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Oi - Sorkinites! Anyone watching The Newsroom s2 on Sky Atlantic?

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RocknRollNerd Sat 12-Oct-13 16:26:37

Have done a search for a current thread but couldn't see one. Am assuming I'm not the only one watching given the WW lurve and general tolerance of Studio 60 etc.

Sooo...can we start speculating wildly as to how s2 winds up:

- Genoa - am utterly confused as to who is suing who as it's only now that the initial flashforwards or whatver they were at the start of the series begin to make sense. I'm assuming it's the SmarmyDCProducer who got fired over it and he's not happy that they set precendent when Maggie edited that 911 call...

- Is it going to be left with a whisper of a hint that Genoa did happen but they just didn't get the story nailed because otherwise how the feck does Charlie's mate at DoD fit into it all.

- When for the love of god are Sloan and Don going to get it together - and am I wrong to have a bit of a girly crush on Sloan.

- notwithstanding the whole 'I went through a horrible thing in Africa' am I within my rights to just want to slap Maggie for being so hopeless.

TheOnlyOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 12-Oct-13 16:28:48

Lurkity lurk. I AM

Maggie's Africa is Donna's Gaza.

RocknRollNerd Sat 12-Oct-13 17:40:33

That big flashing WW light still works then Olivia, you were fast!

You're absolutely spot on with the Africa/Gaza Maggie/Donna thing... I keep seeing parallels to characters and bits from the WW but that had passed me by totally. One of the reasons Maggie irritates me so much is whilst she is clearly Donna she hasn't moved past the hopeless stage, all of Donna's dripping about was in the first campaign and done through flashbacks... I'm also getting seriously confused about the timeline and Maggie's hair isn't helping!

Charlie in NR is clearly the Leo character...I did love the bit where he and the DoD guy were chatting, the dialogue was sublime.

Fiderer Sat 12-Oct-13 18:02:34

Where is the UK airing up to? I don't get Sky Atlantic & I watched the whole season. Which I always regret but that Sorkin pull is toooo stronnng grin

I made a mental note that when an MN thread appears I wouldn't (as before) gripe about Emily Marionette Mortimer & Maggie the Drip. I can prob keep that up for a whole post wink

Was surprised to see the lovely Jeff Daniels win the Emmy for best actor in Sept - esp when everyone thought the Breaking Bad man would win.

RocknRollNerd Sat 12-Oct-13 18:14:46

We've just seen Ep 6 of series 2 - the one where Will goes on the morning show and Don interviews the retired General about Genoa and then cuts the footage despite the clunkingly signposted continuity give-away of the basketball March Madness. It finished with Charlie saying they aired it at 9pm and by 10.05 they had a problem, none of it was true. So we've got 3 more episodes to go for this series I think...

grin at Emily Marionette Mortimer; I can't bear Macenzie McHale as a character. She's also far too drippy considering she's supposed to have been some ninja cross between Christiane Amanpour and Kate Adie/Orla Guerin. It does have the whole Sorkin misogyny thing running through it. The one decent female character (Dr Sloan) has to be socially awkward and also display spectacularly poor judgement in men; she can't just be awesome like she clearly is supposed to be. Gripe away, I will join you!

Fiderer Sat 12-Oct-13 18:30:07

YY, infuriated at the drippy ditzy bits - most annoyingly for Sloan, cos she has more to do in this series. I'm learning to zen out the Marionette and the Drip. Well, I tried to.

I think Hallie is really good - and really like her & Jim. Don is also much better in S2.

Maybe Sorkin didn't dare give Hallie ditzy moments. I looked her up cos she looked familiar, she's Meryl Streep's daughter grin

CJCregg Sun 13-Oct-13 00:53:02

I loved series one but have got behind on this series. The Sorkin pull is still strong but I find Emily Mortimer really fucking irritating and I just haven't got into it yet.

The mention of Donna's Gaza just makes me want to go back and watch WW again, from the beginning. I watched Juno the other day and totally fell in love with my namesake again :D

vvviola Sun 13-Oct-13 01:08:40

S2 finished a few weeks ago over here (NZ - we were only a week behind the US). It was fab... and only got better as the season went on. But then I actually like Mackenzie as a character grin

Sloan gets some good stuff too I think. I like her character a lot, but I think that's partly because DH reckons I'm a bit like her in some ways.
I will confess to having spent large parts of it going "oh, that's such a Toby/Josh/Donna thing".

We're suffering from withdrawal now, so we're doing a WW re-watch (3rd time for DH, at least 10th for me. Just finished season 4)

polyhymnia Mon 14-Oct-13 16:28:59

Am enjoying it but agree with others that Sorkin seems to have a thing for drippy females.

Not convinced Emily Mortimer would be in that job -too soppy and naive - always reminds me of EM's ad campaign for L K Bennett bags last winter, which looks about Mackenzie's level rather than running a major news programme.

As for Maggie - yes, absolutely reminds me of drippy Donna - can't help fearing Jim will have to end up with her, not Hallie, like Josh did with Donna, instead of the much more interesting and feisty Amy.

I too like Sloan though. Don would be better off with her than his ex.

TheOnlyOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 14-Oct-13 19:13:36

ooh its on tonight. YAY.

polyhymnia Mon 14-Oct-13 19:35:56

Yup I'm looking forward to it too! Despite two drippy women!

LadyGoodman Mon 14-Oct-13 20:59:29

I'm a couple of weeks behind but def watching even if its a bit sanctimonious and hollow just love jeff Daniels!!

Brockle Mon 14-Oct-13 22:55:55

best thing about series 2 was Sloan. I have serious girl crush blush smile

Nancy66 Tue 15-Oct-13 11:03:00

i am enjoying series 2 far more than the first series. Felt the first one had big teething problems but it's settled down a bit now.

Originally thought Emily Mortimer was horribly miscast but she's growing on me. Jeff Daniels is great. Not sure about La Fonda

limitedperiodonly Tue 15-Oct-13 11:44:54

I'm watching it but I hate them all. I'm one behind.

Why has moonfaced Maggie got long blonde hair again? I realise there are more flashbacks/forwards than I realised.

limitedperiodonly Tue 15-Oct-13 15:16:39

I've worked out the hair thing now. I still hate them

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