The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers 

A lawyer interviews Will McAvoy about an institutional failure at ACN related to a news story that has been proved inaccurate.



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Cyrus West (as Ben Koldyke)


A lawyer interviews Will McAvoy about an institutional failure at ACN related to a news story that has been proved inaccurate.

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14 July 2013 (USA)  »

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Rebecca Halliday states that Maggie looks like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which was a film directed by David Fincher. Aaron Sorkin (creator) wrote The Social Network which was also directed by David Fincher. See more »


Rebecca Halliday: Fourteen months ago, you went on the air and called the Tea Party 'the American Taliban'.
Will McAvoy: I did.
Rebecca Halliday: And?
Will McAvoy: The Taliban resented it.
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You Better You Bet
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
Played during Mackenzie's interview and the end credits
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Still "Very Good"......not Great.
15 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My first disappointment and bewilderment, was the new arrangement of the theme song played during the opening credits. What possessed Sorkin to tweak perfectly good theme music we've all gotten used to and I personally enjoyed, to a an arrangement trying to keep the basic melody, but messed with to the point of almost ruining it.....who knows. It is probably one of the weirdest waste of a series' budget in Network history.

That aside, the show was still as creative as prior episodes, but deciding to use a fictional story to justify the crew being spanked by the network's lawyers, was a slight letdown for me. It really depends on what driving force draws you to watch this show.

My infatuation with the series was the fact that real news stories were used, and the fictional part of the show was the fluff surrounding the character's love lives. In the season opener we are shocked to see "Maggie" (Allison Pill) with a trashed haircut and screaming red hair. The excuse was, that something terrible happened to her on a trip to Africa, and she cut it off and colored it in frustrated depression.

However, the way it plays out on screen, it sounded more like a bad plot excuse for Miss Pill's new haircut she botched in the off season.

Personally, I am tired of "Flashbacks" in movies and TV shows. The way it appears from the 1st episode, the entire new season may be a flashback to justify the first scene in the first episode.......we'll see.

One other negative plot idea in my opinion is that Jim (Senior Producer) is all of a sudden "so in love with Maggie", that he tells his boss "Mac" to either send him out of town on Romney's campaign bus, or fire him. I think that was a dumb plot excuse to have him disappear for two weeks so another Senior Producer that takes his place, could take the blame for whatever they're all being spanked for.

Other than those little tweaks, it's business as usual for the Newsroom Series, that still entertains despite its bewildering aspects.

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