The Newsroom

‘The Newsroom’ Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: “Main Justice”

We open on last week’s cliffhanger, with Gary “HR Nightmare” Cooper singing Cole Porter and walking in on the FBI. He swears—gotta relish your time on HBO while it’s still there!—and Mac yells about her wedding, but Charlie’s the one who actually gets his act together and does something. While he “calls” ACN’s West Coast office to “set up” a live broadcast of the raid, Don and Jim scramble to set up a functional newsroom, the thing it is their job as producers to do. Maggie shouts empowered stuff at her ex-boyfriends, like “Shut up!” and “Your fly is unzipped!” and “FUCK!,” and the FBI calls off the raid instead of calling Charlie’s bluff. … Read More

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‘The Newsroom’ Season 3 Episode 2 Recap: “Run”

No wonder Aaron Sorkin is quitting TV! The first five minutes of “Run” gives us the most perfect distillation of the Sorkin sensibility we’re ever likely to get, straight from the man of himself. “I’m a douche on the side of the angels!” Chris Messina hollers across the table at an unimpressed Kat Dennings. Game over, mic dropped. Well-meaning self-righteousness, explained by a middle-aged man to a young woman: we’ve reached Peak Sorkin, and the guy’s understandably chosen to quit (for screenwriting) while he’s ahead. … Read More

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‘The Newsroom’ Season 3 Premiere Recap: “Boston”

Well, it happened: in a plot line about half a sentence removed from an Onion storyThe Newsroom decided to take on the Boston Marathon. Character-wise, we begin the final season almost exactly where we left off, except Meryl Streep’s daughter is now working for ACN as a blogger, complete with a roped-off little blogger pen proclaiming she’s a part of “ACN DIGITAL,” not the actual News Night team. Anyway, Aaron Sorkin has claimed that one of his biggest regrets from the show was giving journalists the impression he’s telling them how to do their jobs. That may be true, but “Boston” sure doesn’t show it. … Read More

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Does ‘The Newsroom’ Reveal a Grand Unified Sorkinverse™?

For the most part, The Newsroom‘s final season is dying-broadcast-news-business as usual. Will McAvoy continues to be an insufferable blowhard. Olivia Munn continues to be way, way better than the show. And the Internet continues to be the Big, Bad Bogeyman that’s taking journalism to hell in a hand basket. (At one point, Meryl Streep’s daughter says the word “retweets” in a way that is supposed to convey profound shame. It does not work, but not for lack of trying.) But there is one new, potentially earth-shaking development here — one with very important consequences for our understanding of Sorkinland. … Read More

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10 TV Events to Look Out for in November

After September and October’s slew of premieres, November is a bit of a weird month for TV. Late fall is a grab bag of cable shows, reality TV, Lifetime specials, and stand-up comedy, with a few scattered network dramas in between. Still, with Grumpy Cat, Gordon Ramsay, and Aaron Sorkin on the agenda, November’s hardly lacking in water cooler conversation material. Here are the top ten events to line up on your DVR this month. … Read More

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‘The Newsroom’, ‘The Comeback’, and ‘Getting On’ Premiere Dates

HBO announced premiere dates for three fall shows including the third season of The Newsroom, the return of The Comeback, and the… Read More

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Women Should Be Next on Aaron Sorkin’s Apology List

In a rare moment of humility this week, Aaron Sorkin apologized… sort of. He said a few words to journalists who do the kind of work he portrays on The Newsroom, in an attempt to smooth over any misunderstandings about how he portrays their profession. … Read More

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Thomas Sadoski of ‘The Newsroom’ Will Be Mr. Sugar in the Film of Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild’

We’re huge fans of Portland author Cheryl Strayed, best known for her bestselling memoir Wild, so we were intrigued to… Read More

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