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Is it possible to produce a good TV news show and make it popular at the same time? That's the question facing volatile cable-news anchor Will McAvoy and the ideological staff that has just been foisted upon him in Season 1 of this HBO drama series from Aaron Sorkin ('The Social Network'). Overcoming a tumultuous first day together, the acerbic ACN Network anchor (played by Jeff Daniels), new executive producer MacKenzie (Emily Mortimer), their newsroom staff (John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, and others), and news-division boss Charlie (Sam Waterston) set out on a patriotic if quixotic mission to 'do the news well' in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, and their own personal entanglements.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWe Just Decided To||Series Pilot. Surviving the fallout from a meltdown, ACN 'News Night' anchor Will McAvoy returns to his job and finds that his executive producer and most of his entire staff are leaving his show. Will learns he's been assigned a new EP: MacKenzie McHale, a former girlfriend. Will and his overhauled staff face an immediate challenge when breaking news comes over the wire.||1:12:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNews Night 2.0||Mac asserts control over the new incarnation of News Night and enlists a beautiful and brainy on-air economist, Sloan Sabbith, to do a nightly segment. Jim takes the fall for a Maggie miscue; Charlie forbids Reese from continuing his furtive meetings with Will; a long-festering breakup secret gets out.||57:37||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe 112th Congress||In an on-air editorial, Will apologizes for past newscasts and promises a new era of integrity for News Night. Will's new approach rankles Leona Lansing, CEO of ACN's parent company Atlantis World Media, who warns Charlie that Will's stance will not be tolerated. Jim soothes Maggie during a panic attack; Don charges Elliot to get in the game; Will parades a string of arm-candy dates in front of Mac.||58:42||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoI'll Try to Fix You||Will's 'mission to civilize' takes a hit when he finds himself in the tabloid spotlight. Wade approaches Will with info on the government's flagging ability to fight financial crime; Don gets Maggie to fix Jim up with her roommate, Lisa; Neal's 'Bigfoot is real' pitch falls on deaf ears. Will refuses to follow the media rumor mill and make a call on a breaking story.||59:33||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAmen||In the midst of its coverage of the ouster of Egyptian President Mubarak, the 'News Night' team learns of a protest in Wisconsin condemning Gov. Scott Walker's bill to balance the budget by cutting teachers' jobs. As Maggie, Jim and Don hustle to get side-by-side views of the simultaneous uprisings on air, Neal tracks down an Egyptian insider, who can get on-the-ground updates.||54:27||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBullies||A lingering bout with insomnia drives Will to keep a long-standing therapy appointment. Subbing for Elliot during the Japanese nuclear crisis, Sloan's strident interrogation of a Tokyo power-company spokesperson ends up jeopardizing her own career. After his rough handling of an interview subject, Will comes to recognize the causes and effects of being a bully.||57:54||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideo5/1||An anonymous source contacts Charlie and provides advance details on an imminent story of national importance. When news breaks that the President will be making a televised speech that night, the 2.0 staff cuts short its one-year (and one week) anniversary party, and rushes back to the newsroom amidst a flurry of speculation as to what exactly happened.||52:49||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Blackout, Pt. 1: Tragedy Porn||News Night's refusal to lead with a pair of sensational stories causes ratings to plummet--and forces Will and Mac to abandon their principles in order to lure back viewers and shore up the network's bid to land a Republican debate. Will auditions an unlikely scribe, Brian Brenner, to write an all-access profile; Sloan chafes over her lack of air time to report on a critical financial crisis; Charlie learns the identity of an NSA whistleblower; Neal pitches an internet sting.||57:32||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Blackout, Pt. 2: Mock Debate||Will and the 'News Night' staff stage a mock debate for a pair of Republican Party officials. Mac has an epiphany during a power outage; Charlie vets the credibility of an NSA insider; Lisa goes off-script during an on-air interview; Neal goes undercover as an internet troll.||55:16||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Greater Fool||Season One Finale. Nina Howard surprises Mac with a damning revelation; Jim and Maggie reach a crossroad; Sloan weighs a new job offer; Neal uses his internet alter-ego to smoke out a threat. Will, Mac, and Charlie face off with Leona and Reese during a tension-filled lunch meeting.||1:01:12||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Newsroom: About The Newsroom||An introduction to the characters and storylines of the HBO series 'The Newsroom' with creator Aaron Sorkin, star Jeff Daniels, and others.||5:31||Free||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Newsroom: Will McAvoy||Get to know volatile ACN news anchor Will McAvoy of 'The Newsroom' with Jeff Daniels, Aaron Sorkin, and others.||3:11||Free||View in iTunes|
|103||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Newsroom: Mission Control||A visit to the cavernous and intricately detailed control room of 'The Newsroom' featuring interviews with the cast and crew.||5:16||Free||View in iTunes|
|104||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Newsroom: Mission of ACN||An introduction to the fictional ACN cable news channel of 'The Newsroom' by creator Aaron Sorkin, star Jeff Daniels, and others.||3:37||Free||View in iTunes|
|105||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMaking The Newsroom||Go behind the scenes of Aaron Sorkin's compelling HBO drama series about the travails of a nightly cable-news team.||12:42||Season Only||View in iTunes|
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Every character, regardless of age and social background, sounds exactly like every other character, and virtually every scene is about verbal one-upmanship. Sorry, but real people don't talk this way. The 78 RPM pacing is maddening. "Scandal" has fast-paced scenes but at least they're occasionally varied with a slower, more nuanced take on things. As for story lines -- are there any? This show is like being trapped in a room with a sanctimonious rapper on speed.
People saying this is a liberals dream show. If you watch farther than the first two episodes you realize that he's a conservative crashing through the heart of our nations mistakes.
Sorkin (almost) at his best
While not quite as good as The West Wing, The Newsroom features great writing, acting and directing. Though some of the dialogue repeats (especially people's repeating disbelieve questions), this show is well worth the time watching it.
It seems rather left wing liberal, than again so am I :)