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The Newsroom - The Complete Second Season

3.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Description

Comedy series focusing on the goings on at a Canadian television newsroom.
Genre: Television
Rating: NR
Release Date: 14-FEB-2006
Media Type: DVD

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Before David Brent (Ricky Gervais), there was George Findlay (Ken Finkleman). Like The Office, The Newsroom is a comedy that looks like a documentary. Set in a Toronto TV station, the characters may be better educated than their UK counterparts, but they can be just as petty and immature. None more so than self-obsessed, buck-passing, penny-pinching news director Findlay. Eight years have passed since the first season. As the second begins, his wife and mistress have left him. He's seeing a therapist and taking anti-depressants. To make matters worse, airhead anchor Jim Walcott (Made in Canada's Peter Keleghan, channeling Ted Knight) has just made the move to American TV, so Findlay must find a replacement. The candidate he has in mind is as attractive as she is qualified. Better yet, she's single. Would it be unethical to ask her out? Back in the States, Walcott's morning gig gets off to a good start, but New York is a tough town, and the next thing he knows he's back on a flight to Canada. And that's just the first episode ("America, America"). Naturally, Findlay has not "grown" from these experiences. The only thing that's changed is his age, and death stalks him at every turn. In the remaining 12 episodes, he contends with the terminal illnesses of an old friend ("Reality Strikes"), an employee ("Death 1, George 0"), and an employee's pet ("An Enormous Waste of Time"). Guest stars include No Logo author Naomi Klein ("Pushy Moneygrubbing Cosmopolitan Racist") and 24 's Alberta Watson (several episodes). The second season follows writer/director/producer Finkleman's Foreign Objects and the TV movie Escape From the Newsroom and was renewed for a third and final season. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ken Finkleman, Matt Watts, Sarah Strange, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Douglas Bell
  • Directors: Ken Finkleman
  • Writers: Ken Finkleman
  • Producers: Ken Finkleman, Colin Brunton, Jan Peter Meyboom, Julia Dault, Scott McEwen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Goldhill Home Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007UQ24G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,870 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Newsroom - The Complete Second Season" on IMDb

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Truly, I don't know why Ken Finkelman isn't as famous as Ricky Gervais. He is hilarious as George Findlay, self-absorbed and neurotic news director, who's too busy thinking about ratings, bran muffins and his inability to secure a decent parking space to process or care about anthrax and potential nuclear meltdowns.

Although some episodes fell short for me, mainly because I'm not keen on the surreal aspects, in general, I enjoyed the entire series tremendously, and would highly recommend it. It has a stellar cast and crisp, original writing.
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Like several other people I ordered this in error thinking it was the Jeff Daniels/Aaron Sorkin drama of the same name!! Don't make the same mistake as once it's yours it's yours apparently (no returns) 😡
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I chanced across this series as it was airing on the local PBS affiliate. Ken Finkleman's George Findlay is a gem, an egomaniac and hypocrite. The supporting cast is also wonderful. The writing is sharp. If you haven't seen it, it's worth checking out. Favorite episodes include "The Fifty" and "Anchors Away."
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By alan on January 29, 2012
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the writing of this series is amazingly twisted. i'm proud to be Canadian, the more so because of this funny series.
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First, I thought this was season two of the Newsroom that just ended that we enjoyed so much. However, it was the Canadian The Newsroom (same name). I am hearing impaired and rely on captioning or English subtitles to understand the speech for DVDs, CDs, etc. This DVD did not have either. So, I couldn't understand the speech. I opened the package and tried to get the subtitles on and since there was none, I put it back in the box. When I contacted the vendor, I received a message that they would not accept returns of any opened packages. So there you go. It was probably OK, I just don't know. It was a pretty expensive "dud" for me.
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World class black comedy satire.... Finkleman is a genuine star. HIs selfish values are profound. He also has a cast of brilliant performers... Top class satire
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The Canadian version of Newsroom is the best. If you are looking for ascerbic irony, this is the TV series for you.
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