‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Will Is Released From Jail, Maggie And Jim Finally Kiss

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The Newsroom’s penultimate episode, “Oh Shenandoah” was full of fan wish-fulfillment, with Will being released from jail after 52 days in solitary and Maggie and Jim finally coming to their senses and getting together.

It’s been 52 days and Will (Jeff Daniels) is still in his cell after being found in contempt of court for refusing to reveal the source that leaked classified government documents to ACN’s Neal Sampat. At first, Will was alone in his cell, but has recently found himself with a roommate serving time for domestic battery – his third offense. Continue reading “‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Will Is Released From Jail, Maggie And Jim Finally Kiss”

‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Will Leaves His Wedding In Handcuffs, Jim And Hallie Finally Break Up

“Contempt,” The Newsroom‘s third to last episode, featured one wedding, two breakups and an arrest, but it still remains unclear whether or not creator Aaron Sorkin is leading the series to a satisfying finish.

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After Rebecca (Marcia Gay Harden) stuffed Will’s subpoena in her dress, she informed the team that Will (Jeff Daniels) would be dragged out in front of a grand jury on Monday, refuse to testify and find himself in court again on Tuesday after the prosecutor gets a court order compelling him to reveal his source. She’s gearing them up for a fight when everyone receives a tip on their cell phones: the story of Will being served has hit the internet via Carnivore – Hallie’s new place of work. Jim (John Gallagher Jr.), of course, is less than pleased and he and Hallie (Grace Gummer) are forced to have it out. She admits she may have led her colleagues in the right direction for the story, meaning she most definitely used information she learned from her relationship with Jim to give her new employer a story. (Remind me, why are they still together?)

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‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Confident Maggie For The Win

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The Newsroom picked up where it left of last week in “Main Justice,” with the FBI raiding the ACN office hard drives. In an effort to get the FBI out of their offices, Charlie (Sam Waterston) pretended to call the LA office and air a fake live report of the FBI in their newsroom. Sloane (Olivia Munn) heads to the desk while Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) and Don (Thomas Sadoski) run over to the control room to try to figure out how to fake broadcasting a report, but they are hopeless until Maggie (Alison Pill) arrives. The team is able to fake a breaking news report using the monitors in their offices, at least well enough to convince the FBI to stop seizing their hard drives for a quick minute.

Best moment of the night: after Maggie schools the boys on how to actually set up a broadcast, she promptly tells Jim his fly is undone and leaves, inspiring this wonderful exchange:

Jim: “I’m not sure how I feel about confident Maggie.”
Don: “She’s looking good.”

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‘The Newsroom’ Recap: NEAL RUN! Hallie, GTFO!

The Newsroom proved once again that Mac and Will are incapable of going 24 hours without debating the purpose of journalism – to report news within accepted guidelines or to protect democracy – in the third season’s second episode, “Run.”

While Will (Jeff Daniels), Mac (Emily Mortimer), Neal (Dev Patel) and Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden) were arguing about whether or not it’s a journalist’s job to sacrifice his or her freedom to inform the electorate and ensure a working democracy (aka, Mac’s journalistic call of duty), Reese (Chris Messina) was stuck in the conference room with his younger half-siblings: twins Blair (Kat Dennings) and Randy, who are planning to take over the family company after their 25th birthday.

It’s clear from the very first scene that Blair is the brains of the operations and Randy is just along for the ride. Blair is more than willing to go toe to toe with Reese, and she is clearly holding onto some ancient family grudge against Reese and his mother. She’s going to share her and her brother’s shares of ACN to another company, that will then own a controlling interest in ACN and likely dismantle it and sell it off in parts. Reese and Charlie (Sam Waterston) both try to reason with Blair and Randy, but it’s useless until Leona (Jane Fonda) arrives. Leona breezes in and cuts to the chase: if what Blair and Randy want is money, she’s willing to pay two dollars more per share than the rival company, and she’ll get them the money before their birthday. Now we have a new problem: Leona needs to raise $4 billion in 10 days or the company is lost.

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An Open Letter To The Writers Of ‘Jane The Virgin’ – Let’s Talk About Raf

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Confession: I thought I would hate Jane the Virgin. The premise – a virgin gets artificially inseminated by accident – was just too wacky for me to wrap my head around, but I gave it a shot. It’s now one of my favorite new shows, along with Selfie (RIP) and How To Get Away With Murder. And, while I’ve gotten over the crazy premise (aforementioned), the larger-than-life characters (I’m looking at you, Rogelio) and the all too convenient coincidences (Raf is Jane’s babydaddy/boss/first kiss), one thing that I can’t get over is the ridiculous idea that Raf could actually be worthy of Jane, and here’s why:

1) Why did Rafael ever marry Petra?

Seriously, the girl has no redeeming qualities. Sure, Petra’s clearly skilled in the art of manipulation, but how did she manage to tame pre-cancer/playboy Raf? It’s gotta take more than some silky lingerie and well chosen words to get a rich Hugh Hefner wannabe to put a ring on it – just sayin’.

Follow up questions: Was Petra always a gold digger? Was her mother always in the picture, or did she something happen to her after the wedding? (Yes, these are more about Petra than Raf, but in my defense Petra is more of an extension of Raf than her own character.)

2) What is Rafael’s problem with Michael? Continue reading “An Open Letter To The Writers Of ‘Jane The Virgin’ – Let’s Talk About Raf”

‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Save Neal Sampat!

The Newsroom is back for its third and final season, and, with only six episodes left in the series, Aaron Sorkin is making each one count.

“Boston” found ACN jumping through hoops trying to keep up with the breaking news of the Boston Marathon bombing while Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn) and Neal Sampat (Dev Patel) chased their own stories on the side.

First, Mac (Emily Mortimer) and Will (Jeff Daniels) are still happily engaged and arguing about bridesmaids and groomsmen – Mac has nine bridesmaids (looks like someone finally got some female friends), but Will only has four guys he feels comfortable asking to stand up with him. Mac suggests Brian Williams, but Will shoots that down – he’s worried Mac will ditch him for Bri-Wills at the altar. Their pre-marital bickering is interrupted when Mac spots an explosion on one of the monitors – a bomb went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Continue reading “‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Save Neal Sampat!”

5 Reasons Why ‘The Mindy Project’ Is the Best

It’s been almost TWO whole weeks since the last new episode of The Mindy Project–and I’m slowly falling into a pit of despair without it. Thankfully, Hulu just uploaded the show’s entire Paley Fest panel, which has provided me with my Chris Messina fix.  After watching the panel, I was inspired to start watching the show from the beginning…again. Looking at the early episodes, I was reminded why I fell in love with the show in the first place, and I want to share those reasons with you. RIGHT. NOW.

1) Mindy Kaling, the creator/writer/star of the show, is fabulous.  Not only is she a trailblazer for women of color, but she also crafted a character who is desperately trying to be ‘the perfect woman’–and is constantly failing, making her someone you can relate to.  The character of Mindy may be cooler than you, it’s true, but she’s not so much cooler than you that wishing you were her will make you depressed (*cough* Serena van der Woodsen *cough*).  Plus, she’s hilarious and narrates her life…out loud…to strangers. Let’s face it–we’ve all wanted to do that at one point in our lives.

2) The show is grounded in a humorous examination of romantic comedies.  Not an episode goes by without an allusion to You’ve Got Mail or Sleepless Seattle (two of Mindy’s favorites), and it’s fun to see how the expectations movies inspire clash with Mindy’s reality in the show.  Like how going to the top of the Empire State Building or ice skating in Rockefeller Plaza is actually just a lot of waiting in line. Now I’ll know to cross those off my romance bucket list… Continue reading “5 Reasons Why ‘The Mindy Project’ Is the Best”