The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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Election Night: Part II 

As coverage of Election Night 2012 continues, the staff has to decide on which breaking story to pursue. Leona decides to let Reese decide. Mac and Will's situation heads closer to the edge. And Sloan finds her anonymous bidder.

Director:

Alan Poul

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 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
Marcia Gay Harden ... Rebecca Halliday
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
David Harbour ... Elliot Hirsch
Grace Gummer ... Hallie Shea
Constance Zimmer ... Taylor Warren
Lauren Tom ... Kathy Ling
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Jane Barrow
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As coverage of Election Night 2012 continues, the staff has to decide on which breaking story to pursue. Leona decides to let Reese decide. Mac and Will's situation heads closer to the edge. And Sloan finds her anonymous bidder.

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Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Jane Fonda (Leona Lansing) & Sam Waterston (Charlie Skinner) also worked together on Grace and Frankie (2015) as Grace Hanson & Sol Bergstein respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Will runs into the control room to try to find Mac, the staff replies that they have not seen her. However the control room staff have an obvious view into the cameras which would allow them to see Mac at the desk. See more »

Quotes

Taylor Warren: Do you call yourself a Republican so you can make a claim to credibility when you attack the GOP?
Will McAvoy: No, I call myself a Republican 'cause I am one. I believe in market solutions, and I believe in common sense realities and the necessity to defend ourselves against a dangerous world and that's about it. Problem is now I have to be homophobic. I have to count the number of times people go to church. I have to deny facts and think scientific research is a long con. I have to think poor people are ...
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References Sweet Smell of Success (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Newsroom Main Theme
Written by Thomas Newman
Performed by Thomas Newman
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the strange part..
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 02

Attempting to overcome the limitations of the previous seasons, this exploration of a news channel is now more focused in the professional life than the personal one, but still it doesn't suggest that they are going to draw out a magic rabbit out of the hat, it still is a story we have all heard of.

Election Night: Part 2

Fonda's performance amps up the charge and the stakes are projected thoroughly to its viewers, on the other hand the makers have finally decided to link in all the parallel tracks at this rendezvous point that may not be as cinematic as anticipated.


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