One of the great things about The Newsroom in its first season was the way it used real-life news stories in its plot - which centers on the inner workings of a cable news station - and still managed to maintain some level of suspense, in spite of the fact that we often knew where the news story was headed even before the characters did. In some cases, that pre-knowledge even worked in the show's favor, allowing us to remain focused on the characters rather than the developing story they're working on.
Following up on the announcement that The Newsroom would be back for its second season this July, comes a new teaser, which turns the power back on for the series, giving us a look at the inside of the fictional ACN news offices. Where is everybody? We'll see those rooms filled with people in a matter of months when Aaron Sorkin's drama returns for Season 2.
The Newsroom’s second season has earned an official premiere date as part of HBO’s summer slate. The Aaron Sorkin drama, which was renewed only a week into its freshman run last summer, will return on July 14th.
The Newsroom: The Complete First Season has finally been announced by HBO. Unfortunately, fans of the drama that was created and is executive produced and chiefly written by West Wing mastermind Aaron Sorkin, will still have a while to wait to catch their favorite episodes on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download. The Golden Globe nominated series will hit home entertainment platforms on June 11.
It seemed like a bit of a disaster when Rosemarie DeWitt exited her recurring role on Season 2 of The Newsroom. Just a few days after the sophomore show’s news was announced the role has been recast. Veteran actress Marcia Gay Harden will be taking on the role.
The Newsroom is making a casting change for its second season. Mad Men's Rosemarie DeWitt was supposed to appear in the HBO news-focused drama series, however she's reportedly leaving the show. What's more, her scenes will be re-shot with a different actor, though there's no word on who that will be.
TV awards involving the actors may be the more glamorous of affairs, and those beautiful faces are the ones we associate best with some of our favorite TV characters and shows. But good scripted television does not exist without good writers. The nominees for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards are in and it looks like Writers Guild of America East and West are favoring cable shows, which is a familiar trend for TV award shows these days, and given the level of quality in the series coming from basic and premium cable these days...
Vague spoilers ahead! With the election over, you might figure we've heard enough about the presidential campaigns for one year. But come next year when HBO's The Newsroom returns, the series will tackle the subject of the election from a cable news perspective. In other news, Grace Gummer is joining the series in a recurring role.
PBS' Jim Lehrer took some heat for his moderating techniques during last week's 2012 Presidential Debate. Perhaps ABC News' Martha Raddatz will do better at keeping things on track during tonight's Vice Presidential Debate. With that debate set to take place tonight and the next Presidential debate set to take place next week, we got to thinking about some TV characters who might make good moderators.
Between encore airings and HBO's streaming video service HBO Go, evaluating the success of the ratings is tricky business. Those who aren't tuning in for the original airing may be planning to catch the episode on HBO Go, HBO on Demand or one of the many encore airings. But it's understandable that many fans of the pay-cables original series wouldn't want to wait, when it comes to a season premiere or finale, which could explain the ratings increase for The Newsroom's season finale, which aired last night.
And that, my friends, is how you do a season finale, with all plotlines (save one) tied up or moved on to their next natural place of progression before saying goodbye for a good ten months until season two. We bounce back and forth between Will giving a fiery condemnation of the Tea Party and events that started eleven days earlier. In the flashback, we learn that Will got himself hospitalized...
I’m conflicted, readers. I dearly love this show, moment to moment. But in standing by the fridge, reaching for a refreshing beverage half an hour later, I find myself pulling at threads and seeing some things unravel. We’re going to get to that.
Last night's episode delivered on so many levels. And hey, welcome to the big dance, MacKenzie. I really like you so much more when you're portrayed as an actual thinking, super-competent person as in this episode, instead of a little girl who gets pen on her face. Sorkin and his team showed up for the party last night, as we hit the beginning of the endgame for Season 1.
The Newsroom hinges upon our memories of major news events of the last two years; last night's episode takes perhaps the biggest of them all--the announcement of the killing of Osama Bin Laden--and builds a surprisingly funny and touching evening of television out of it.
We take a backseat from the broad themes of the show this week and don't even touch on the Will-versus-Leona plot. Instead, we get a character piece about Will, with some wonderful little deconstructive bits. Sorkin does this occasionally, with an entire episode dedicated to the inner workings of a single character. He's sort of perfected that trick with this go-round, and gives us a fascinating look inside Will while also moving a number of subplots forward.