The Newsroom

The Newsroom – Red Team III

by Alan Rapp on August 26, 2013

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The Newsroom - Red Team III

The story The Newsroom has been building to all season finally hits the air as the News Night crew goes public with “Operation Genoa” to tremendous ratings only to come crashing down to earth as the glaring problems in the story soon become impossible to ignore. We also learn the name of the person suing ACN isn’t someone connected with the story, someone damaged by its reporting, or the source (Stephen Root) taken out of context but Jerry Dantana (Hamish Linklater) whose case is that he alone was scapegoated (for doctoring the raw footage of their expert witness) but wasn’t alone in the faulty reporting of the story.

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The Newsroom – One Step Too Many

by Alan Rapp on August 19, 2013

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The Newsroom - One Step Too Many

The highlights of “One Step Too Many” are a series of conversations and questionable choices among various members of the cast as the show also delivers the final piece of “Operation Genoa” in the taping of an interview from a retired general (Stephen Root) giving  the news byte Jerry Dantana (Hamish Linklater) needs to push the news story onto the air (although he certainly helps things along by editing the raw footage to get the on-air confirmation he desperately needs in order to stop a story he has chased for seven months from dying in a rundown meeting). Although the interview, Jerry’s impassioned argument for the story, and his choice to edit the tape are the big takeaways for the season’s arc, it’s the smaller conversations between various pairs of characters that carry the episode.

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  • Title: The Newsroom – News Night with Will McAvoy
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The Newsroom - News Night with Will McAvoy

Scandal, tragedy, Twitter outrage, the Righteous Daughters of Jihadi Excellence, and the Trayvon Martin shooting are equal parts of “News Night with Will McAvoy.” As the newsroom scrambles to get the audio of George Zimmerman‘s 911 call and report on the shooting the news program also reports on a bombing in Damascus, Will (Jeff Daniels) learns his father has had a heart attack,  and Don (Thomas Sadoski), while dealing with his bad joke that has been picked up as a legitimate news story, tries to help Sloan (Olivia Munn) deal with naked photographs of her being leaked on Internet by a former boyfriend (Paul Greene).

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  • Title: The Newsroom – Unintended Consquences
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The Newsroom - Unintended Consequences

Smugness is a common problem for the cast in “Unintended Consequences” which begins with Will (Jeff Daniels) shredding Neal‘s (Dev Patel) friend Shelley Wexler (Aya Cash) live on the air over the more ridiculous aspects of Occupy Wall Street (as writer/creator Aaron Sorkin continues to make no bones about how inane he believes the entire protest to be). The trouble for the rest of the staff is the fact that Shelley has what may be the only source left for Jerry (Hamish Linklater) to continue the Operation Genoa story (stretching the story’s bounds of coincidence and lucky breaks to even more absurd levels) but is far less willing to share that information after being made a fool of in front of 1.5 million viewers unless Will agrees to an on-air apology. Yeah sister, that ain’t happening.

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The Newsroom – Willie Pete

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2013

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The Newsroom - Willie Pete

After going on the air and calling each of the Republican nominees for President a group of “witless bullies and hapless punks” for not standing up for a gay soldier asking a question at the latest Republican primary, Will (Jeff Daniels) learns the story of his being taken off the 9/11 coverage has been leaked. At first Sloan (Olivia Munn)  believes she may be the cause of the leak, but a little more investigation into just what exactly Nina Howard (Hope Davis) knows leads Will and Charlie to discover that Reese (Chris Messina) is responsible and their bullet-proof blackmail tape might as powerful as the pair originally believed.

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