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Aug 27, 2013
"Season 2 Trailer" or "Season 2 in 90 seconds" ?
I know we're coming up on the last couple of episodes but I saw the season 2 trailer again, and with the hindsight of 7 episodes is the trailer just Sorkin getting all Angsty in the Desert or Sorkin telling the viewers everything that was going to happen (admittedly in a very cryptic way) Jim leaving the producers job behind, Neal throwing his phone because he can't contact his Twitter source.



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Aug 12, 2013
'Genoa'

I was wondering earlier, If Genoa happened in the real world, would it really be the earth-shattering revelation that is implied?

What would be the reaction from the American public if a President told them that in order to rescue one of their soldiers from a beheading, it was necessary to use sarin gas?

I'm doubtful there would be any resignations or anyone would end up in prison. I'm assuming (hoping!) that any stockpiles of this sort of thing would be reasonably secure and use would probably need executive approval.

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Jul 07, 2013
What News Stories will Season 2 Cover?

One of the most interesting things about The Newsroom is its coverage of recent news history. (Other interesting things include how a show can go from focusing on producing disciplined news to name-calling ("American Taliban" WTF) in 10 episodes, but that's another story.) I haven't read anything about the new season (and maybe I should have) so I'll have to speculate about what's coming up.

Season 1 covered April 2010 to August 2011 - a long time for a short season, and presumably a longer time than Season 2 will be. So I guess at the very least we know it will cover sometime between August 2011 and maybe March 2013? But one of the biggest factors on when the season occurs will be whether Season 2 kicks off right where Season 1 ended or whether there'll be a time jump. I guess the timing of ...

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Jul 04, 2013
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Wouldn't something like the Press Club be less grandiose? I don't know, something a little catchier. Better suggestions welcome.
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Episode 9 Season 2
Election Night, Part II
Aired
9.15.2013
Episode 8 Season 2
Election Night, Part I
Aired
9.8.2013
Episode 7 Season 2
Red Team III
Aired
8.25.2013
Episode 6 Season 2
One Step Too Many
Aired
8.18.2013
Episode 5 Season 2
News Night with Will McAvoy
Aired
8.11.2013

The Newsroom is the tale of a fictional cable news program with a lofty goal: bring back integrity and journalism to the news. The team takes on a Don Quixote-like belief in the ideals of a by-gone era where journalism was facts, not opinion. As their quest plays out against the reality of ratings and public opinion, their successes and failures are magnified. Behind this aspiration is the reality of a work place where romances, betrayals, competitions, and corporate expectations add to an already stressful job.

Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) is a complacent news anchor who is shocked back to life by a public breakdown and the arrival of his ex-love MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), one of the best executive producers in the business. She is hired by Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston), president of the news division at ACN, who cheers on the transformation he orchestrated. Will is supported by his former EP Don Keefer (Thomas Sadoski) who jumped ship for the 10 pm show; Jim Harper (John Gallagher, Jr.), the new senior producer who came with MacKenzie from a war zone; Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill), a newbie associate producer whose personal life affects her work; Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn), a beautiful and brilliant economics expert who works to become an anchor; and Neal Sampat (Dev Patel), whose coverage of the London subway bombings landed him a job maintaining Will's social media presence but who longs to break a big story.

Created by Oscar- and Emmy-winning writer Aaron Sorkin. Aaron Poul, Scott Rudin and Aaron Sorkin serve as executive producers for this HBO Entertainment production.


Program Notes:
Season one's opening titles used a somewhat majestic theme by Thomas Newman, black-and-white pictures of journalism greats including Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, and clips from season one's first few episodes to identify the regular cast. Each episode focused on a real major news story from the past.

Season two's titles were overhauled during the break. A modified theme by Newman began with a syncopated piano that merged into part of the old theme only with orchestral backup. The pictures of journalists and cast clips were replaced with shots of New York, work at the studio and clips of disasters. The episodes continued with past news stories, but they were in the background. The overarching story arc dealt with a broadcast where the story turned out to be false, and the ramifications thereof.

Awards:
2014 Emmy Awards (66th)
Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels)
Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jane Fonda)

2013 Emmy Awards (65th)
Winner - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels)
Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jane Fonda)
Nominated - Outstanding Main Title Design

2013 Golden Globes
Nominated - Best Television Series - Drama
Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (Jeff Daniels)

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