Emily Mortimer, Jeff Daniels
In an early scene of HBO's new Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom, a college student asks the show's hero, Will McAvoy, why the U.S. is the best country in the world.
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It's a vapid question, to be sure, but Will's mean-spirited answer — he says simply that it isn't, and then rattles off a withering, Sorkinian litany of statistics about literacy, life expectancy and infant mortality that prove his point — is both electrifying and kind of depressing.
Will (Jeff Daniels, in his first TV series role) is a moderate Republican cable news anchor whose show, "News Night," has succeeded in the ratings because Will has played it safe, journalistically speaking. (One critic calls him the "Jay Leno of news anchors.") When we first meet him, he's in a rut, and his staff, none too impressed with his very public tantrum, has decided to seek other employment....
Emily Mortimer and Jeff Daniels
In the world of 24/7 news cycles, what qualifies as information and what is just entertainment? That's the question asked by the cast and crew of HBO's new drama The Newsroom, from Aaron Sorkin, the mind behind The West Wing and The Social Network, who is about to pull the curtain back on the world of a cable news network.
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A new trailer for his upcoming HBO series The Newsroom strikes a considerably different tone than that of the first, in which brash news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) has a Howard Beale-like meltdown. But Trailer No. 2 shows it's not all ...
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