The News­room

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 8.30pm, Show­case The bril­liant Aaron Sorkin ( West Wing) got off to a shaky start when this se­ries pre­miered last year but it im­proved along the way and the sec­ond sea­son has found its rhythm. Plots are tighter and char­ac­ters seem more nor­mal, if any­one work­ing on a tele­vi­sion cur­rent af­fairs pro­gram can be deemed re­motely nor­mal. I know from ex­pe­ri­ence that the hours can be long, and the pres­sure to be on top of a break­ing story and beat the com­pe­ti­tion — not to men­tion jug­gling in­ter­nal pol­i­tics — can be ex­haust­ing. Sorkin cap­tures it all while weav­ing in con­tem­po­rary news events and a few of­fice ro­mances. Hard-drink­ing an­chor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer MacKen­zie McHale (Emily Mortimer) make a for­mi­da­ble team; the fact they were once lovers adds fris­son. In this episode, Genoa Tip, a dodgy con­tact tells them about an at­tack on civil­ians in Syria by Amer­i­can spe­cial forces us­ing sarin gas. They can’t af­ford to ig­nore such a big story, but is it true?

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