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Review: Conspiracies Of The Heart, Ballot Box & Office Swirl In Wildly Uneven 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2012 11:00 PM
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For those who have barely tolerated the (at times) strident idealism of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," the opening the season's third episode "The 112th Congress" may severely test your patience. The show opens with a clip of the (now former) National Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the FBI Richard A. Clarke, apologizing in 2004 to the American people, for the failures of himself and the government in being able to stop the attacks of 9/11. And in a brutal segue, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) uses that moment to preface his own apology to his viewers for failing to "successfully inform and educate the American electorate."

HBO Renews 'The Newsroom' So Everyone Can Argue About It Next Year Too; 'True Blood' Draws Fangs For Sixth Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2012 3:37 PM
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If there has been one thing that has defined HBO shows for the past couple of months, it's that everyone can't shut up stop talking about them. Lena Dunham's "Girls" invoked all kinds of fiery (and kind of half baked) controversy, while the rest of us enjoyed the excellent show for its smart writing and great characters. And in case you haven't been near Twitter or any other kind of social media network in the past few weeks, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" has all kinds of people making solemn declarations about it's excellence or lack of excellence after two episodes. But in case you thought you'll run out of things to say, the show will be back next year.

Review: Will & Mackenzie Make Up Their Breakup On 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2012 11:00 PM
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We're only at the second episode and it seems everyone already has an opinion on "The Newsroom," and the fully transparent politics that Aaron Sorkin has on display, for better or worse, realistic or not. Yes, that has made the show uneven, but regardless, it's still an engaging (if at times exhausting) hour of television. But in this week's episode, let's credit Sorkin for doing something right: clearing up the source of Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and Mackenzie MacHale's (Emily Mortimer) divorce. In most other shows, this is the kind of thing that would've been talked around for a season, leading up to some kind of dramatic, climatic showdown. But here, it's a comedic moment and emotional release, all at once.

Review: While Hopelessly Drunk On The Ideals Of Bygone Journalism, ‘The Newsroom’ Is Still An Engaging Broadcast

  • By The Playlist
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  • June 24, 2012 10:48 PM
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The longer Aaron Sorkin’s deeply-nostalgic-for-the-golden-age-of-news show “The Newsroom” goes on for, the more improbable the workplace drama (and dramedy), set at a fictional cable-news show, becomes. A complacent and apathetic news anchor known as the MOR Jay Leno of news anchor suddenly explodes with outrage and opinion. An old school news division president orchestrates a brilliant subterfuge in order get back to “real” journalism and an executive news producer genuinely believes that if you build it will they will come -- that the American public is starved for authenticity and will tune in for honest to goodness reporting instead of sensational TV journalism.

A Batch Of New Pics From Highly Anticipated Summer TV Shows 'Breaking Bad' & 'The Newsroom'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 20, 2012 12:15 PM
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Over the past few weeks, we've had to say goodbye to a slew of our regular TV season favorites, and we've already listed our favorite 10 shows of 2011/2012. But there is still going to be some great stuff to watch over the next couple of months on the small screen. This summer sees the return of one the best shows going around as well as a new show from one of the platform's most talented writers. We're of course talking about "Breaking Bad" and Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" -- both of which have a bunch of new pics to stoke the fires of anticipation.

Watch: New Trailers For Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' & 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 18, 2012 8:39 AM
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If you’re getting sick of the deluge of studio fare this summer, cable may provide a much needed reprieve, and new teasers from two highly-anticipated shows -- one about the inner-workings of a cable news network and the other following the ongoing adventures of high school teacher turned meth dealer -- have arrived.

Watch: 3 Character Trailers For Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 4, 2012 9:38 AM
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With last night’s season finale of “Game Of Thrones,” HBO is sending their marketing department into overdrive in advance of, what they hope will be, their next flagship show, Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom.”

Poster For Aaron Sorkin's Highly Anticipated 'The Newsroom' Plus A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Show

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 25, 2012 12:39 PM
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To say we're excited for Aaron Sorkin's return to television with "The Newsroom" would be an understatement. Having been fans of all his previous small screen ventures -- "Sports Night," "The West Wing" and even "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip" -- we can't wait to see what he cooks up here.

Watch: Yes, It's Another Great Trailer For Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2012 5:03 PM
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While summer is the season to hit the multiplex for the most sensational big screen entertainment you'll see all year, HBO is giving you at least one reason to stay at home on Sunday nights: Aaron Sorkin's latest series "The Newsroom." 

Watch: Impressive New Trailer For Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 30, 2012 9:01 AM
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Aaron Sorkin has written television shows about television before, and both met fairly similar fates. Although “Sports Night” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” were met with a good deal of critical acclaim, the former lasted only two seasons before it was cancelled due to low ratings, while the latter only made it through one season for the same reason. Sorkin and HBO will be hoping that critical acclaim is coupled with returning audiences for his new show, “The Newsroom,” when it premieres on June 24th.

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