Resuscitation of the acclaimed 1996-97 series that picks up nearly a decade later. We again follow the exploits of George Findlay in this biting satire of the day-to-day operations of the mainstream news media.

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Ken Finkleman
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Series cast summary:
Ken Finkleman Ken Finkleman ...  George Findlay 32 episodes, 1996-2005
Peter Keleghan ...  Jim Walcott 29 episodes, 1996-2005
Karen Hines ...  Karen 25 episodes, 1997-2005
Matt Watts Matt Watts ...  Matt 19 episodes, 2003-2005
Douglas Bell Douglas Bell ...  Allen 18 episodes, 2003-2005
Mark Farrell Mark Farrell ...  Mark 13 episodes, 1996-1997
Jody Racicot ...  Alex 13 episodes, 2003-2004
Tanya Allen ...  Audrey 13 episodes, 1996-1997
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In a Toronto TV station, the newsroom is headed by a ratings freak. There is nothing George won't do! He is surrounded by a self-absorbed news anchor man who is as dumb as they come, a grungy trainee, and a couple of more down-to-earth producers. The cast is helped by famous guest stars each week who try not to get between George and his bran muffins. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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21 October 1996 (Canada) See more »

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(The Campaign)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Close-ups of with TV monitors in the immediate background have their screens blurred due to real life TV shows being aired on them. See more »

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[repeated line]
George Findlay: That's not the point.
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Followed by More Tears (1998) See more »

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Different show from its predecessor
30 January 2004 | by NewshawkSee all my reviews

The Newsroom DVD revealed that Ken Finkleman's project following the "Escape" movie was to be called 100% Perfect Girl. We have this instead.

I can't really think of what to make of this new incarnation of the Newsroom. The comedy is gone, replaced by a very, very dark satire. It's certainly less accessible than the previous one, and even more so than the movie. I can't figure out if this is intentional, or whether Finkleman desperately wants to move onto different things and wants to put this dead horse out to pasture as cruelly as he can.

An alternative take could be that the previous cast improvised much of the script, making it absolutely hilarious. Now that the cast is deprived of comedians and now uses true-blue actors, that ad-libbing is gone, and the show is far drier. Jeremy Hotz and Mark Farrell have been replaced with Jody Racicot as a character with no personality (to date), Douglas Bell as a reluctant co-conspirator to the distorting of the news, and Matt Watts whose sole function seems to be listening to George's ranting. Nancy Beatty has been replaced as George's boss by Kate Trotter, and Tanya Allen has been replaced as the intern by Holly Lewis. Only 2 original cast members remain (Finkleman and Keleghan), along with Hines, likely an intentional gesture after the disastrous ratings shown for the Escape film with a nearly identical cast to the first series.

While the expected potshots on today's issues are certainly there, the broad laughs are not. That about sums it up. It's a shame, because I hate having to be so predictable about sequels/spinoffs.


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