The Newsroom – TV Series (Season 2)
Running Time: 60 minutes per episode
Created by: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Sam Waterston
This season of The Newsroom opened with a lawsuit against ACN news team for institutional failure related to a story that News Night reported that has been proved to be inaccurate. This is then followed by a series of episodes recapping what happened prior to the news report, what led up to it, and what happened after the team finds out that they did a mistake.
This season like the last focused on the team as they work around the news updates. In particular I was captivated by Alison Pill’s portrayal of Maggie as she was put through a tough time after her breakup with Don, her clash with Jim, and her feud with roommate, Lisa. I thought Pill delivered a solid performance throughout the season with the complexity of her character. Jeff Daniels delivered his equally strong performance as Will McAvoy. The writing for this season, though was not as captivating and thrilling as the first season, but after the first few episodes, it was hard to peel your eyes off the show. It took a while to get the hang of the main focus of this season, but nevertheless the writing was still exciting and dramatic to watch.
This season also focused a lot more on the dynamics between Don (Sadoski) and Sloan (Munn), Will (Daniels) and MacKenzie (Mortimer), Jim (Gallagher Jr) and Maggie (Pill), Neal (Patel) with the rest of the team, and Charlie (Waterston) and Will. There is also a few notable cast this season – Marcia Gay Harden as the witty yet cutthroat lawyer representing ACN, Hamish Linklater as one of senior producers who replaces Jim on the News Night for several episodes, and Grace Gummer as Hallie, one of the news correspondents that Jim meets. It did make sense why Sorkin decided to focus more on the characters this season, rather than the news, so that the audience can further understand and empathize with the characters. Aside from that, the season also had a more serious tone throughout the nine episodes, with the exception of the last ten minutes of the season finale. As mentioned by a few, it seemed like the ending was suited for a series finale with almost all of the unresolved business among the characters rectified.
All in all, the season ends with you wanting more from the show, and it reminds you why Sorkin is still one of the best writers out there, and the ensemble is still captivating to watch. Although, the season is not as strong as the previous one, it still have noteworthy episodes such as Unintended Consequences, News Night with Will McAvoy, One Step Too Many, and Election Night: Part 1 and 2. So, here’s to hoping that The Newsroom will be returning with another season, and hopefully soon.
Rating: 7 out of 10