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Of all the undeveloped film scripts in all the vaults in all of Hollywood… Let’s talk for a few minutes about the inevitable sequel to Casablanca. Ahem. [Takes a giant sip of coffee and spits it everywhere, just all over the place, for like 10 minutes straight] Every few years, the Hollywood machine digs up […]

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Follow Joseph Hunter on Twitter. Do you hear that sound, America? Sounds like a bald eagle hitting a home run out of the Grand Canyon? That’s election season, which, not coincidentally, matches up pretty well with baseball season and barbecue season. Listen up, because I’m about to hit you with some truth: It’s almost time […]

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Wow. It’s just not fair. Ten Sunday nights oozing with enjoyment, and at the flick of a switch, they’re gone. Nonetheless, I must find the strength to fight back the tears and recount the episode of all episodes, the finale of finales: “The Greater Fool”.

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Yup… still amazing. So there she stands, Mackenzie MacHale (Emily Mortimer) stirring her newsroom with heartwarming sentiments of teamwork, saying with all sincerity that this blackout could be their moment to come together and- “Son of a bitch!” the power’s back.

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Sh** gets real: Saying that a broadcast has lost half of its audience in a day can easily be construed as exaggeration. If only that was the case for the News Night crew.

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Insert flattering comment here: Opening with the one-year (and one week) anniversary party for News Night 2.0, The Newsroom’s latest installment finds Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) rambling on about his high school pitching injuries as he accepts a bag of special cookies.

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Will’s “mission to civilize” grows uncivil. Death threats are a serious matter, unless you’re Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), of course. Opening with the protagonist’s hysterical attempt to eradicate the cowardice embodied by anonymous comments on his website, the cantankerous crusader soon receives a horrifying message from an offended viewer. But that seems to be the least of his problems.

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Adding flair to the traditional holiday episode. Juxtaposing the buildup to Valentine’s Day with the increasing tension of the 2011 Egyptian revolution was unconventional. However, it’s not like Aaron Sorkin is lacking in ingenuity. With conflict taking center stage and tempers escalating in the office, the romantic holiday assumes an amusing backdrop, emphasizing above all else, the corny familial sentiments shared by the journalists.

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An unstoppable force meets an immovable object (The Dark Knight references are a must at this point). “I’m Don Quixote,” Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) proclaims as he rationalizes a drink to the face. The classy crusader has embarked on a “mission to civilize,” and boy, does it make for good TV. Abandoning the loneliness of his isolated office on New Year’s Eve (a day described as misery incarnate by multiple personas), Will clumsily engages gossip columnist Nina Howard in conversation. I can only describe what ensues as the most awkward courtship I have ever seen attempted. After discovering her intention to “take down” one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, McAvoy commences a lecture that will leave viewers’ stomachs churning and jaws gaping. Not one moment before delivering several hysterical and supposedly “professional” jibes at her career and claiming that heroin dealers deserve more respect than those who engage in what the protagonist affectionately labels “human cockfighting” does Will effectively crash… burn… and explode in Hollywood-like fashion.

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Job security VS occupation enjoyment. You know that moment when you think everything is alright. Better yet, the instant when you truly believe that life is great. “The 112th Congress” skillfully throws those feelings up on screen. Congressional elections take center-stage as Elvis Presley’s “Burning Love” plays metaphor to Will McAvoy’s (Jeff Daniels) rekindled passion for reporting. The enactment of New Night 2.0 has spiced up the newsroom, breathing vivacity into the workers and inspiring comradery.

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The way stories should be told. A storm of words overwhelms the viewer as characters communicate at lightspeed, exchanging witty criticisms at a pace too quick for the typical mind to comprehend them, let alone appreciate their acidity. Anxiety builds in the observer. A trace of uneasiness rapidly rises from the abdomen to the throat with the increasing speed of each conversation. What delightful tension!

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Integrity AND popularity? Every ensuing HBO original meets mountain-high expectations as phenomena such as Game of Thrones and True Blood continue to garner critical acclaim. With all of the hype surrounding Aaron Sorkin’s most recent political statement, The Newsroom, one could easily assume that the titans of television have given way to a formidable new rival. And while assuming shouldn’t exactly be a “go-to” in a world where the masses faithfully follow series after series revolving around pregnant teenagers, HBO is no MTV.

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