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Tuesday At The Movies: The Newsroom

Tuesdays are about movies but this week we didn’t watch movies, instead we finished watching the last season of The Newsroom. So that’s what this post is about. 😀

We started out with this series over a year ago. I remember enjoying it but I seem to have forgotten most of the storyline. I needed some refreshing before I watched the last season. Here’s some stuff I knew and some that I found out…

The Newsroom is a TV series about the day to day running of a news network and the lives of the people who work in it. The episodes revolve around recent real events and a news staff that is trying to report the news both ethically and responsibly.

Starting out in June 2012, the series completed in December 2014 with 25 episodes over three seasons. The series has a fairly large cast with the key roles being played by Jeff Daniels, Olivia Munn, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Sam Waterston, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel.

The series was created and mostly written by Aaron Sorkin and premiered on HBO. The series and its cast have been nominated many times but have won twice – the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series in 2012 and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Jeff Daniels in 2013.

Some trivia –

The character of Sloan Sabbith is supposed to be fluent in Japanese and Olivia Munn who plays the role is actually fluent in Japanese, as she spent her childhood living in Japan and graduated with a minor in Japanese.

Aaron Sorkin has a favourite episode title – “What Kind of Day Has It Been?”. He has used this title for the last episode of all his TV shows – The West Wing, Sports Night, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. This is also the title of the series finale episode of The Newsroom.

Jane Fonda’s character Leona Lansing is quite like a female-version of her third husband, Ted Turner. The name “Leona Lansing” comes from two highly successful businesswomen, Leona Helmsley a real estate developer and Sherry Lansing the former Paramount Pictures CEO.

In the last episode of the series the guitar played by Jeff Daniels is actually an OM Jeff Daniels signature model created by Martin a few years ago.

And lastly The Newsroom is the first Aaron Sorkin show whose pilot episode wasn’t nominated for any Emmys.

The Newsroom was an interesting TV series with an insight into what happens behind the scenes of the news channels we watch. It’s a series I enjoyed and one I would recommend you watch.

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