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'The Newsroom' At PaleyFest: The Cast On Season 2 And The Show's Success

March 5th, 2013 2:20pm EST
The Newsroom
HBO's The Newsroom is fantastic. Shows like it are the reason we have TV in the first place. But what exactly makes the show such a phenomenon? At Sunday's Paley Center for Media evening celebrating the series, I spoke with several members of the cast to find out what they think makes it great - and learned a few things about what's coming up in Season 2.

For John Gallagher, Jr., who plays the ever so endearing Jim Harper, he knew the show was something special "When I read the pilot. I'd been an Aaron Sorkin fan for years but I thought when I read the first episode, I thought he'd complet...
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What's the Final Headline for 'The Newsroom'?

August 26th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
The Newsroom
The Newsroom was easily the most talked-about new series of 2012. Between the hype and the alleged backlash and the real backlash, everyone seemed to have their two cents about HBO's newest original series. Yet now as we approach tonight's first-season finale, what have we learned from it all?

There will be no hand-wringing or teeth-grinding about its fate: we learned long ago that the show has been renewed for a second season. So, that's the usual burning question out of the way.

We've seen that after the short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Aaron Sorkin has returned to televisio...
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Brittany's Blog: Things 'The Newsroom' Taught Me

August 5th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
The Newsroom
This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...and this week I want to discuss a little show called The Newsroom, and all the things I've learned from it. Not only is it one of the best shows you're not watching, it's a series that - love it or hate it - has almost become bigger than the show itself. There's enough to talk about that..well, it unintentionally took over this entire blog. So, in no particular order, here are seven things that I've taken away from The Newsroom.

1. The TV Main Title Sequence Is Not Dead

The television main title sequence seems to be on its way to bei...
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Reading 'The Newsroom': 'I'll Try To Fix You'

July 15th, 2012 11:00pm EDT
The Newsroom
The fourth episode of The Newsroom takes on a story that captivated the nation, while everyone's love lives get needlessly meddled in, and Don finally stops being a jerk. While the show struggles with its subplots, there's no denying that it knows how to do the news, even if it's news from two years ago.

The Top Story

While The Newsroom has been grounded in real-life personalities and events from the start, "I'll Try To Fix You" is the first episode where it tackles head-on a real news story that we also all know well: the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. While the BP oil s...
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Reading 'The Newsroom': 'The 112th Congress'

July 8th, 2012 11:00pm EDT
The Newsroom
In the third episode of HBO's The Newsroom, Will picks a fight with the Tea Party, Charlie gets called to the principal's office, and Aaron Sorkin revisits the second episode of Sports Night. It's messy and more than a little familiar, but it's still an impressive addition to the summer TV landscape.

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"The 112th Congress" opens with something that should be very familiar to fans of Sorkin's previous show about a TV show: an on-air apology. Will opens News Night with an editorial comment about how sorry he is for the program's past mistakes and flaws. "I'm a leader in an ind...
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Aaron Sorkin Strikes Again With 'The Newsroom'

June 24th, 2012 10:00am EDT
The Newsroom
The Newsroom is pure Aaron Sorkin. The fingerprints of his creative vision are obvious and numerous throughout HBO's newest original series. And damned if that isn't a sight to behold.

Sorkin has a unique and very specific voice, one that television has missed. This isn't to detract from his successes with Moneyball and The Social Network, or at the beginning of his career with The American President and A Few Good Men. But Sorkin on the small screen is something different. Sports Night, The West Wing and even the lesser-regarded Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip gave us the chance to savor ...
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'Law & Order' And 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Return In January

December 4th, 2007 9:32am EST
Law & Order
NBC will lawyer-up on Wednesday nights as the Emmy Award-winning "Law & Order" resumes with a two-hour season premiere event on Wednesday, January 2 (9-11 p.m. ET), and will continue on Wednesdays starting January 9 (10-11 p.m. ET) preceded by this season's network broadcast premiere of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (9-10 p.m. ET) in its return to NBC that night.

Joining the "Law & Order" cast for the show's 18th season are Jeremy Sisto as Detective Cyrus Lupo and Linus Roache as Chief Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter. Cutter reports to Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) who has bee...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 15

November 15th, 2007 3:00am EST
Sam Waterston
Happy Birthday to rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (1968; d. 2004), jazz guitarist and Jay Leno bandleader Kevin Eubanks (1957), actress Beverly D'Angelo (1951), Law & Order detective Sam Waterston (1940), English singer Petula Clark (1932), TV newspaper publisher Ed Asner (1929), Italian composer Mantovani (1905; d. 1980), and American painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887; d. 1986).
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A Psychiatrist Seeks The Truth From An Unusual Patient On 'Masters Of Science Fiction' Tonight

August 4th, 2007 8:00am EDT
Sam Waterston
Four thought-provoking tales of present and future Earth are brought to life in the all-new anthology series, featuring a stellar lineup of actors and directors and narrated by acclaimed physicist Professor Stephen Hawking. "Masters of Science Fiction" is based on some of the genre's most popular and highly regarded short stories.

In the premiere episode, "A Clean Escape," set somewhere in the not-so-distant future, psychiatrist Dr. Deanna Evans (Judy Davis) doggedly interrogates a distinguished man (Sam Waterston) who appears to be suffering from a lapse in memory. Why can't he rememb...
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'Masters Of Science Fiction' Brings Renowned Storytellers, Stars & Stephen Hawking To ABC

July 8th, 2007 8:30am EDT
Terry O
Just when TV viewers may have had their fill of summer escapist fare, ABC brings to the air a series of four original films as current as today's headlines, but with all the wonder and imagination of the best sci-fi literature, with the Aug. 4 debut of "Masters of Science Fiction."

Featuring stories from some of the most creative minds in science fiction literature, talented actors and directors and hosted by world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, "Masters of Science Fiction" is unlike any program on the air, on broadcast or cable networks. It's an entertaining, crowd-pleasing colle...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 15

November 15th, 2006 3:00am EST
Ed Asner
Happy Birthday to rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (1968; d. 2004), jazz guitarist and Jay Leno bandleader Kevin Eubanks (1957), actress Beverly D'Angelo (1951), Law & Order detective Sam Waterston (1940), English singer Petula Clark (1932), TV newspaper publisher Ed Asner (1929), Italian composer Mantovani (1905; d. 1980), and American painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887; d. 1986).
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Kathleen Turner To Play an Attorney on 'Law & Order' Episode

February 6th, 2006 1:36pm EST
Kathleen Turner
Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner guest stars on NBC's Law & Order Wed., Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The veteran actress will reunite with her Serial Mom co-star Sam Waterston when she plays high-powered defense attorney Rebecca Shane, representing a privileged student accused of murder.

In the "Law and Order" episode titled "Magnet," Shane faces off against A.D.A. Jack McCoy pitting a showy designer defense against old-fashioned legal maneuvering, generating sparks in and potentially out of the courtroom.

When Detectives Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Gree...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 15

November 15th, 2005 3:00am EST
Chad Kroeger of Nickelback
Happy Birthday to actress Virginie Ledoyen (1976), Nickelback guitarist Chad Kroeger (1974), Aeon Flux actor Jonny Lee Miller (1972), rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (1968; d. 2004), jazz guitarist and Jay Leno bandleader Kevin Eubanks (1957), actress Beverly D'Angelo (1951), Law & Order detective Sam Waterston (1940), English singer Petula Clark (1932), TV newspaper publisher Ed Asner (1929), Italian composer Mantovani (1905; d. 1980), and American painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887; d. 1986).
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