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.

Director:

Greg Mottola

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Paul Redford (head writer) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer ... MacKenzie McHale
John Gallagher Jr. ... Jim Harper
Alison Pill ... Maggie Jordan
Thomas Sadoski ... Don Keefer
Dev Patel ... Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn ... Sloan Sabbith
Sam Waterston ... Charlie Skinner
David Harbour ... Elliot Hirsch
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
Jon Tenney ... Wade Campbell
Philip Baker Hall ... Bryce Delancy (as Phillip Baker Hall)
Matt Long ... Brad
JD Cullum ... Frank Guidry
John Walcutt ... Greg Towne
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

First appearance of Terry Smith, played by Sarah Scott Davis. See more »

Goofs

Richard Clarke's name is misspelled (as Richard Clark) in the super in the beginning of the "News Night" broadcast. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Skinner: Reese, why don't you give us a minute.
Leona Lansing: He can stay.
Charlie Skinner: Reese get the fuck out.
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Connections

References Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) See more »

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Burning Love
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Written by Dennis Linde
Performed by Elvis Presley
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22 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Newsroom

Sorkin's admirable attempt to dramatize the news section with a gut wrenching anatomy on behind the scenes of this show business, is one of the biggest upset ever to come across the screen. And not because of its failure on various aspects, it still falls under mediocrity but the expectations that it brought with such caliber of cast and makers, it is surely a swing and a miss. Sorkin's signature writing patterns is clearly visible as it is brimmed with competitive arguments and too many verbal sparring that moves with ferocious pace, he always keeps his audience on the edge of their seat trying to keep up with the narration.

But as much political galore this vision is, the actual content, the core of the drama that it has to and does rely upon is the real culprit in here. The conversations are chalky and the connections of the plots to pass the storyline forward is poorly weaved out. It seems like the venue has changed but the usual love affairs and breaking and mending of equations, is still their, the seen-this-seen-that details are outdated and audience is much smarter than this. The execution too isn't appropriately handled along with the camera work that is more pretentious than it is productive.

The only responsible man that makes your time worth is Daniels, in his morally complex and socially challenged coat that he is in, which too may seem like your usual anti-hero, but has much to offer as the character ages on screen. Supporting parallel-y is Mortimer whose quirkiness is easily absorbing, than her drama is, to be fair she isn't given the range to factor on a larger scale. Other supporting cast like Pill, Patel, Munn, Sadoski and Gallagher Jr. are the weak links to the series. The Newsroom could have been much more than just news, and this time even Sorkin couldn't convince us to watch the news.

Season 01

The euphoric energy that ignites its pilot, never wears off throughout the season, but with none whatsoever new concrete material to offer in terms of characters or the equations between them, this is probably the most disappointing writing to come from Sorkin's magic bag.

The 112th Congress

As much as comprehensively the profession is explored, the typical structure is a but familiar, whilst the Daniels and Mortimer comes off so light and breezy because of the heavy mechanical material it dives on, on the rest of the acts.


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