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The Newsroom: Season 2 (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Thanks to focused storytelling and a more restrained tone, The Newsroom finds surer footing in its second season, even if it still occasionally succumbs to Aaron Sorkin's most indulgent whims.

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Aaron Sorkin's Golden Globe-nominated drama set at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) flashes back to September 2011 as the second season opens, but an on-air remark by anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) gets him KO'd from coverage of the 9/11 anniversary. Meanwhile, Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) volunteers to fill in for a reporter covering the Mitt Romney presidential campaign in New Hampshire; and Neal (Dev Patel) investigates the beginnings of Occupy Wall Street. But there's a ticking time bomb that threatens the reputation?and existence?of "News Night" in a controversial report about U.S. soldiers using chemical weapons in the Middle East, and the show's attack-dog lawyer, Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden), comes down hard on the staff, especially Maggie (Allison Pill), whose integrity is questioned after a life-changing experience while on assignment in Africa. Also starring in Season 2 are Hamish Linklater as Jerry Dantana, Jim's temporary replacement; Grace Gummer as Hallie Shea, another reporter on the Romney campaign; and Constance Zimmer as Taylor Warren, a Romney spokesperson who is unhappy with the candidate's treatment by the press.

Cast

Jeff Daniels
as Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer
as MacKenzie McHale
Alison Pill
as Margaret Jordan
Thomas Sadoski
as Don Keefer
Dev Patel
as Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn
as Sloan Sabbith
Sam Waterston
as Charlie Skinner
Hamish Linklater
as Jerry Dantana
Marcia Gay Harden
as Rebecca Halliday
Grace Gummer
as Hallie Shea
Chris Chalk
as Gary Cooper
Jane Fonda
as Leona Lansing
Chris Messina
as Reese Lansing
Hope Davis
as Nina Howard
Constance Zimmer
as Taylor Warren
Adina Porter
as Kendra James
Kelen Coleman
as Lisa Lambert
Margaret Judson
as Tess Westin
Wynn Everett
as Tamara Hart
Thomas Matthews
as Martin Stallworth
Trieu Tran
as Joey Phan
Aya Cash
as Shelly Wexler
Ben Koldyke
as Cyrus West
David Harbour
as Elliot Hirsch
John F. Carpenter
as Herb Wilson
John F. Carpetner
as Herb Wilson
Charlie Weirauch
as Jake Watson
Riley Voelkel
as Jenna Johnson
Nick Gehlfuss
as Ross Kessler
Andy Wagner
as Ken Weinraub
Anna Khaja
as Shannon Hammid
Josh Latzer
as Door Guard
Sarah Scott Davis
as Terry Smith
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Critic Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 2

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

How a man can simultaneously be so out of touch and yet have his finger so firmly on the pulse is remarkable.

March 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Few TV dramas are as thought-provoking or daringly opinionated.

July 12, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Give this excellent and improved show another chance.

July 11, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Newsroom can be exciting in small doses, but when the tone is always at a peak, the peaks just make a new floor.

July 12, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Finding its feet thanks to a compelling ongoing storyline, the second season of Aaron Sorkin's politically-charged HBO drama is an improvement over the first.

November 29, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sorkin has blessedly toned down and cooled the quip-filled "His Girl Friday" banter enough to inject the show with a healthy dose of realism.

October 12, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 2

AdamG.

Super Reviewer

IdreesK.

Super Reviewer

½

Season two became this dreadful soap opera about characters' relationships but not on the news itself, very disappointed.

SylvesterK.

Super Reviewer

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