The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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The Greater Fool 

Will is in the hospital and is too discouraged to return to work as his colleagues get the final clue needed to thwart the execs wanting to fire him.

Director:

Greg Mottola

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 2 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
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
Hope Davis ... Nina Howard
Terry Crews ... Lonny Church
Kelen Coleman ... Lisa Lambert
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Solomon Hancock
Angela Sargeant ... Nurse Cooper
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
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Storyline

On a night in August, 2011, there are many top stories as voter ID laws take hold and Congressional Republicans hold the nation's credit hostage. In flashbacks, we see the eight days leading up to a hard-hitting broadcast. Will is in hospital, resolved not to come back to "News Night," Brian's published a savage piece in "New York," Charlie's source at the NSA may not be rock solid, and Nina is pursuing confirmation that Will was high on the night he announced bin Laden's death. Sloan surprises Don, Don surprises Maggie, Jim takes a "Sex and the City" bus tour, Neal eggs on the haters, and a somewhat-familiar young woman sits in the newsroom. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Production Co:

HBO Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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 is in hospital on his laptop, he is watching the footage of his tirade against the sophomore student at Northwestern University. However, the camera angle from which the video was taken would not have existed, as there were no cameras in that position. It was obviously extracted from the Pilot "We Just Decided to". See more »

Quotes

Charlie Skinner: Hell hath no fury like the second rate.
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Connections

References Sex and the City (1998) See more »

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Baba O'Riley
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Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
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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 Greater Fool

The tendency to connect the dots may be people please but the procedure it adapts to do so, is still your usual banal psychology of applying the medicine on wounds after scratching it, a disappointing finale considering the passion it has.


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