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The Newsroom

The Complete First Season
(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Newsroom


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The Newsroom takes a behind-the-scenes look at a high-rated cable-news program at the fictional ACN Network, focusing on the on and off camera lives of its acerbic anchor, a new executive producer, and their newsroom staff.
Title: The newsroom
The complete first season
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Home Box Office :, Warner Home Video,, [2013]
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (610 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Contains all 10 episodes from the first season.
DVD release of episodes originally broadcast on HBO in 2012.
Special features: Episodic previews & recaps ; deleted scenes ; inside the episodes ; roundtable discussion with cast & crew ; Mission control: a behind the scenes look at the state-of-the-art set with the cast & crew ; audio commentaries; series index.
Contents: disc 1. episode 1. We just decided to ; episode 2. News night 2.0
disc 2. episode 3. The 112th Congress ; episode 4. I'll try to fix you ; episode 5. Amen
disc 3. episode 6. Bullies ; episode 7. 5/1 ; episode 8. The blackout, part I: Tragedy porn
episode 9. The blackout, part II: Mock debate ; episode 10. The greater fool.
Summary: The Newsroom takes a behind-the-scenes look at a high-rated cable-news program at the fictional ACN Network, focusing on the on and off camera lives of its acerbic anchor, a new executive producer, and their newsroom staff.
Audience: Rating TV-MA.
ISBN: 9781622242337
1622242335
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Did you know that the Library has TV Series available for checkout on DVD? New shows including Game of Thrones, Doc Martin, Homeland, Call the Midwife, Orphan Black, The Newsroom, Breaking Bad, Flashpoint, New Girl, Girls, Sherlock, The Vampire Diaries, Downton Abbey, Modern Family, Hot In Cleveland, Orange is the New Black, Vera, The Big C, Castle, New Tricks and more are on our shelves under the new category, DVD Television. What have we been watching? If you liked The Office or Seinfeld you will probably enjoy the good-hearted nature of the comedy in New Girl. Quirky characters and plots, the lead star and new girl, Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel, is sure to win your heart. I recently picked up The Newsroom and was swept up by the fast-paced dialogue and drama. Another hit HBO series, directed by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), and starring Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer. Orphan Black is a fast-moving thriller set in Toronto, featuring one fantastic actress playing 6 roles. If you like British-style grittiness, scientific shenanigans, and edge-of-your-seat viewing this edgy drama may be your thing.

Report This Apr 13, 2014
  • xaipe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This series greatly improves after the first 2 episodes. The actors in these first episodes deliver their lines at such breakneck speed that they are hard to understand and it's impossible to appreciate the wit. I had to resort to subtitles to keep up. I suppose the director thought that this simulated the frenetic quality of a newsroom, but I found it merely annoying. I almost abandoned watching the show and am glad I didn't. Although it isn't mentioned in the credits, I'd be willing to bet that "The Newsroom" is loosely based on the British series "The Hour" which, in my opinion, was much better. I could have done without the romantic storyline additions/intrusions which added nothing to the plot except to possibly make it more palatable to those allergic to the Machiavellian twists and turns of American politics. Too bad the Congressional shutdown occurred too late to be included in this season. "The Newsroom" is better than most TV series, but not nearly as good as Sorkin's "West Wing" was which remains one of my all-time favorite TV shows. This show just proves that corporations don't control ALL of television!

i don't want to watch ANYTHING that tapia's watched, just on principle. tapia's creepy.

Well Tapia, who do conservatives support for President, Oregon Governor and US Senate? What shows and movies do recommend?

Report This Mar 30, 2014
  • Tapia rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

NewsRoom is a non-stop left wing propaganda hit job on the conservatives and right leaning citizens of this country. It sets the stage by having it's protagonist claim to be a Republican (RHINO, Republican In Name Only). This of course gives him blanket coverage to brazenly attack and publicly humiliate his mulish brothers on the right. He is also a former prosecutor which establishes that he is a tough no nonsense guy who is only all too well qualified to, not surprisingly, prosecute his political opponents. Jeff Daniels who plays the role of this newsman has in his lovers absence taken the low road and decided to make his Nielsen ratings the priority by being evasive and placating his viewership with masked indifference. He is finally shaken out of his commercial quest by this old flame who proceeds to prod him to finally tell the truth and prosecute right wingers like the Tea party and conservative politicians in the court of public opinion over the air; to be the Quixotic heroic journalist representing the fourth estate American democracy can't survive without. However they freely admit that they will not as journalist be balanced so the series proceeds to make all conservatives appear, not without hilarity, as stupid bigots living in an anachronistic America that must be forgotten and surmounted. Their main argument is that it is private interests and the rich, none of which they are although the protagonist gets paid so much that he can give back three million dollars to change his contract, that use the media to distract and misinform the public at large. Yes, the true threat is people like the nefarious Koch brothers who are only nefarious for the most part because most people have never heard of them and thus discretion plus wealth plus being on the opposite side of the political fence equals scandal. The fact that PBS and NPR both public stations are notoriously left wing and maintain a cadre of rich donors is not the same because remember, being unbiased is not bad only being untruthful. The notion that the truth is inherently unbiased seems to escape the transmundane minds of our heroes who are saving the world from it's self deluding notion that those of us who are not left of center could possibly stand on meritorious ground or have a point of view of any value. Let's see what we can find out about Aaron Sorkin it's screenwriter on Wikipedia "A consistent supporter of the Democratic Party, Sorkin has made substantial political campaign contributions to candidates between 1999 and 2011, according to CampaignMoney.com.[115] During the 2004 US presidential election campaign, the liberal advocacy group MoveOn's political action committee enlisted Sorkin and Rob Reiner to create one of their anti-Bush campaign advertisements.[116] In August 2008, Sorkin was involved in a Generation Obama event at the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, California, participating in a panel discussion subsequent to a screening of Frank Capra's Mr Smith Goes to Washington.[117] Despite this Sorkin does not consider himself a political activist noting " I've met political activists, and they're for real. I've never marched anyplace or done anything that takes more effort than writing a check in terms of activism".[62] In 1987, Sorkin started using marijuana and cocaine. He has said that in cocaine he found a drug that gave him relief from certain nervous tensions he deals with on a regular basis.[2] In 1995, he checked into rehab at the Hazelden Institute in Minnesota, on the advice of his then girlfriend and soon to be wife Julia Bingham, to try to beat his addiction to cocaine." Oh, and he once dated Maureen Dowd...nuff said.

Report This Mar 21, 2014
  • hjuanita rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Will watch anything Sorkin, but have to say, this ain't no West Wing... The dialogue is as bitingly humorous as ever, but the characters delivering were just not credible. Will give it another season...

Tapia take it easy it is only a TV show

Report This Mar 17, 2014
  • ilove48whippets rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent acting! Well-done and informative! Yet, not one of my favorites! Too much going on, perhaps..

We have news in America? This is quite a shock to me. Where is this news supposed to be at? Fox? CNN? AP? CBS News? (Could have fooled me?)

Good writing, appealing characters. Vintage Aaron Sorkin.

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Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sloan Sabbith : “The Greater Fool is … a patsy. For the rest of us to profit, we need a greater fool, someone who will buy long and sell short. Most people spend their lives trying not to be the greater fool; we toss in the hot potato, we dive for his seat when the music stops. The greater fool is someone with the perfect blend of self-delusion and ego to think that he can succeed where others have failed. This whole country was made by greater fools.”

Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Will: And yeah, you, sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there's some things you should know, and one of them is, there's absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force, and number 4 in exports

Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

We lead the world in only 3 categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined. 25 of whom are allies. Now, none of this is the fault of a 20 year old college student. But you, nonetheless, are without a doubt a member of the worst. generation. ever. So when you ask, "what makes us the greatest country in the world?" I dunno know what the fuck you're talking about. Yosemite? [Pause] We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors

Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

We put our money where our mouths were. And we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn't belittle it, it didn't make us feel inferior. We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in our last election. And we didn't... we didn't scare so easy. We were able to be all these things, and to do all these things, because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore. [Pause] Enough?

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