The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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The 112th Congress 

As the news team covers the Tea Party candidates during the US Congressional mid-term elections, the network 's senior executives confront Charlie about Will's newly confrontational tone.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Keefer
Neal Sampat
Sloan Sabbith
Reese Lansing
Wade Campbell
Bryce Delancy (as Phillip Baker Hall)
Frank Guidry
John Walcutt ...
Greg Towne


Over several months leading up to the 2010 election, McAvoy takes on the Tea Party, leading the evening news with interviews and reports on their funding, knowledge, and tactics. Jim talks Maggie through a panic attack, and her relationship with Don is on again and off again. To Mackenzie's dismay, Will has his dates meet him at the studio after the newscast; Maggie speaks up. On the 44th floor, Charlie faces a litany of complaints from two suits in front of the company's owner, Leona Lansing. Is she going to stay with Charlie's vision of the show? Written by <>

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8 July 2012 (USA)  »

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Maggie Jordan: I want to say something to you that's inappropriate, insubordinate, and grounds for termination. You could give Mac a break and have the women meet you at the restaurant.
Will McAvoy: That was inappropriate and insubordinate, but I don't care.
Maggie Jordan: Thank you.
Will McAvoy: You should know, your head's up your ass.
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Great writing, if you can get past Sorkins politics
12 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Watching The Newsroom is like watching Sports Night 2.0, done from a newsroom. Sorkin knows how to build drama and the first episode was one of finest shows I've seen in years. Unfortunately, it was a red herring. Those with a liberal bent will absolutely love this show. It's witty, thought provoking and the "My Girl Friday" frenetic pace of the dialog is exceptionally well done. In the 112th Congress episode, Sorkin becomes a shill for the far left and attempts to trash the Tea Party. I've watched all the episodes twice and for that alone I give Sorkin and his crew kudos. It's compelling, even if it's outlook is right out of an Al Jazeera blog.

The subsequent episodes have been entertaining as far as it's relationships within the newsroom getting fleshed out, but it's leftist bent portrayed as being the moral center ground limits its mass appeal. That's fine, but many will seeing it as merely a rallying cry for Obama's reelection, using well done fiction. It's the best thing I've seen Jeff Daniels do. Emily Mortimer and John Gallagher Jr are excellent and Allison Pill is a great wild card. Some don't like her, but she brings a dimension to the show that keeps it light and is someone we've all met in the workplace. I'll keep watching unless the preachy politics wears me down..

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