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The Newsroom: Season 2 (2014)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E3HDW3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The one-hour HBO drama series created by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and executive produced by Sorkin, Scott Rudin, and Alan Poul is back for a second season. Smart, topical, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining, The Newsroom takes a behind-the-scenes look at a high-rated cable-news program at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) Network, focusing on the on- and off-camera lives of its acerbic anchor (Jeff Daniels), executive producer (Emily Mortimer), their newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, and others), news-division boss (Sam Waterston), and parent-company CEO (Jane Fonda). Season 2 takes place over a five-day period leading up to Election Day 2012, and encompasses numerous flashbacks to earlier events from 2011 and 2012. One of the season's major story arcs involves a wrongful-termination lawsuit made by a staff member alleged to have doctored a report about a suspicious U.S. drone strike. As details about the suit's origin and aftermath emerge, The Newsroom team continues its quixotic mission to "do the news well" in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, and their personal entanglements.

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this really Jeff Daniels? August 20, 2013
Season two.

What is it about? It revolves around a news broadcast station and those that work for the news agency, ACN.

Jeff Daniels. Isn't he the Dumber part of Dumb & Dumber? Yeah, but dumb he's not. I have always liked Jeff Daniels but I never got the impression he was capable of fulfilling such a role. I guess no one ever gave him the chance. Seeing this side of Daniels was a bit shocking at first. I was like....."WOW, where did this come from?" He is witty, intelligent, sharp as a tack and is nothing less than impressive. Very impressive.

This shows relies on two things and one of them is strong acting from all. The cast delivers and delivers well. The other thing is writing. This is one of the best written shows on TV with strong actors capable of delivering well written scripts. The dialogue is fast, funny, intelligent and their timing is well executed. The scripts reflect today's current events which makes it even more fun. I have not seen a TV program with this level of well delivered scripts since Gilmore Girls.

This show is not one that you can casually watch while doing other playing on the computer. This show requires your attention. As the first reviewer remarked, you can watch an episode independent of the others and still enjoy it but watching them chronologically is best and stuff will make more sense.

Hats off to Mr. Daniels for such an excellent performance. 5 stars easy.

Edited to add: Mr. Daniels won an Emmy this year as Best Actor in a drama series for this role. If he nudged out Bryan Cranston in his final season, you know Daniels is dishing out some serious stuff.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, Well-Written Show September 20, 2013
The Newsroom is so good that I've watched it twice -- not merely because it MERITS the repeat viewings, but because the dialogue is so sharp and so fast that some of the genius doesn't truly register until subsequent viewing. The final episode of the second season deftly connected the threads of the story from both seasons and gave one of the most satisfying happy endings I've ever seen. Love this show! Jeff Daniels heads up a terrific ensemble, and if his character's infrequent use of tobacco riles some viewers -- ha! (Last I checked, tobacco is still LEGAL.)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great season for a great show! August 29, 2013
I really enjoyed season one and season two is great yet again. I think Aaron Sorkin has really stepped up his game and you can see how he's matured as a writer since his time since The West Wing.

The thing I really love about the Newsroom is how introduces me to the world of nightly news that I never really knew existed (well in my defense I knew it existed but I didn't know exactly how it operated) and I like that similar to what The West Wing did for White House politics. Now I do know that this is a work of fiction but I do like how Aaron Sorkin shows us how the gears operate behind the scenes of things we just see or affect us every day. And the newsroom is great for that I.E. learning what a red team is and how a news crews use them is just one very cool aspect of the show.

And the acting is amazing Jeff Daniels really knocks it out of the park (it's kind of funny to think that he was actually in Dumber and Dumber) uses the great actor and really solidifies in the role of Will McAvoy.

One thing to note season two is told out of order and has a series of flashbacks throughout the season which kind it can be confusing. So you'll definitely want to keep track of the dates and when things are happening otherwise you might get lost like I was for a few episodes. And what I mean lost I just didn't know when things were happening in the stream of time.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the show!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb writing, casting and performance January 9, 2014
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I thought Emily Mortimer couldn't be any better than she was in Lars and the Real Girl and Dear Frankie, but she has proved me wrong in every episode! Her sublime performance, whether comedic or tragic has me believing every word Sorkin put in her mouth. I thought Jeff Daniels would never equal HIS performance in Gettysburg, but, again, I was absolutely wrong! Will McAvoy is that treasure we all hope exists: an honest reporter who values the truth above his own success and, tortured though he may be by his sometimes-lack-of social-skills, he surprises me over and over again with his genuine goodness.
I have watched all seven seasons of West Wing and still love them and I'm confident that I'll be enjoying all the seasons (may there be many!) of Newsroom. Thank you, Aaron Sorkin and HBO, for writing for those of us who want smart television!!!
p.s. I had dropped HBO from my cable package until I heard Newsroom was coming---called the same day and got it hooked up!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smartest show on television December 26, 2013
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Smart, funny...this show is absolutely brilliant. And yet it doesn't take itself too seriously at the same time that it delivers some very convincing drama about real news situations. It goes from being so dramatic that you want to stand up and cheer, to laugh-out-loud funny in places. The serious news junkie will love it, as will the person who just enjoys HBO-level dramas. I recommend!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best program on TV! September 24, 2013
Seriously! Love the levels of smart, witty and insightful handling of things that have actually been going on in the world. We leave possibly seeing the events from a different perspective and feel highly satisfied with our entertainment quotient...which is a rare thing in itself. The second year is more gritty the first but it's so worth the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST SHOW ON HBO
Published 1 hour ago by Suzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Release on DVD stopped!
They released Season 1 in June of last year....Season 2 won't be released until AFTER the mid term elections....still think we have freedom of speech?
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Newsroom Season 2
When I pre-ordered this series, Amazon definitely informed me that it wouldn't be available on Blu-ray until July. I see these people giving it one star and complaining. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Mcgowan
1.0 out of 5 stars Mainly Amazon's Fault on this rating

Interesting note, if you are a UK amazon user AMAZON.CO.UK, you'll find this and a lot of other "screwed up in the USA" videos offered for immediate purchase and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Intent - Aaron Sorkin's Statement ?
I have watched all of the episodes from season's 1 and 2 and was surprised that the series would last only three years. What craftmansship! Both actors and writers. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sumner Coffee Drinker
5.0 out of 5 stars best show in a decade
one of the best shows i have seen in a decade. the set came with a few extras and i have enjoyed them.
Published 9 months ago by steve perona
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp show with a radical mainstream agenda
Great writing/acting/production/direction makes this show one of the best on TV. But...if you actually know anything about how government or media works, you will find this... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jack Of Alltrades
5.0 out of 5 stars Careful what you buy
I so loved season 1 that I bought season 2 of "The News Room". Wrong! There is another show out there called The News Room. The second season has not been released yet. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lynn Jacobs
1.0 out of 5 stars Otherwise great show RUINED by use of tobacco drug!
We enjoyed this series until the first episode which included totally out of place and unnecessary use of the tobacco drug. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dee J.
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The Newsroom season 2
Connie Baumgardner says:
I have had season 2 on a pre-order for almost a year. When will it be ready to be sent? It is just a little frustrating.
Aug 14, 2014 by V. G. Shopper |  See all 2 posts
Release Date? WHEN??????
What is taking so long to release Season 2??? I also purchased this as a gift in the belief that the release would be imminent.......and that was several months ago!
Apr 19, 2014 by Dana E. Pershing |  See all 4 posts
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