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The Newsroom: The Complete First Season (2012)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: "We Just Decided To" -- Creator/executive producer/screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, executive producer Alan Poul, and co-executive producer/director Greg Mottola Rating:10.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on March 14th, 2017:Find all reviews by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr
Just about the perfect commentary track. 3 intelligent, articulate participants in a relaxed conversation offering a wealth of information on all aspects of the production, from creation and development to casting and shooting, but without ever getting bogged down in detail and still finding time for some friendly banter.
I came to this series cold, happy to take a punt on anything penned by Sorkin, but after listening to this track (once I'd watched the whole series, although there are no spoilers so it could be listened to after viewing just this episode) felt fully up to speed with his inspirations and aspirations for the series. Exemplary.
Commentary 2: "The 112th Congress" -- Creator/executive producer Aaron Sorkin and actors Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterson Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Commentary 3: "I'll Try to Fix You" -- Creator/executive producer/screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, executive producer Alan Poul, and actor Emily Mortimer Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on March 14th, 2017:Find all reviews by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr
The two guys are clearly smitten with Ms Mortimer (and why wouldn't they be?), and this combined with her very English sensibilities and insecurities makes for a fun track.
Commentary 4: "Bullies" -- Executive producer Alan Poul and actors Jeff Daniels and Olivia Munn Rating:6.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on March 14th, 2017:Find all reviews by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr
This track is dominated by Olivia Munn (man, can she talk!) meaning Jeff Daniels is pushed to the sidelines and you almost forget he's there, so it's left to Poul to try and moderate Ms Munn, as well as correcting a few misconceptions about the intent of the episode along the way.
Commentary 5: "The Greater Fool" -- Creator/executive producer Aaron Sorkin, executive producer Alan Poul, and actors Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterson, Thomas Sadoski, and Alison Pill Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on March 14th, 2017:Find all reviews by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr
A multi-participant track with the 7 contributors spread across 5 cities in 2 countries! Despite this the camaraderie between the actors is obvious throughout (with the others especially enjoying Emily Mortimer's very real discomfort at watching herself on screen) highlighting why they work so well as an ensemble cast on-screen.