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The Newsroom: Season 1

Product Description HBO presents the new one-hour drama series from the fertile mind of Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and executive produced by Sorkin, Scott Rudin and Alan Poul. Smart, topical, humorous and highly entertaining, The Newsroom take...

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Reviews around cast (5.00 of 5)

  • First episode really sets the tone for the series, great cast
  • love the writing; reminiscent of West Wing - great cast
  • Predictable story line however great acting from an awesome cast.
  • Great story-line, great cast, great writing, five stars, not
  • Great Cast and Aaron Sorkin is one of the best West Wing, Sports Night and Studio 60
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Reviews around program (5.00 of 5)

  • Fast paced realistic program, ranging from producing a news broadcast to high level corporate infighting to employee emotional relationships.
  • It inspires one to think and feel as well as to be entertained
  • I enjoy this program because it makes you think about some important issues we've had & are having
  • Very good program, I enjoyed watching it right from the beginning.
  • One of the few intelligent programs around with one of my favorite actors (Jeff Daniels) doing a magnificent job as a cable news anchor
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Reviews around actor (5.00 of 5)

  • makes binge watching very easy, very well done, love all the actors
  • The characters are well developed and the actors who play them are excellent.
  • One of the few intelligent programs around with one of my favorite actors (Jeff Daniels) doing a magnificent job as a cable news anchor
  • Great writing, great actors, great dialogues....loved it!
  • I really enjoyed this intelligent show with great actors an stories.
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Reviews around line (5.00 of 5)

  • Aaron Sorkin writes it--nuff said about the great, current story lines and smart scripts.
  • The characters all work well and has a great story line.
  • Good Story lines, great to see Obama as president while we wait out the next four years for the real peoples president.
  • Excellent writing, good story lines, humurous and compelling.
  • Sharp dialogue, superb cast, well acted, great story lines - blending the national news with the personal stories
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Reviews around watch (4.77 of 5)

  • They ended it in a good way, no major plot threads hanging, definitely worth watching.
  • The constant preaching of this crap just got to be too much for me to bother watching anymore.
  • One of the best series I have watched, and am still watching to catch up
  • Season one was probably the strongest one but they were all worth watching.
  • It inspires one to think and feel as well as to be entertained
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Reviews around act (4.75 of 5)

  • Great plot, acting and character development.
  • Excellent acting by all, good writing, and Sam Waterson
  • Interesting characters, outstanding acting, FAST dialogue and engaging story lines!
  • Most important was that she had been instrumental in his passage of the felonious "Affordable Care Act" to compel Americans, in violation of Article V of the US constitution Amendments which prohibits taking the lives, liberties, and properties of any American citizen without due process of law, to assure payments to the "wrongful killers" of more than 250,000 Americans per year.
  • Great acting, well developed characters, believable story lines
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Reviews around write (4.67 of 5)

  • Excellent acting by all, good writing, and Sam Waterson
  • I applaud the clever writing, the excellent acting, the engagement of the entire team and the engagement it created in me
  • love the writing; reminiscent of West Wing - great cast
  • I'd give it 5 stars if the writing didn't show such contempt for anyone who doesn't think like a democratic pundit
  • Fabulous writing and wonderful engaging plots and characters.
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Reviews around series (4.66 of 5)

  • The family and I loved this series and hated to see it end.
  • This is the most realistic, well-written television series out there
  • Thank you for bringing this great series to my attention.
  • Great series for those who loved the West Wing, Social Network and A Few Good Men
  • Great acting, and engaging stories make this a very fun series
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Reviews around pace (4.63 of 5)

  • The dialogue is smart, fast paced, pertinent and enlightening.
  • It's fast paced with believable characters that give a great performance
  • Laugh out loud funny, fast paced, touching
  • A fast paced drama, with just the right amount of humor thrown in
  • It's timely, fast paced, funny and serious and challenging.
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Reviews around dialogue (4.62 of 5)

  • Unrealistic dialogue, drama for the sake of drama
  • I so enjoy Aaron Sorkin's fast-paced, intelligent dialogue eloquently delivered by a very talented team of actors expertly led by Jeff Bridges.
  • Very fast dialogue that the actors all delivered with conviction
  • Interesting characters, outstanding acting, FAST dialogue and engaging story lines!
  • I so enjoy Aaron Sorkin's fast-paced, intelligent dialogue eloquently delivered by a very talented team of actors expertly led by Jeff Bridges.
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Reviews around story (4.51 of 5)

  • It incorporates real life news with the fictional story of the show
  • this show!I have never ever identified so strongly with characters in a fictional story
  • Good Story lines, great to see Obama as president while we wait out the next four years for the real peoples president.
  • The characters all work well and has a great story line.
  • Sharp dialogue, superb cast, well acted, great story lines - blending the national news with the personal stories
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Reviews around newsroom (4.12 of 5)

  • I strongly recommend Newsroom, even for those who previously may have not liked Daniels' work; you will not be disappointed.
  • While doing this THE NEWSROOM also reveals the humanity of its characters, the personal and professional conflicts, ambitions, and jealousies, the internal conflicts (popularity or truth?), how honor might be expressed, what unconscious biases we all contain and how they impact our personal and professional worlds
  • Newsroom is one of the most intriguing and intellectually satisfying shows I have ever seen
  • The Newsroom is more than watch worth watching for many many reasons
  • If you enjoyed West Wing, you will love Newsroom; same style, same writer, Sorkin
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Reviews around character (3.88 of 5)

  • Fabulous writing and wonderful engaging plots and characters.
  • This show is schmaltzy and sanctimonious and all the female characters are irritating, but it's still interesting
  • But more than that, the characters on the show are all to a greater or lesser degree deeply flawed and deeply committed.
  • Well written, great characters... highest recommendation
  • How can he do such divergent characters is beyond reason.
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  • Product Description HBO presents the new one-hour drama series from the fertile mind of Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and executive produced by Sorkin, Scott Rudin and Alan Poul
  • Smart, topical, humorous and highly entertaining, The Newsroom takes a behind-the-scenes look at a high-rated cable-news program at the fictional ACN Network, focusing on the on- and off-camera lives of its acerbic anchor (Jeff Daniels), new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), their newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and others) and their news-division boss (Sam Waterston)
  • Overcoming a tumultuous first day together – climaxing in a newsflash that a BP oil rig has just exploded in the Gulf of Mexico – the team sets out on a patriotic if quixotic mission to “do the news well” in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, and their own personal entanglements. Amazon.com The Newsroom has caused as much conversation about creative and cultural tunnel vision as the HBO series' creator sparks himself
  • Aaron Sorkin was the brains behind TV's The West Wing, Sports Night, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as well as screenwriter of The Social Network, Moneyball (with Steven Zaillian), and A Few Good Men (based on his play), among others
  • Wielding a sort of totalitarian imprimatur that marks everything he does, Sorkin is the subject of much adoration and derision, both of which have been heaped on a show with a distinctive voice that can be as long-winded, blustery, and full of idealistic intellect as most of its characters
  • The Newsroom is set in a sprawling simulacrum of the nerve center for a fictional 24-hour cable news network, with only a few segues into the boardrooms, bars, and apartments
  • The prime-time anchor is Will McAvoy, a vaguely Republican veteran reporter whose crisis of faith in the media and dedication to the fundamentals of journalism causes a meltdown in the premiere episode
  • Before he knows it, he's launched into a public diatribe about how America isn't number one, an event that ultimately drives him to form a new path for his show
  • Helping him craft a purer angle that's poised to cut through the noise, mundanity, and ennui in TV news is a new production team headed by producer MacKenzie McHale
  • She's an ex-lover who jilted Will, but who also happens to be a firebrand of passion, integrity, and battle-scarred honor
  • Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer as Will and MacKenzie carry much of the weight with their inherently personal skirmishes (hard feelings linger) and the speechifying that makes up most of the dialogue, usually dialed up to 10 in speed and volume
  • Will's arrogance is slightly tempered by MacKenzie's uprightness, but both of them represent clear archetypes in Sorkin's quest to carry his message through the medium
  • MacKenzie says her imperative is "speaking truth to stupid," which pretty well sums up Sorkin's attitude about the show's mission as well as his intention for his audience
  • The stridency flows from the top down, but the large cast includes plenty of other mouthpieces for the editorializing
  • All the politics and realistic newsiness is countered by the very public personal lives of the newsroom staff
  • Thomas Sadoski and John Gallagher Jr
  • play pit-bull producers with disdain for each other and a mutual attraction to Maggie (Alison Pill), an associate producer who plays ditzy and quick-witted at the same time
  • Dev Patel is a quietly likable presence on the research desk and Olivia Munn plays an on-air personality with multiple advanced degrees in economics, but a remarkable deficit in social skills
  • In the executive suite above them all is news director Charlie Skinner, brought to crafty, curmudgeonly, and authoritative life by Sam Waterston
  • Sorkin told The New York Times he "thought it would be fun to write about a hyper-competent group of people," which he has certainly done
  • They're also just plain hyper; watching an episode can be like an adrenaline shot of sermonizing, sanctimony, sophistication, and jaw-dropping flights of fast-talking astuteness
  • Researching the show, Sorkin spent time embedded at MSNBC shadowing both Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews
  • He also dropped in on programs at Fox News and CNN that were the model for McAvoy and his Atlantis Broadcasting Network's show "News Night." The homework clearly informs The Newsroom's sense of verisimilitude, which is made even more realistic by the device of molding episodes about real news events of the recent past
  • The season unfolds from April 2010 to August 2011, so the action includes the newsroom's reporting on everything from the Gulf oil spill and the killing of Osama bin Laden to the teacher protest in Wisconsin and Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration bill
  • Personal politics enter the fray when the subject of the Koch brothers and the Citizens United decision come up, and there's a "News Night" uproar when the Fukushima nuclear crisis spills over into questions of ethics and personal responsibility
  • But for such a bunch of brilliant, zealous professionals there certainly is a lot of childish behavior, especially when it comes to everyone's love life
  • Biting social commentary dressed up as high-class entertainment sometimes dips into the soap opera-ish--which doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing
  • A phone-hacking scandal that develops in the last episode will probably carry into the second season
  • It's also tantalizing to wonder what to expect when The Newsroom starts delving into the 2012 presidential election as seen through the lens of Aaron Sorkin's cutting pen and gift for putting lots of smart words into other people's mouths
  • --Ted Fry