The Newsroom

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[HBO] A cable-news anchor and his staff set out to 'do the news well' in the face of numerous obstacles in Season 1 of this HBO series.
Starring
Jeff DanielsEmily MortimerSam Waterston
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. We Just Decided To
    June 24, 2012
    1 h 12 min
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    [HBO] HD. 'We Just Decided To.' In the series premiere, cable-news anchor Will McAvoy gets a staff overhaul and a breaking-news challenge.
  2. 2. News Night 2.0
    July 1, 2012
    58min
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    [HBO] HD. 'News Night 2.0.' (Season One) Mac asserts her control of the News Night rundown; Jim takes a fall for Maggie; a breakup secret gets out.
  3. 3. The 112th Congress
    July 8, 2012
    59min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The 112th Congress.' (Season One) Will's new approach rankles CEO Leona Lansing.
  4. 4. I'll Try to Fix You
    July 15, 2012
    60min
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    [HBO] HD. 'I'll Try to Fix You.' (Season One) A New Year's Eve confrontation lands Will in the tabloids; restraint is rewarded during a story.
  5. 5. Amen
    July 22, 2012
    54min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Amen.' (Season One) The 'News Night' team finds parallels between the Egyptian uprising and a teacher protest in Wisconsin.
  6. 6. Bullies
    July 29, 2012
    58min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Bullies.' (Season One) Will keeps a long-standing therapy appointment; Sloan pushes too hard during the Japanese nuclear crisis.
  7. 7. 1-May
    August 5, 2012
    53min
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    [HBO] HD. '5/1.' (Season One) The staff's anniversary party is cut short when they learn the President will be making an impromptu national address.
  8. 8. The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn
    August 12, 2012
    58min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn.' (Season One) Will and Mac are forced to abandon their principles in order to boost ratings.
  9. 9. The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate
    August 19, 2012
    55min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate.' (Season One) Will and the staff stage a mock debate for a pair of Republican Party officials.
  10. 10. The Greater Fool
    August 26, 2012
    1 h 1 min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Greater Fool.' Season One Finale. Will's future at ACN is jeopardized by a damning revelation; Jim and Maggie reach a crossroad.

Bonus (8)

  1. Bonus: Making The Newsroom
    June 18, 2012
    13min
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    HD. Go behind the scenes of Aaron Sorkin's compelling HBO drama series about the travails of a nightly cable-news team.
  2. Bonus: About The Newsroom
    June 4, 2012
    6min
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    HD. An inside look at the acclaimed HBO series 'The Newsroom.'
  3. Bonus: The Newsroom: Mission Control
    June 4, 2012
    5min
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    HD. A visit to the cavernous and intricately detailed control room of 'The Newsroom' featuring interviews with the cast and crew.
  4. Bonus: About The Newsroom
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    June 4, 2012
    6min
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    An introduction to the characters and storylines of the HBO series 'The Newsroom' with creator Aaron Sorkin, star Jeff Daniels, and others.
  5. Bonus: The Newsroom: Season 1 Character Profiles
    July 2, 2012
    6min
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    HD. Meet the various characters of 'The Newsroom' with the actors who play them in the HBO drama series.
  6. Bonus: The Newsroom In Brief: Mission of ACN
    June 14, 2012
    4min
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    An introduction to the fictional ACN cable news channel of 'The Newsroom' by creator Aaron Sorkin, star Jeff Daniels, and others.
  7. Bonus: The Newsroom: Mission Control
    This video is currently unavailable
    June 18, 2012
    5min
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    A visit to the cavernous and intricately detailed control room of 'The Newsroom' featuring interviews with the cast and crew.
  8. Bonus: The Newsroom In Brief: Will McAvoy
    June 14, 2012
    3min
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    Get to know volatile ACN news anchor Will McAvoy of 'The Newsroom' with Jeff Daniels, Aaron Sorkin, and others.

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Supporting actors
John Gallagher Jr.Alison PillThomas SadoskiOlivia MunnDev PatelMargaret JudsonAdina PorterChris ChalkWynn EverettThomas MatthewsDavid Harbour
Season year
2012
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Inna TysoeReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsYes, it has its flaws but I loved it
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First let me say this up-front: The Newsroom is an idealization of what the news ought to be in the Internet age. In this series, Sorkin essentially rewrites how the major stories of the day (BP oil spill, the financial crisis, the assassination of Osama bin Laden) ought to have been reported. And (even though he does give Will a conservative thought or two) Sorkin writes about these and other issues from a liberal perspective. So that’s one problem. The other is that he never really comes to grips with how a news organization is supposed to make money in the Internet age where everyone has a voice. (As you can readily see because you are reading these pearls of wisdom on an Internet site.) And when Newsroom does try to tackle the whole money question it fails rather miserably. Lucas (the billionaire who buys the Atlantis Cable News and tries to make it into something a kind of over-the-top Fox is treated with the utmost disdain. But then the old billionaire-owner (Leona) didn’t get much sympathy when she merely tried to use her news network for political influence. So, money (or rather the need to make a profit) is not an issue that is treated with any seriousness here. This is an idealistic series.

Having said that (and there are a lot of criticisms that can be and have been leveled at Newsroom fairly and perhaps not as fairly), it is an absorbing show. I think there are two reasons for that. First of all, while it definitely has a liberal bias, it is not a blindly liberal bias. There are several characters (Will is a good example) of conservative points of view. The show side-steps the whole GOP infighting by having Will bemoan how his party is being hijacked by the Tea Party (and who thereby lower news standards) but he does express what are legitimate conservative concerns about the GOP and the world at large. But more than that, the characters on the show are all to a greater or lesser degree deeply flawed and deeply committed. And as a result, they both exemplify the forces that are tearing us apart right now and, at the same time, because they are forced to work together (and hence talk to one another) in order to produce this one show, they somehow find exactly the right response to any story as it happens.

Their responses to the oil spill and Osama bin Laden perhaps encapsulates this better than anything. That, and the really good acting made me sit and root for the characters. And it kept me watching.

And yes I know all the criticisms. It’s liberal; in real life they would have gone off air in a heartbeat because really who watches actual news anymore? Etc. But a part of me rejects that. Because wouldn’t it be nice if I could turn on the news and get the Newsroom?

And until we do… well, there’s the show.
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808 KinauReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsReporting things for the right reasons! ETHICS and NEWS
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WHAT THIS SHOW DOES IS AWESOME!!!! THIS IS WHAT I THINK: I want this in real life!!! I want people everywhere to want this in real life. I want information to be free from government and big business manipulation like it was ALWAYS meant to be. I want the people of the US of A to be informed with facts about issues that are worth reporting! STOP DUMBING US DOWN! I'm tired of hearing about "famous people" and their lives and how they are doing good things or bad things. I am exhausted with "news" shows being filled with advertisements on the supposed greatest new product and calling it news! I'm just plain tired of one of the US's greatest assets, TRUTH IN INFORMATION & FREEDOM OF PRESS being bought and payed for in the attempt to make or keep American's stupid. I am tired of agendas and cooperations deciding what I should or should not want to know about. However, I also want journalist to understand that, just because they get information about this thing or that thing, they don't always have to air it. What the Have To Do is CONSIDER it! I want them to examine it, reflex on it and Consider why it should or shouldn't be aired. Would this particular information benefit the PUBLIC, Would the Public decide that they should know the particular piece of information.? I want Media to REALLY consider why they are doing the job they are doing.I loved it when the show said that this "career" shouldn't be a Career but a CALLING! I want the people and/or corporations that own media to find their moral and ethical compass. I want them all to realize that they too have an undeniable responsibility to report the news and to not use the news to line their pockets! From My Soap Box - Erin
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Honey and TomReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Journalism Drama from Aaron Sorkin
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The Newsroom starring Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer is an excellent, well balanced serious drama written by the great Aaron Sorkin. This is a really unique show and I came to love it! If you are into journalism, investigations, and real world events, this is the show for you! I really love how they rehash some of the previous years most important and impactful stories such as Deep Water Horizon, the Tea Party, the Arab Spring, and Fukushima Nuclear Plant and tell the story like it should have been told in hindsight. By showing how the news should be responsibly reported, it gives you a greater appreciation for journalism. This is an excellent show, that everyone should watch.
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Solange PlathReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsThank you Mr Sorkin
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I don't understand why Aaron Sorkin apologized for this series when it ended. This show illustrates the power of stories/narrative/literature/film. The issues discussed here (so amusingly) are precisely the issues that should be discussed in the media but are not. It is people like Mr Sorkin, and other writers, who make complex, abstract topics amusing and palatable who are the true public intellectuals in this country. I so appreciate the combination of entertainment, romance, drama, theory, informed argument and complex discourse that is this series.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsAaron Sorkin is unparalleled in his ability to generate critical thinking
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Only Aaron Sorkin himself could write a sufficiently eloquent review of this series; one that would definitively capture the magnitude of greatness of the writing, the acting, the editing and the choice of subject matter for each episode. I have no expertise in writing quality or specific knowledge of broadcasting, but by the 4th episode found myself genuinely disappointed at the realization that this series ended after only 3 seasons. It is incredibly good--poignantly topical, exceptionally thought provoking, and undeniably effective at reminding us of the potential beauty and insight that can be conveyed with such an exceptional and deliberate choice of language. I think anyone could enjoy and appreciate this show, regardless of personal politics, or one's opinion of the role and result that the media has played in all of our lives. The goal of this script seems not to lecture the audience with Sorkin's opinions about government, politics and the media--instead it appears to strive to get us to actively consider and reflect on the ways in which we all are affected by these dominant forces in our lives every day. We are all affected by these things and likely have considered many of these themes in our own lives at one point or another, but generally move on all too quickly to other thoughts, because the details of our daily lives take a front seat to these seemingly philosophical reflections. And rather than preaching his own opinions to us, I thought Sorkin seemed to be imploring us to think critically about the things that affect us, even when it's easier to move on to the practical necessities of issues that are more tangible in our daily lives. And I found the actors to all be impressively believable in their roles, as well as the editing/directing choices to be impressive. It was also very interesting to consider each of these major events from the past decade from such a different perspective of a newsroom as the knowledge of such events was breaking in real time, as opposed to the perspective that we the audience experienced as we learned about them from the various media outlets. There are too many reasons to watch this series; more than a typical review could possibly address. And too many perfectly timed metaphors and references to prioritize them. Although I think my favorite (admittedly for purely personal reasons) was the episode in which the staff all lined up to donate personal checks to Will, as a contribution to the money he had personally paid in order to free a captured free-lance journalist abroad.... straight out of the movie "Rudy", which is a tough choice to effectively reference/copy and not fall short of success at meeting such a massive emotional response But this episode was brilliantly successful. It made me appreciate Sorkin that much more for thinking of it as a way to communicate his message with his script. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this show--just do yourself a favor and watch it.
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YankeeinSCReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2017
4.0 out of 5 starsOkay for entertainment more like a soap opera than the operation of a newsroom
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Quality of DVDs are fine, no problems. The series was interesting, Jeff Daniels great. His female counterpart remained annoying and we kept wishing she would 'go away' on the program. It kept us entertained, but the series was not really believable. These were supposedly highly articulate and educated people with very quick wit and sharp tongues talking at a rapid pace, but then when it came to their personal affairs, they fell apart like a grammar school child, their responses and conversations were ridiculous and very uncharacteristic. The characters became a huge disappointment one by one. Had hoped it was more of the caliber of West Wing and more reality in the operations of news reporting, but it leaned a lot more towards a soap opera and office interactions beyond work, so my husband and I found it 'okay', 'not bad', but not much praise beyond the protagonist's acting.
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Nancy M LuckyReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsCan not believe they cancelled this show after only 3 seasons AMAZING SERIES!
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I have not watched a series anywhere that was done so perfectly as the Newsroom. I am not sure how true to how a News TV that does shows like Sean Hannity (which I love) is done behind the scenes but I imagine in order to be trust worthy it has to tell the news in the only way I believe is ethical. With that said it takes a lot of people to do vetting, get the story right and you are not allowed to make mistakes. This show is exactly how I wish all news shows would be, where ratings mattered but most important the TRUTH! Every actor was amazing on their role and I fell in love with Will as I can’t imagine anyone who could of done this role but Will (Jeff Daniels, he deserves an award) as he played it perfectly and exactly how a News Anchor should do his job) Also, the chemistry between him and MacKenzie (Emily Mortimer) was very sexy but done in a classy way. My second favorite couple was Maggie & Jim and I was on pins and needles waiting for them to get back together. It was a great love story, an awesome team who tried to do the News with integrity and was never boring, Lastly but one of the most important characters was Charlie the head of the team. He too was sensitive, caring and kept his word to always put truth first, I think it was a masterpiece and I was sad to see it end, but the ending was amazing (I cried)! It had everything suspense, love triangles, office relationships and the original teams trust amongst each other. You will fall in love with them all especially Charlie as he is like the Good Godfather of all the people who worked for him. If you don’t watch this show you will miss a great opportunity to learn a lot, plus it was very entertaining. Today with all the Fake News and the sex scandals that are being revealed everyday it just makes you realize that reporting the news is a job that if not done with the upmost integrity can ruin life’s and change decisions that effect the world. I was hooked by the first episode and what Will said. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. Kudos to HBO for outstanding job, just wish it would of been longer! Would of loved to see the Trump election as the last episode.
MomOf2Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsSmart and smarter
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My last exposure to Jeff Daniels was in Dumb and Dumber. I know....that was a long time ago. And, it was before I had kids...which was a land far, far away! Since having kids, I have been trapped on Mommy island. But, I'm back in the land of the living.
If your guilty pleasure is any reality trash, this show is not for you. Stop reading this and go back to the Jersey Shore. For the rest of us, this show is smart, quick, and intelligent. What I love most about Aaron Sorkin's writing ( he's the writer of the show...if you didn't get that in the previous line) is that he leads the audience to the denouement but doesn't reveal it immediately. He gives his audience the benefit of the doubt that a few may be able to figure it out without the help of the actors reciting a soliloquy. However, for the rest of us average folk, we receive a nice and neat package of what happened. And it's not demeaning our intelligence. Ok. My intelligence...which is lacking thanks to my offspring.
If you are tired of watching network or cable news and getting stories with a panel of talking heads, you will love this show!
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