalist and a human being — in the four years since we first met him.
Verdict: Goodness gracious, what a complete ass he was when this whole thing started, eh?
The flashback-heavy episode, framed by Charlie’s funeral, illuminates the path that led Mac to accept the »
[Warning: The following story contains spoilers from the series finale of HBO's The Newsroom. Read at your own risk.]
Even though The Newsroom's series finale featured a funeral, it was unlike the final send-offs of so many other death-obsessed cable dramas. Instead, the message of the final hour of Aaron Sorkin's latest (and last?) TV series was simple: Life goes on.
Postmortem:The Newsroom star breaks down that shocking death
Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and their team of idealistic staffers gathered to say goodbye to their former boss Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston), who died of a heart attack in the penultimate episode while fighting with new corporate owner Lucas Pruit (Bj Novak). But the finale still featured plenty of Charlie, as flashbacks illuminated...
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- Adam Bryant
[Warning: Spoilers ahead from the Dec. 14 series finale of HBO's The Newsroom.] The Newsroom’s series finale unfolded like an ode to the late Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston), taking place at his funeral and often flashing back to earlier moments in the drama between the beleaguered newsman and his team. The finale also tied up a number of uncertainties from earlier in the show, while dealing with the fallout from Charlie’s death. It is revealed at the funeral that network owner Lucas Pruitt (B.J. Novak) is in the middle of a public relations nightmare, resulting from a hard partying, but oddly eccentric lifestyle.
- Sean Eckhardt
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