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  • Birth Name: Samuel Atkinson Waterston
  • Birth Place: Cambridge, MA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/15/1940, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor
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Sam Waterston and Jane Fonda Reunite for Netflix’s Grace and Frankie

The Newsroom's third and final season won't debut until this fall, but at least one star has already lined up his next gig.

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The Newsroom's Happy Ending: What Does It Mean for the Show's Future?

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday's Season 2 finale of HBO's The Newsroom. Read at your own risk.]

Depending on who you ask, The Newsroom will be back for a third season on HBO. But you might not have guessed that from watching the show's Season 2 finale. 

Jeff Daniels: The Newsroom has been renewed

The finale focused primarily on the "News Night" team reporting on the 2012 election in the shadow of the huge failure of the false Operation Genoa story, but before the episode ended, nearly every other ongoing plot thread from the season (and series) was tidily wrapped up in a seemingly happy ending...read more

Weekend Playlist: Last Tango in Halifax, Boardwalk Empire Join Sunday Crush

Anyone seeking momentary relief from the dazzling darkness of the anti-hero vogue so prevalent on Sunday nights — epitomized by Breaking Bad's harrowing race to the finish line — will find a delightful tonic in PBS's Last Tango in Halifax (Sunday, check tvguide.com listings), a winning romance about two widowed seventysomethings and their supportive but screwed-up families.

Not a meth dealer (Bad), serial killer (Dexter), bootlegger (Boardwalk Empire) or brooding bully of a fixer (Ray Donovan) in sight, but life is still not without its complications in Halifax, a six-part charmer blessed with instant chemistry between the esteemed Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid (from the recent Upstairs, Downstairs remake) as Alan and Celia, lonely pensioners and former childhood pals who reconnect on Facebook after 60 years and impulsively decide to take a second chance on love.

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Videos

'The Newsroom: Inside Sn 2 / Ep 6' (HBO)
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Le Divorce Scene: See That Roxy
Newsroom at PaleyFest 2013: Sam Waterston Gives an Oral History On Bias in the News

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Credits

Year Title Description
2012 The Newsroom TV Show Series, Actor - Charlie Skinner
2010 Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear TV Show Series, Appearing
2006 AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers TV Show Series, Appearing
2005 The Forest Where We Live TV Show Series, Narrator
2003 Le Divorce Movie, Actor - Chester Walker

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News

The Newsroom: How Many Careers Could "Genoa" End?

Even though Hamish Linklater's character on The Newsroom is at the center of the season's slowly unfolding disaster known as "Genoa," the actor has a hard time accepting his character as a villain.

"He's just a true believer who thinks he's on the side of the angels, and that's why he does what he does," Linklater tells TVGuide.com of his character, Jerry Dantana. "But what was great was that they didn't push me into twirling my mustache or being sort of an obvious bad guy."

Fall Preview: Get scoop on 40 of your favorite returning shows

Shortly after Jerry came to New York to sub in for Jim (John Gallagher Jr.), he received a tip about "Operation Genoa," a mission during which the United States allegedly used sarin gas on civilians while extracting two captured Marines... read more

Newsroom's Olivia Munn Hopes New Girl Character Doesn't Come Between Nick and Jess

Olivia Munn is going from The Newsroom to New Girl.

The former Attack of the Show! host will pop up on the Fox comedy Tuesday as a new love interest for Nick (Jake Johnson). But fans of Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick shouldn't worry: Even Munn wants to see New Girl's best dynamic duo end up together. Still, she has a job to do, which includes bringing out a side of Nick we haven't seen before. To find out what that entails, TVGuide.com turned to Munn to get the scoop: read more

Ask Matt: The Newsroom, Glee Project, Falling Skies, True Blood, More

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: It seems that many TV critics (you being a notable exception) are coming down hard on The Newsroom, and I was wondering if you have an idea of why this is. Yes, it's preachy, but every Aaron Sorkin show and movie is. Successful, intelligent career women are portrayed as being driven mostly by their hormones, but that's true of every woman character on TV that's written by a man (unless played by Julianna Margulies or Connie Britton). And some of the plot contrivances (the wayward e-mails, the Bigfoot obsession, the cute blonde assistant who is smart when the plot needs her smart and dumb when the plot needs her dumb) are cringe-worthy. On the other hand, you've got a talented, likable cast ably delivering some of the snappiest dialogue on TV, which right there puts it ahead of 95 percent of everything else.

I'm not saying it's not flawed, but the pluses outweigh the minuses by quite a bit, and the show is wildly entertaining. So why the heavily negative reaction? Is Sorkin held to a higher standard? Are journalists taking more shots because the show is set in a milieu they know (a newsroom) rather than the White House? Curious on your take on this. — Rick

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Weekend TV: The Newsroom, Falling Skies, The Great Escape

There aren't enough words. Except in the world of Aaron Sorkin, where there are always enough, maybe too many, as the Emmy- and Oscar-winning maestro of the hyper-verbal aria (The West Wing, Sports Night, The Social Network) aims his sights back on TV with the exhilarating, exasperating and often sensationally entertaining The Newsroom. (It premieres Sunday at 10/9c following summer hit True Blood.) read more

Inside Aaron Sorkin's New HBO Drama The Newsroom

Jeff Daniels storms out of the glass-walled conference room for the fifth time in 25 minutes. Apparently, Nancy Grace can do that to a man. Take after take, her Southern-fried commentary on the Casey Anthony murder case has been blaring on multiple television monitors around the set of a TV newsroom, and her "Oh, God, will you look at that" attitude is more than Daniels' character, Will McAvoy, can bear.

McAvoy is a veteran anchorman unraveling before our eyes on The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama about... read more

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