The News­room

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 8.30pm, Show­case Just as he did with The West Wing, which ended with a Latino pres­i­dent in the White House long be­fore many peo­ple had heard of Barack Obama, Aaron Sorkin hits on themes in The News­room that have an eerie con­nec­tion with the here and now. This sec­ond se­ries ex­am­ines the team’s air­ing of a false story that claimed US troops used sarin gas in a hostage res­cue. The fall­out threat­ens to de­stroy the TV sta­tion, but the owner, Leona Lans­ing (Jane Fonda), or­ders the News Night team led by host Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and news chief Char­lie Skinner (Sam Water­ston) to undo the dam­age and win back view­ers’ trust. Tonight, in part one, they take up the chal­lenge with feisty cov­er­age of the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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