Making matters worse, he has also advised Sloan (Olivia Munn) to follow his example and go for the jugular on camera to get at the truth. But the brilliant, but inexperienced, news anchor goes too far, nearly ruining her career, and the career of a Japanese TEPCO spokesman during the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
I really loved this week's The Newsroom episode. Focused less on the news, and less on the various romantic entanglements among the staff, the script allowed us greater access to the man behing the news, Will MacAvoy. Jeff Daniels is excellent in showing us into Will's heart and mind. I've always enjoyed Daniels' work in film (well, maybe except for the Dumb and Dumberer stuff), and I could not be more delighted to see him starring in an HBO series that gives him so much to work with. An episode like "Bullies" allows him the room to really shine.
As a news junkie, I've tremendously enjoyed the episodes in which the breaking news takes center stage and we see the natural entropy of the newsroom coallesce into a brilliantly-ordered entity, fueld by the energy of its staff and catalyzed by the power of its leadership. But I didn't miss it this week when it took a back seat to the emotional impact of Will's backstory as it begins to unfold. I like that the series takes on varying tones and shades, even slowing down the pace slightly to tell a more personal story like this one
And I also hope that Will's psychiatric sessions become an regular, albeit occasional, feature of The Newsroom. They would provide a great non-linear storytelling framework to get at Will's inner life.
The Newsroom airs Sundays on HBO at 10 PM ET.