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The Newsroom Recap

Rape Episode Of 'The Newsroom' Could Be Its Biggest Misstep Yet

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment

Sunday's episode of "The Newsroom" -- the series' penultimate installment -- made waves with a storyline about the victim of rape on a college campus....

'The Newsroom' Is Getting Better, But It's Still Kind Of The Worst

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" aired the second of its final six episodes on Sunday, which means time is running out for the often-criticized series to...

'The Newsroom' Gets One Last Chance To Right Its Wrongs

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 11.10.2014 | Entertainment

Sunday night on HBO was all about expectations. After some critical backlash and an apology from creator Aaron Sorkin, the question surrounding the...

'The Newsroom' Season Finale Is (Finally) Here

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 11.15.2013 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

"Election Night, Part II" feels incredibly like a series finale, as if Aaron Sorkin thought the show wasn't coming back when he wrote it. You get that feeling as you watch one, and then another, and then another lingering storyline get neatly and happily wrapped up.

What The **** Just Happened On 'The Newsroom'?

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 11.09.2013 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

It's almost as if, at the eleventh hour, Aaron Sorkin is just thumbing his nose at everyone.

'The Newsroom' Recap: Thank God For Jane Fonda

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.26.2013 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

"Red Team III" was good! It was a good episode. It really was. Now, of course, in being good, it was also essentially the opposite of every single other episode of the season.

Everything Is Falling Apart

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.18.2013 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

There were a bunch of good things and one very bad thing about the Genoa plot this week. The bad came entirely in the shape of Jerry Dantana.

Sorkin Tackles Sideboob, Coming Out & Loss

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.11.2013 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

This is the second or third episode of this season so far where a lot happens in the plot, and yet it feels as though the show is spinning in place. There's an odd weightlessness, even as seemingly momentous things occur on screen.

What Happened To Maggie

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.05.2013 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

"Let me start with a really tough question," the lawyer tells Maggie. Was I the only one who was thinking it would be, "WHAT'S WITH THE HAIR?"

Not This Again!

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 07.29.2013 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

I'm beginning to doubt the wisdom of starting this season of "The Newsroom" having already given away that the Genoa stuff isn't real. It saps the hunt for the story of some crucial dramatic tension.


Jack Mirkinson | Posted 07.22.2013 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

Even though we know it's all going to fall apart, the story of the supposed American war crime in Pakistan continues to intrigue. It's somewhat encouraging that it is the framing around which the entire season appears to be based.

Here We Go Again

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 07.15.2013 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

Most of "The Newsroom's" biggest problems are still big problems, but remains a show with an incredible cast, a creator who is capable of great things, and a premise that could still work. Let's keep our fingers crossed, shall we?

'The Newsroom' Recap: It's All Over!

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.27.2012 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night... Sorry to be cribbing from musicals, but it can't be helped as we close the books on the first sea...

'The Newsroom' Recap: Republicans And Romance

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.20.2012 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

Watching "The Newsroom" is sort of like putting on a slightly bad pair of glasses (the headaches included). Everything is off just enough that it's a ...

Why I'm Still Watching The Newsroom

Jennifer Tress | Posted 10.14.2012 | Entertainment
Jennifer Tress

As Sorkin and his fellow executive producers prepare for season two, I hope they take the feedback to heart and turn the show around.

'The Newsroom' Recap: Casey Anthony Is The Devil

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.13.2012 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

God has a big part in "The Blackout: Part 1," both as savior and political cudgel. But the Devil gets a lot more screen time, especially in the monstrous form of Casey Anthony. The maybe-murderer-mom becomes the catalyst for one of the most humorless, sour hours on "The Newsroom" thus far.

'The Newsroom' Recap: The One Where They Kill Bin Laden

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.06.2012 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

For a show that's ostensibly about the news, "The Newsroom" spends a hell of a lot of time focused on other things. If there was any episode that you might expect would veer away from this pattern, it would be "5/1," which is all about the killing of Osama bin Laden. Alas, Aaron Sorkin has other ideas.

'The Newsroom' Recap: Threats And Explosions

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 07.30.2012 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

It's become clear that, the less time is spent on its characters' personal lives, the better "The Newsroom" is. "Bullies" spends enough time on the ne...

'The Newsroom' Recap: Poor Emily Mortimer

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 09.21.2012 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

"Amen" was, in many ways, a relative rebound from the horrors of "I'll Try To Fix You," but its treatment of MacKenzie was nothing less than ugly to witness.

'The Newsroom' Recap: Dates From Hell

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 09.14.2012 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

In "I'll Try To Fix You," Aaron Sorkin decides to mostly take a break from the newsgathering part of "The Newsroom" and instead focus on the personal dramas of his characters. This proves to be a bit of a problem.

'The Newsroom' Recap: All Hail Jane Fonda

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 09.08.2012 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

"The 112th Congress," the third episode of "The Newsroom," is alternately more annoying and, in certain spots, more entertaining than anything that has come before it.

'The Newsroom' Recap: It Doesn't Get Better

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 07.02.2012 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

I worried that I'd been too cynical and too hard on the show. But the second episode, "Newsnight 2.0," did not do much to bolster my hopes for "The Newsroom."

'The Newsroom' Recap: Sorkin Slips Up In The Oil-Filled Premiere

Jack Mirkinson | Posted 06.25.2012 | TV
Jack Mirkinson

"The Newsroom" is not irredeemable. Sorkin is a frequently great writer. He's got a really, really good cast. It's foolish to write any of them off after one or two episodes. But, so far, I'm very worried.