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'The Newsroom' Episode 6 Review and Recap: 'Bullies,' Heroes and Will McAvoy's Charmed Navigation of the Two

In Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," Will tries to knock internet bullies off their anonymous pedestals, and in turn realizes he's a bully. The problem with this show? Aaron Sorkin will never truly let Will McAvoy be knocked from HIS pedestal.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 30, 2012 3:26 AM
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  • 9 Comments

HBO Gives Middling to Poor Reviews of 'The Newsroom' a Strange Makeover in Print Ad

Misrepresentative review quotes being used for film or TV show ads is nothing new. HBO is the latest to climb on the bandwagon of strategically placed ellipses with its ads for Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," a show receiving mixed reviews at best.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2012 4:33 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 5 Review and Recap: In 'Amen,' Men Sustain Injuries while Women Sustain Hallmark Holiday Battiness

In Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," personal injury and protest are recurring visuals against the powers-that-be -- an interesting idea that's clouded by Sorkin's grating use of Valentine's Day as a female crazyfest.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 23, 2012 2:12 PM
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  • 6 Comments

'The Newsroom' Episode 4 Review and Recap: 'I'll Try to Fix You' or Take You Down

In Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," defamation is the vicious, attractive stranger at the party, waiting for someone to take the bait.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 15, 2012 11:00 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 3 Review and Recap: The Morning After 'The 112th Congress,' a Silent Waiting Game Erupts

In a canny bit of Sorkin script engineering, the "News Night" team tackles Tea Party politics for six straight months with nary a peep from the 44th floor. But as with Jane Fonda's silent lioness Leona Lansing, a period of quiet comes before the roar.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 8, 2012 8:00 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 2 Review and Recap: 'News Night 2.0,' One Strange Step for Womankind

Best laid plans go awry as the newsroom staffers attempt an upgraded show, and as "The Newsroom" writer Aaron Sorkin gives us female characters with some serious mood swings.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 1, 2012 11:00 PM
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  • 9 Comments

HBO's 'Newsroom' Opens Strong, Pilot Available to Non-Subscribers on Multiple Platforms

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" debuted to a solid 2.1 million viewers Sunday night, HBO's third best drama premiere in the past four years...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 8:20 PM
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'The Newsroom' Premiere Review and Recap: Less Talk as This Story Develops

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" might be a consistently good show if it cuts the blather and gets to the news.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 12:28 AM
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