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'The Newsroom's' Jeff Daniels: Before the Emmys, 'Heartburn' and 'Breaking Away'

Remember when Jeff Daniels pined for Meryl Streep? You don't?That happened -- on screen, anyway -- long before the actor earned his 2013 Emmy nomination, the first of his career, as anchorman Will McAvoy on HBO's "The Newsroom." Among his numerous movies was director Mike Nichols' 1986 take on Nora Ephron's autobiographical best seller "Heartburn," casting Daniels as the smitten editor who haplessly watched food writer Streep (as Ephron, basically) fall for a columnist played by Jack Nicholson (more or less representing Carl Bernstein) at a wedding. Take a look: From that point forward, Daniels' roles primarily were starring ones, such projects as "Terms of Endearment" and Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo" having boosted him toward that status. But television gave him a couple of his earliest roles, and he was just getting started as an iconic series was ending.PICS: Before they were 2013 Emmy nomineesHis first professional credit was "The Flight of... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/the-newsrooms-jeff-daniels-before-the-emmys-heartburn-and-breaking-away.html

HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ Finale Ratings Down From Last Season

HBO’s “The Newsroom” was a little less bustling for its Season 2 finale than it was for its first season capper, at least in viewers. The season finale of Aaron Sorkin’s series on Sunday took a ratings hit compared to its Season 1 finale, drawing 1.7 million total viewers with its 10 p.m. airing.  Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/hbos-newsroom-finale-drops-in-ratings/

Thomas Sadoski Talks THE NEWSROOM Season 2, Delivering Sorkin Dialogue, Working with Olivia Munn, the Show’s Polarizing Nature, and More

From the mind of  Aaron Sorkin  (creator of  The West Wing  and screenwriter of  The Social Network and  Moneyball ),  The Newsroom  is a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program.  Focusing on network anchor Will McAvoy ( Jeff Daniels ), his executive producer and former girlfriend MacKenzie McHale ( Emily Mortimer ), the newsroom staff ( John Gallagher, Jr. ,  Olivia Munn ,  Dev Patel ,  Alison Pill  and  Thomas Sadoski ) and their boss ( Sam Waterston ), the series tracks their idealistic and seemingly impossible mission to do the news well, in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, as well as their own personal entanglements. Read More... http://collider.com/thomas-sadoski-the-newsroom-interview/

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.  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... http://www.tvguide.com/News/The-Newsroom-Finale-Season3-Renewal-1070361.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'The Newsroom' Season 2 finale: 'Election Night' isn't the biggest story at ACN

"ACN is able to project Mitt Romney will win the great state of Kansas ... "Anchorman Will McAvoy(Jeff Daniels) and his cable news network were right in the thick of the action as "Election Night, Part II," the Aaron Sorkin-written finale of Season 2 of HBO's "The Newsroom," began Sunday (Sept. 15). And as with the previous week's "Part I," there was just as much activity off-camera.Don (Thomas Sadoski) was working to nail down the tip he'd gotten that Gen. David Petraeus was about to resign. Charlie (Sam Waterston) was debating whether to go with that or with the story about a congressman that had yielded the Petraeus tip, as an intended trade-off.Don lobbied strongly for the Petraeus story, which ACN would run before anyone else and which he believed would "earn us back some credibility and goodwill" in the wake of the Operation Genoa debacle. In the end, Charlie decided, "We'll report Petraeus is... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/the-newsroom-season-2-finale-election-night-isnt-the-biggest-story-at-acn.html

The Newsroom Finale 2013 “Election Night, Part II”

The Newsroom  “Election Night, Part II” Season 2 Episode 9 airs Sunday September 15 at 10 pm ET/PT. Episode Synopsis:  “Election Night, Part II” – As election night 2012 winds down, Will and Charlie await a decision from Reese (Chris Messina) that may impact their future at ACN, and that of the entire senior staff. Sloan learns the identity of the anonymous winning bidder for her book; Don discusses a countersuit against Jerry (Hamish Linklater) with Rebecca (Marcia Gay Harden); Neal turns to Hallie (Grace Gummer) for help giving Mac a parting gift; Jim tries to make peace with Lisa (Kelen Coleman), encouraging Maggie (Alison Pill) to do the same; Will has a revelation while Charlie is sharing his. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2013/09/15/the-newsroom-finale-2013-election-night-part-ii/

'The Newsroom' Season 2 finale: Thomas Sadoski embraces Aaron Sorkin's 'theater for television'

"Fight for your rights" could well be the mantra of the Season 2 finale of "The Newsroom."Various staffers of Atlantis Cable News do just that on Election Night 2012, as a script by series creator Aaron Sorkin wraps up the HBO drama's sophomore round Sunday (Sept. 15).Charlie (Sam Waterston) wants to resign without being sued over it by network owner Leona (Jane Fonda); Mac (Emily Mortimer) wants her erroneous Wikipedia page fixed; Sloan (Olivia Munn) wants to know who made the winning auction bid on an autographed book she actually didn't sign; and Will (Emmy nominee Jeff Daniels) ... well, what he wants most becomes clear in the episode's last five minutes.And Don (Thomas Sadoski) wants to do his producing job without worrying about a lawsuit filed against him by another producer, fired from ACN after tampering with an interview crucial to the network's ultimately flawed Operation Genoa investigation."It's one of the things I enjoy... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/the-newsroom-season-2-finale-thomas-sadoski-embraces-aaron-sorkins-theater-for-television.html

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’ Gets Eviscerated in Funny or Die Sketch (Video)

Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” is getting a taste of its own medicine in a new parody of the first episode’s memorable speech in which Jeff Daniels’ anchorman character, Will McAvoy, delivers an epic takedown of America at a college speaking engagement. In the HBO drama, Daniels is asked by a nervous college student what makes America the greatest country in the world. In the Funny or Die sketch, the same college student asks actor Luke Barnett why “The Newsroom” is the greatest show on television.   Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/aaron-sorkins-the-newsroom-gets-eviscerated-by-funny-or-die-sketch-video/

'The Newsroom's' Thomas Sadoski: 'We're doing a third season'

HBO hasn't given the official word yet on Season 3 of "The Newsroom," but some of its stars are confirming they've gotten the green light.Current Emmy nominee Jeff Daniels recently tweeted that the show was "coming back," and Thomas Sadoski -- who plays Atlantis Cable News producer Don Keefer -- is backing that up in advance of the Aaron Sorkin-created drama's Season 2 finale Sunday (Sept. 15)."My understanding is that we're doing a third season," Sadoski tells Zap2it. "That's what I've been told. I don't know what the holdup is on their end [in announcing it], but to every question I've asked of them, they've said, 'Yes.'"In this weekend's wrap-up to the show's current year, set on Election Night 2012, Don remains furious over lawsuits filed against ACN by a producer fired over the Operation Genoa controversy."I don't know that I have specific hopes and dreams for the character," Sadoski says. "I let Aaron take... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/the-newsrooms-thomas-sadoski-were-doing-a-third-season.html

The Newsroom Season 2 Episode 8 “Election Night, Part I”

The Newsroom  “Election Night, Part I” Season 2 Episode 8 airs Sunday September 8 at 10 pm ET/PT. Episode Synopsis:  “Election Night, Part I” – In the wake of Leona’s (Jane Fonda) refusal to accept the resignations of three top ACN talents, “News Night” goes forward with its 2012 election night coverage, featuring Will (Jeff Daniels) in the unlikely role of director of morale. Sloan (Olivia Munn) is perturbed that her book was auctioned off with a forged signature, while Mac (Emily Mortimer) tasks Neal (Dev Patel) to fix a faulty Wikipedia page. Mindful that Charlie (Sam Waterston) wants a screw-up-free evening, Jim (John Gallagher, Jr.) weighs the cons of retracting a call he made too soon. The team deliberates whether to hold off on a story that might affect a tight Senate race. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2013/09/08/the-newsroom-season-2-episode-8-election-night-part-i/
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