Newsroom Marathon

Posted by: Celandine

Newsroom Marathon - 09/16/13 04:34 PM


Here's yer chance to play Catchup...

HBO Zone is running the Entire Series
back-to-back Tonight starting @ 8PM EST.

B-There-or-B-Square
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/16/13 04:39 PM

I really enjoyed the last 2 episodes of the season.
Dave will find something to complain about......

Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/16/13 05:10 PM


mist pt2 last night
i'll play catsup tonight
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/17/13 05:04 AM

It's funny, I heard about this show, watched it (Jeff Daniels speech about America being number 1 hit all the right bells with me, it's all about America's American Exceptionalism). I watched the first 3 or 4 episodes and then some life event came along and I forgot to keep watching them. Gotta catch up. Glad to know they stayed good.
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/17/13 05:04 AM

I am also happy Jeff Daniels found something to truly immortalize his name. He did a lot of stuff, but too many would've just remembered him for Dumb and Dumber.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/17/13 06:11 AM

Originally Posted By: NucleusG4
I really enjoyed the last 2 episodes of the season.
Dave will find something to complain about......


I just caught pts1&2 of "The Election" on On Demand.

I really liked the way they closed the season too.

(You're expecting maybe an objection to Will's
masterful Pro Republican/Anti-Tea Party rant?)
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/17/13 06:14 AM

What season is it on now? end of 1st? 2nd? Can't even remember when it was I watched them.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/17/13 07:12 AM


They just finished their 2nd Season last Sunday.
If you have access to "On Demand" you can still
watch both seasons. Your own private Marathon! smile


..and yes..
I'm glad it gave Jeff Daniels a fresh start.
as much as I Love Jim Carry, "Dumb & Dumber"
was just plain (for lack of a better word) DUMB! crazy crazy
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/17/13 07:16 AM

I'll find some way to see them. smile need something now that Breaking Bad is winding down.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/17/13 09:45 AM


LOL
I can't escape the Will McAvoy/Keith Olbermann
parallel... with that (as this thread winds down)
...a K.O. interview I'd originally missed... laugh
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/17/13 09:46 AM

LOL.
Something.
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/18/13 11:21 PM

All this talk here and with a friend of mine about how good Newsroom is has inspired me. I got on wiki and got refreshed on the 3 episodes I watched and the started watching from there. Have watched 5 eps of the first season. The next episode is supposed to have the Fukushima Daiichi/Tsunami story in there. Looking forward to that.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 04:08 AM


I find no profound revelations in watching it,
it's still just a soap opera played out against
a background of yesterday's news... if anything
I'm fascinated by the inner workings of how it's
put together.. the same way I never get tired of
peering into my "skeletonised" pocket watch just
to see the "clock-works" movement do it's thing.

Speaking of which... do you know a watchmaker?
...as in someone who still maintains the ability to
take apart, clean, replace worn parts and restore
a mechanical watch to it's proper working order?
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 04:14 AM

I know what you mean. I do hope that people who like good drama but also believe all the Tea Party claptrap etc. get at least a different perspective when they watch it. Maybe wishful thinking.

I actually get annoyed when the dialog is just too snappy and well-timed and perfect. The real world is nothing like that. It's what we all would have said if we'd had 3 minutes to think about it first. This is not the first show to do this - Sorkin's West Wing was the same animal and there are other examples.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 04:20 AM


yeah...
...shoulda' coulda', woulda'...
s.o.s.
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 04:34 AM

I really related to a scene where Will is trying dating and it turns out his date loves all the tabloid stuff. He can't hide his boredom. I feel the same way. I have American (and even other nationalities, though not Japanese) friends over here that love all that Jersey Shore et al stuff. I am happy to say I don't have the slightest clue what it is all about, and am proud to say so.

I had heard the name Kardassian (spell?) - which I always thought was the name of a Star Trek alien race - and assumed she, they, it whatever was one of the Jersey Shore people. No, I was told, they are unconnected. Ignorance is bliss.
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 04:54 AM

Quote:
I find no profound revelations in watching it,
it's still just a soap opera played out against
a background of yesterday's news...


Exactly.
If it was made-up "current" news people would bitch that it was nothing like what was going on in reality.
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 06:05 AM

Yeah, it's genius I think that they use recent but past news events so they can be dead on about things, but still keep it fresh. It also makes the cast look clever about getting things right - like not jumping the gun and reporting Gabrielle Giffords was killed in the shooting in Arizona.
Posted by: MrB

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 07:15 AM

I watch it but it irritates the crap out of me.

What you said about the "snappy" dialogue nailed it.

Also their ability to take old news, edit the crap out of it, putting in their own players, to make it like they wished it were. And always getting in subtle and not subtle slams to conservatives and Republicans while making the other side look great.

They were much better in that department this year than last but thought it funny that on the final episode they just had to jump in on it.

Like the idea that a very liberal news show , on election night, would have a conservative analyst but no liberal counterpart as their panel. That this analyst was portrayed as over the top on her comments . Then in the last moments have her get in it with Will, who has said he is Republican (but certainly doesnt act like it) who then gives a diatribe about the evils of his own party.

But then last season on the final episode, he listed these evils on a white board so the viewers could get a good look at them. Sigh.

But, I'm sure glad Will and Mac got their feelings out for each other . Man I was biting my nails out all season on this.

On a positive note. I would like to hear more details of Maggie's and Carl ( I think that's his name) situation in Africa that precipitated in her changing her hair this sounds interesting

Dave
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 07:51 AM

Though I like the show, he doesn't seem a very conservative conservative. He's not even a balanced conservative, or a centrist from what I have seen.
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 08:49 AM

Quote:
It also makes the cast look clever about getting things right...


You obviously haven't seen the episode where they get something horribly wrong.
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 08:57 AM

Quote:
I would like to hear more details of Maggie's and Carl ( I think that's his name) situation in Africa that precipitated in her changing her hair this sounds interesting


As to the quick witted responses.. I can believe it. I have known many people who have a quick retort for nearly every situation. (Have you guys even met Steve G?) cool eek .
They are positioning themselves as a major news network... not some lil podunk tv station.

What do you think would happen if you put Ken Oberman and Chris Matthews and John Stewart at the same table?

These Newsroom people (characters) are cutting edge.. that's how they got the job... by thinking 4 steps ahead.

If you want to watch the same ole dialogue... go elsewhere.
Didn't hear anyone complaining when Hawkeye always had a witty response on MASH.

Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 09:00 AM


Purely out of curiosity...
...what News Channel do you watch in the Real World?

Maggie became close to a little kid while in Africa.
He used to beg her to read to him... the same book,
over & over again... even though it was pretty clear
that he wasn't able to fully comprehend English.
He'd sit in her lap for hours touching her hair as
she read to him because he'd "never seen anyone
with hair that color before".


It was pretty clear that having been orphaned in the
on-going civil war, that what he really wanted was
to be wanted... he'd chosen Maggie as his surrogate
mother, and being pretty "needy" herself at that
moment in time, Maggie bonded with him in return.

The day of the attack by rebel forces, he came running
to her only to find her not there, when Maggie noticed
he was missing she instinctively knew he would have
run to her... and indeed they found him cowering under
her bed........... that was the pivot point............

She dragged him out from under the bed and made a
dash for the vehicle to save his life... but in the
process, was responsible for his death (at least in
her mind) because a rebel SHOT AT HER as a moving
target.. and the little boy took the bullet instead,
so in essence, he'd saved HER Life instead.

No matter what anyone said, she couldn't help feeling
HAD SHE LEFT HIM HIDING HE'D NEVER HAVE DIED.
Or if it Weren't For Her HAIR That He'd Fixated On,
he would have run away with the rest of the children.

"...IF IF IF IF IF..."

I can imaging combat veterans are left to live with
those often irrational thoughts for the rest of their
lives... Maggie just wasn't equipped to deal with it.

The Ballad of Bill Hubbard



...Ali "Raz" Razzel lived with "his guilt" for 70 years...
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 09:06 AM


True Dat!

Keith Olbermann started out "life"
as a Sports Announcer
not much time to pen Snappy Prose
announcing play-by-play football. cool
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 09:31 AM

Originally Posted By: Celandine


He'd sit in her lap for hours touching her hair as
she read to him because he'd "never seen anyone
with hair that color before".

.


Having been to Uganda, I can verify that kids there love to touch a white person's hair. Even the hair on my arms..they were just really curious. They don't see too many mzungus. wink
Posted by: MrB

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 11:48 AM

Thanks
Was this explained in a previous episode? If it was I missed it.

Dave
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 12:07 PM

Doano if you'd missed the episode
that showed it all going down...
Other than that, it was all pretty
low-key... you had to be paying
close attention to the interaction.

...but as a woman and a Pisces
I'm extraordinarily adept at
"picking up" subtleties.

It drives my girlfriend crazy that
I understand everything her cat is
Trying to TELL her.

LOL "The Cat Whisperer"
Posted by: MrB

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 12:16 PM

What news channels do I watch in the real world? Well, usually I check CNN . I get most of my regular TV news from them. During the debates I, I tried to catch CNN, msnbc, and FOX. To get different perspectives on the analyseses . That way I can get upset with everyone. But, day to day I get my news from the same online sites as above but also check ABC, google, and NPR. I check these sites several times a day.

But, as to the show The Newsroom, it's produced by some very heavy liberal folks so its going to be that. Like any program on TV it is just a show. It's fiction. Like Boardwalk Empire, Dexter. Each has its own premise.

I do like the performances Of several of the actors on The Newsroom. My favorites are, Jm, Don, Neal, Sloan and Charlie.
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 01:12 PM

Mine are Sloan, Mac... and some more Sloan. laugh
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 01:37 PM

Nah, admittedly, I really haven't seen an episode where things go really wrong. I am sure it will.

The snappy dialog doesn't bother me that much, just a bit. Certainly not enough not to watch it. As I said, it reminds me a lot of West Wing: How they could be so busy with a current problem, but switch effortlessly to some other inside joke etc. And I loved that show too.

-I keep waiting for someone to take me to task on my Saul Goodman take, actually. And again, I like him too.
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 02:01 PM

Quote:
Nah, admittedly, I really haven't seen an episode where things go really wrong. I am sure it will.


It does. eek
Posted by: MrB

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 02:27 PM

"You got to call Saul"

I hear a Saul Goodman spin off is planned.

Dave
Posted by: garyW

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 03:54 PM

Originally Posted By: lanovami
Nah, admittedly, I really haven't seen an episode where things go really wrong. I am sure it will.


The entire season has been devoted to the storyline of ACN's staff being questioned by their legal counsel in preparation for a $20M wrongful termination lawsuit due their totally wrong reporting of the US military using chemical weapons on Pakistani civilians.
Click to reveal..
Their reporting was based on the "evidence" that was actually doctored tape footage, and yes, they got it all wrong and they were set up. Every episode in season 2 follows this storyline on how they f*cked up, the personal accountablility and the tangential circumstances that have taken emotional tolls on many of them and their own personal accountability and integrity has likewise acted to bond them. And yes, Sloan is red hot.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 04:10 PM


My favorite is Charlie
I've always liked Sam Waterston.

I find his interaction with Jane Fonda's
character (and son) the most interesting of all.


I still wonder exactly what happened to Keith Olbermann.
One night he wrapped up his show, and without any warning
or explanation simply announced that he'd just done his last show

...........................wtf?.........................
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 04:22 PM

Originally Posted By: garyW
Originally Posted By: lanovami
Nah, admittedly, I really haven't seen an episode where things go really wrong. I am sure it will.


The entire season has been devoted to the storyline of ACN's staff being questioned by their legal counsel in preparation for a $20M wrongful termination lawsuit due their totally wrong reporting of the US military using chemical weapons on Pakistani civilians.
Click to reveal..
Their reporting was based on the "evidence" that was actually doctored tape footage, and yes, they got it all wrong and they were set up. Every episode in season 2 follows this storyline on how they f*cked up, the personal accountablility and the tangential circumstances that have taken emotional tolls on many of them and their own personal accountability and integrity has likewise acted to bond them. And yes, Sloan is red hot.



now you hit on my least favorite character
the lying AHole who I'd gladly pull through
[censored]

and yes
too hot for my 2nd least favorite, Don.
Posted by: MrB

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/19/13 07:49 PM

I've really liked how the character of Don Keefer has developed this year over last. He has been very supportive of Sloan.

Dave
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/20/13 12:16 AM


nup

afaic
the dismissive, overbearing way he treated Jim
from day one (while Jim was warning him about
the ((yellow alert)) Deepsea Horizon event made
me want to land him on his keister from then on.
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/20/13 02:28 AM

I realized I had seen the Fukushima episode because someone showed it to me in the US because they wanted to know how good her Japanese was.

The answer is she has obviously studied it some but it was a bit stilted and she is not fluent as she was portrayed. Still an interesting set of scenes.
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/20/13 02:43 AM

Yes and that episode was definitely a series of things going wrong. The Fukushima Daiichi retraction and Will being taken to task for the black and gay Santorum supporter. The man who played that character was spectacular. I had to rewind it and watch his rebuke of Will again.
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/20/13 02:46 AM

And thanks to Gary for putting some stuff in a spoiler box. I know it's not Breaking Bad level stuff but I would like to find some stuff out for myself.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/20/13 12:25 PM

Originally Posted By: NucleusG4
Mine are Sloan, Mac... and some more Sloan. laugh

. . . . . . . . . <--FANtasy girl

<--da' real deal
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .NOW
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/20/13 07:16 PM

?
WTF are you going on about...lol?

I believe they are both real women.
Alex doesn't do it for me.. meh.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/20/13 07:32 PM


T'sok, cause neither do anything for me...
but my point was that one's an actress playing
a part, while the other is a real life journalist.

...also that I still find the parallel between
MSNBC and The Newsroom stunningly similar, right
down to, and including, a few of the main characters.

Posted by: MrB

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/20/13 09:22 PM

Agree

Dave
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/20/13 09:35 PM

Quote:
but my point was that one's an actress playing
a part, while the other is a real life journalist.


Why were you making this point?
Posted by: lanovami

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/22/13 01:46 AM

I don't watch much MSNBC, though I think it's on my calbe. I think the pointing out of that parallels between it and Newsroom are interesting. I may watch more MSNBC just to see.
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/23/13 02:29 PM

Originally Posted By: NucleusG4
Quote:
but my point was that one's an actress playing
a part, while the other is a real life journalist.


Why were you making this point?



Oh well. Guess I'll never know what you were trying to say.... cool
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/23/13 05:11 PM

Originally Posted By: NucleusG4
Mine are Sloan, Mac... and some more Sloan. laugh


Why?
What's all that about?

I'm planing to rewatch season 2
(Presently I'm in bed with a cold)
...what should I be watching for?
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Newsroom Marathon - 09/24/13 03:55 AM

?
If you can't follow the thread and comprehend it then I'm done here.
laters.