The Newsroom Season 2 Battles Controversy, Introduces New Cast

A new trailer for HBO’s The Newsroom recently came out, and it hints at what’s to come after a tempestuous first season. The premiere is set for July 14, with the first episode entitled “First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers“.

News Night anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) is in hot water following his on-air remark comparing the Tea Party to the Taliban, as the trailer clearly suggests. The dilemma was summarized by his boss, Leona Lansing (Jane Fonda) with the short but sharp response: “The chips are falling”.

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The trailer reveals three new faces, starting with Rebecca Halliday, played by Marcia Gay Harden. Halliday is a lawyer tasked to defend the network from a wrongful termination suit.

Hamish Linklater also joins the cast as Jerry Datana, a reporter who is offered to do a story that “makes careers and ends presidencies.” This particular development might be one of the main story lines this season, judging by the reaction from people involved.

Grace Gummer will also be making an appearance on the show playing a reporter for Mitt Romney. Gummer previously appeared in “Smash” last year, and just happens to be Meryl Streep’s daughter.

Several past issues resurface, starting with the return of Nina Howard, the TMI gossip columnist who may or may not be the end of McAvoy’s journalism career. Howard appeared in last season’s finale, although her efforts to ruin McAvoy’s credibility backfired. By the look of things, it seems the setback hasn’t slowed her down one bit.

In a behind-the-scenes feature, show creator Aaron Sorkin sheds light on what’s in store for some of the main characters.

“In the relationship department, Sloan and Don clearly have an attraction to each other and there’s a lot of chemistry there…Maggie, episode by episode, is going to lose everything. The season is a lot of fun, very exciting. Anybody coming to it new is not going to have much problem picking up what’s going on.”

The second season premiere of The Newsroom airs on July 14. Will you be tuning in to see what fresh carnage Will McAvoy and his crusading team will be bringing to the US media?

by Kim Barloso on June 10th, 2013

Kim is a TV fanatic who has the ability to find time to sit and watch her favorite shows, when she probably should be doing something else.

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