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    'The Daily Show' Visits Sorkin's 'Newsroom' (Video)

    Jon Stewart and the cast of The Daily Show are fond of saying they’re pretend journalists, even though they often do a better job of delivering actual news stories than the circus that is CNN. In this segment about the loss of investigative journalism -- too expensive, too ratings-challe...

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    An Irresistible Mix: Smart Meets Soapy in 'The Hour'

    When smart meets soapy, the results can be delicious and addictive television – as long as the show proudly owns its soap opera qualities (that’s one of the secrets of Downton Abbey) and integrates them into the drama (the gap between soap and preaching is what dooms The Newsroom.) ...

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    'The Newsroom' Season 1 Finale: 'The Greater Fool' Rushes In, Can't Help Falling in Love

    Though not a strong episode, the season finale of "The Newsroom" was weirdly likeable by virtue of its commitment to sheer rom-com craziness. Because that is, for better or worse, what the show boils down to: A large serving of romance, with a side of news.

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    'The Newsroom' Episode 9 Review and Recap: 'The Blackout Part 2' -- Whither the Mock Debate?

    Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom" was a moderate letdown from last week's strong episode, with promises of a mock debate barely materializing. But Sloan, the best thing about the Sorkin-scripted show, did get in a great one-liner: "Me? FUCK you."

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    Life Imitates 'The Newsroom,' as CNN Heads Mainstream

    In the last episode of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," his fictional news show started to chase tabloid stories in an attempt to stop their ratings plunge. Well, in real life, number three network CNN is hurting for viewers, with its worst ratings in 20 years, and is now looking to go mainstream, acc...

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    'The Newsroom' Episode 8 Review and Recap: 'The Blackout Part 1' Lights Up the Season

    While the newsroom staffers attempted to stop a ratings plummet, "The Newsroom" halted its season-long plummet with a smart, strong episode. And welcome back, Mackenzie. We like you so much better with a brain.

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    'The Newsroom' Episode 7 Review and Recap: '5/1' Somehow Makes the Death of bin Laden Uninteresting

    Sunday night's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," the weakest of the season, dealt with the death of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALs, and the death of a potentially compelling 50 minutes of television by never-ending filler.

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    'The Girl,' Ethel Kennedy Dominate HBO at TCA: Hedren Calls Hitchcock 'evil and deviant,' Sorkin Answers 'Newsroom' Critics

    HBO may be making fewer movies, but it appears that “The Girl” will be as provocative as any it has ever mounted. It presents a distinctly unsavory vision of revered helmer Alfred Hitchcock (whose "Vertigo" tops Sight & Sound's new poll) through the prism of his u...

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    'The Newsroom' Episode 6 Review and Recap: 'Bullies,' Heroes and Will McAvoy's Charmed Navigation of the Two

    In Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," Will tries to knock internet bullies off their anonymous pedestals, and in turn realizes he's a bully. The problem with this show? Aaron Sorkin will never truly let Will McAvoy be knocked from HIS pedestal.

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    HBO Gives Middling to Poor Reviews of 'The Newsroom' a Strange Makeover in Print Ad

    Misrepresentative review quotes being used for film or TV show ads is nothing new. HBO is the latest to climb on the bandwagon of strategically placed ellipses with its ads for Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," a show receiving mixed reviews at best.

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