August 26, 2013 |
A basketball shot clock, of all things, proves the undoing of an ethically challenged TV journalist on “Red Team III,” Episode 17 of HBO's “The Newsroom.” ACN senior producer Jerry Dantana (Hamish Linklater), determined to win a Peabody Award for investigative reporting, deviously “cooked” an interview with a retired Marine Corps general (Stephen Root). By editing out one key word, Jerry made it appear the general said U.S. Special Forces sprayed lethal sarin gas during “Operation Genoa,” a daring rescue mission that saved two Marines from public beheadings.
August 23, 2013 |
When "The Newsroom" premiered on HBO in June 2012, its opening credits, in which black and white images of Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow and David Brinkley floated across the screen to soaring theme music, signaled the high-minded ambitions of its creator, Aaron Sorkin. And if the nostalgic montage wasn't already a dead giveaway, the events of the pilot drove home Sorkin's purpose: After going on an inflammatory tirade about the dumbing-down of America, anchorman Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels)
August 22, 2013 |
"The Good Wife" meets "Law and Order: UK" in "Silk," the six-hour, three-episode series debuting on PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery!" on Sunday night. As host Alan Cumming helpfully explains in the first-night intro, "Silk" refers to the prestigious position of Queen's Counsel -- in British court, these high-ranking barristers wear gowns of silk (also those crazy wig hats.) Applying for silk is one Martha Costello (Maxine Peake), a passionate defense barrister who, like any good television lawyer, has made the law her life. Idealistic yet pragmatic, Martha firmly believes that providing a strong defense for even the most larcenous, mendacious and generally suspicious of the population is the keystone of justice.
August 19, 2013 |
By editing out one key word from an interview, hotshot producer Jerry Dantana (Hamish Linklater) damages ACN's journalistic credibility -- and exposes the cable network to staggering legal expenses -- on “One Step Too Many,” Episode 16 of HBO's “The Newsroom.” Jerry has visions of winning a Peabody Award as he probes Operation Genoa, a Special Forces rescue of two Marines in Pakistan. If a tip Jerry received is true -- that the U.S. sprayed a village with lethal sarin gas -- high-ranking officials could go to prison.
August 14, 2013 |
The New York Times website appeared to be slowly coming back online after being out for about an hour Wednesday. The outage, which caught readers and the Times' newsroom offguard, seems to be over. The New York Times communications department said the site was being restored and that it would post stories to its Facebook page in the meantime. Earlier, the company said on Twitter that the problem was a "server issue" that caused its...
August 13, 2013 |
Join veteran actress Jane Fonda, who racked up an Emmy nomination for her recurring role as tough-as-nails Leona Lansing on HBO's "The Newsroom," for a live video chat today at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time. The two-time Oscar-winner made her debut on the polarizing drama in the first season's third episode -- mostly being seen, not heard (she didn't say a word for nearly 50 minutes!). Since then, the actress has established her character, the owner of the fictional network parent company Atlantic World Media, as a staunch Republican (!
August 12, 2013 |
Social media play a starring role in “News Night With Will McAvoy,” Episode 15 of HBO's “The Newsroom.” ACN financial reporter Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn) is devastated when nude pictures of her appear on a “revenge porn” site. She initially claims the photos are fake - her head on someone else's naked body - but admits the truth when company president Reese Lansing (Chris Messina) confronts her with damning evidence. “It's me. I lied. I'm sorry,” says mortified Sloan.
August 5, 2013 |
“Unintended Consequences” - the most dramatic episode this season of HBO's “The Newsroom” - focuses on a tragedy in Africa that devastates associate producer Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill) and might, unintentionally, cripple the ACN cable network. First Amendment attorney Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden) believes a multimillion-dollar lawsuit facing ACN hinges on Maggie's fragile state of mind. That's why Rebecca's nervous. “I'm fine,” insists Maggie. But her psyche is obviously shattered, as symbolized by spiky red hair replacing her lovely blond locks.
July 29, 2013 |
“Willie Pete,” Episode 13 of HBO's “The Newsroom,” refers to military jargon for white phosphorous, a substance that obscures troop positions and inflicts horrific burns. Nasty as WP is, a special ops team allegedly used a far deadlier weapon -- banned sarin nerve gas -- when rescuing Americans from a remote village in Pakistan. At least that's what a retired Marine tells ACN's MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and on-loan producer Jerry Dantana (Hamish Linklater). News Division head Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston)
July 15, 2013 |
Maybe the legacy media aren't dead after all: Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" posted a small gain in its Season 2 premiere Sunday. An average of 2.2 million total viewers tuned in to the 10 p.m. broadcast, according to Nielsen. That's a relatively modest 4% gain compared with last year's premiere, but at least the numbers are headed in a positive direction. That's good news for HBO, given that Sorkin's series about a fictional cable news network was considered something of a disappointment last season.