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'The Newsroom' Episode 8 Review and Recap: 'The Blackout Part 1' Lights Up the Season

While the newsroom staffers attempted to stop a ratings plummet, "The Newsroom" halted its season-long plummet with a smart, strong episode. And welcome back, Mackenzie. We like you so much better with a brain.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2012 3:13 AM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 7 Review and Recap: '5/1' Somehow Makes the Death of bin Laden Uninteresting

Sunday night's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," the weakest of the season, dealt with the death of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALs, and the death of a potentially compelling 50 minutes of television by never-ending filler.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 6, 2012 2:23 AM
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'The Girl,' Ethel Kennedy Dominate HBO at TCA: Hedren Calls Hitchcock 'evil and deviant,' Sorkin Answers 'Newsroom' Critics

HBO may be making fewer movies, but it appears that “The Girl” will be as provocative as any it has ever mounted. It presents a distinctly unsavory vision of revered helmer Alfred Hitchcock (whose "Vertigo" tops Sight & Sound's new poll) through the prism of his unwelcome advances on leading lady Tippi Hedren during the making of the classic 1963 suspenser “The Birds.”
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • August 1, 2012 9:09 PM
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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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'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

Amazon Prime Instant Adds 'Fringe' & 'West Wing' to Library for a Supernatural-FBI-Clinton-Administration Summer

Fans of showrunner-creators Aaron Sorkin and J.J. Abrams will find this exciting: Amazon announces today a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. to add both "Fringe" and "The West Wing" to its Prime Instant Video library this summer. Both titles were previously unavailable.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 20, 2012 2:01 PM
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'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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Watch: A Supercut of Sorkinisms - Love, Ping-Pong Rooms & Shakespeare The Way it Was Meant to Be Done

Check out this video mash-up of Aaron "Sorkinisms," with more than a few key lines that Sorkin likes so much he chooses to use them again and again -- it's really quite something.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2012 12:06 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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